Colonists in Mexico: a misunderstood people

Modernization, improved education stand in contrast to an unfair negative image

Many U.S. and Canadian Mennonites think of German-speaking Mennonites in Mexico as a backward people in a wild-west country. We read of Mennonites involved in drug trafficking and ask ourselves, “Can this...

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Scattered, traumatized Nigerian Brethren rebuild lives, preserve church

Devastation caused by Islamic insurgents “could well have been the death knell” for the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, but the people are resilient as they rebuild their homes and lives, a North American...

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Worship service confronts convention’s wounds

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The emotional wounds inflicted by discourse and decisions in the Mennonite Church USA convention delegate hall were the focus of a contemplative and repentant evening worship service on the...

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Youth speakers tell of Jesus encounters ‘on the way’

Alexa Smith, 16, of West Liberty, Ohio, said she heard a lot during Mennonite Church USA’s youth convention in Kansas City, Mo., about how to deal with the pain life brings. Many worship speakers June 30-July 5...

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Two resolutions pass, relatives lament LGBT exclusion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Words of lament by relatives of LGBT people and resolutions supporting Middle East peacemakers and condemning the fatal shooting of nine people at a South Carolina church highlighted the final...

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Claiborne tells MC USA community is possible

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Writer and activist Shane Claiborne called members of Mennonite Church USA to dust off their romance with Jesus and not be afraid to look a bit odd while doing it in the closing worship session...

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Evana hires pastor of development, makes autumn plans

Network to host worship celebration in October

NEW PARIS, Ind. — Evana Network, a community of evangelical Anabaptist churches set to launch in September, has hired Wes Furlong as pastor of church development. Furlong is lead pastor of Cape Christian...

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California thrift shop is first step toward an Anabaptist Resource Center

Full Circle Thrift taking shape in Pasadena area

PASADENA, Calif. — Mennonite Church USA’s Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference will open a new thrift store, Full Circle Thrift, in the next few months in the Pasadena area. The store name and logo were...

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Burkina Faso church loses land but stands firm

Refusal to give offerings of chicken and beer leads to conflict with village leaders

SIDI, Burkina Faso — Mennonites here persist in worshiping God even though village leaders have taken back the land on which they built their church. The leaders accuse members of the local congregation of...

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Opinion: Intrusion of dissenters

On the eve of World War II, 100 young COs joined a unique experiment

Seventy-four years ago, I was part of a national experiment unlikely to be repeated. On June 5, 1941, a camp for conscientious objectors to war opened at Templeton Gap on the northwest edge of Colorado Springs,...

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Amish schools find ways to serve special-needs children

CLARK, Mo. — Maryann Yoder, 5, will join her sister Edna, 7, and other Amish children in a local one-room schoolhouse in a few years. But until then, speech therapist Anna Crusha provides a different education...

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Urgent search for water in Mozambique

MCC helps parched rural communities find, maintain reliable sources of water

Six men grasp the long metal handle of a drill and walk slowly in a circle. They lean into the task, using their body weight to drive the drill shaft into the dry soil. They have hand-drilled some 16 feet down and...

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MC USA service laments sexual abuse

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Laments and hopes by and for those who have endured sexual abuse were tied and untied in a Friday evening worship service at the Mennonite Church USA convention. Moving from sorrow and...

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Sexual abuse: ‘We resolve to tell the truth’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 3 approved a statement confessing the church’s failure to offer healing for survivors of sexual abuse and vowing to “change our ways.” The...

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Delegates OK forbearance, uphold Guidelines

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In two highly anticipated decisions on policies regarding same-sex relationships, Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 2 approved resolutions that affirm both freedom and...

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Youth hear of seeking Jesus in tragedy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Michele Hershberger channeled Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon during her Wednesday evening address to 2,300 youth attending Mennonite Church USA’s convention. First, the Hesston College...

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