Filmmaker explores roots of humor in Low German culture

There’s a stereotype floating around that filmmaker Orlando Braun doesn’t like. The stiff Mennonite farmer who traded his sense of a humor for a new seed company hat just isn’t true, and Braun wants to prove...

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Spanish education opens doors

Demand is growing but funding is tight for Anabaptist Biblical Institute’s grassroots leadership training program

Many of the 17 recent graduates of Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (Anabaptist Biblical Institute) shed tears as they gave graduation-day testimonies. It was an emotional moment, said IBA director Rafael Barahona,...

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EMM workers return to West Africa after Ebola crisis

Staff consult with locals, continue to assess situation

SALUNGA, Pa. — Four and a half months after leaving West Africa because of safety concerns connected to the Ebola crisis, a team of workers from Eastern Mennonite Missions is returning to their assignments. On...

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Race, power and diversity

MC USA people of color discuss how power works and can be shared

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Understanding how power works in Mennonite institutions was the theme of “Hope for the Future IV” Jan. 23-24 at Iglesia Menonita Arca de Salvación. The event gathers people of color in...

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Opinion: An army of peacemakers

Time is ripe for a massive expansion of nonviolent efforts to end injustice

Why not quadruple the size of Christian Peacemaker Teams? Actually, I’d like to see CPT increase a hundredfold. And there are reasons to think the time is right. Over the last several decades, there have been...

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Discrimination complaint settled

A Mennonite couple in Iowa who declined to host a gay wedding at their business have reached a settlement to dismiss discrimination litigation. To avoid further controversy, they will no longer pursue business...

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100,000,000 books sold

Choice Books hits milestone selling Christian books in supermarkets, drug stores

When Choice Books added contact information to its books, sold on small stands in stores across the country, letters began pouring in. Simon Schrock, executive director of the largest distributor of Choice Books,...

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MCC flooding response unites former enemies

Bosnia and Herzegovina work bridges historic divides

When Cornelius and Shauna Frantz of Pittsburgh came to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2013, they expected to work with people who had experienced trauma during the country’s 1990s civil war. They didn’t...

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Bethel talks focus on crime, race

Minority communities alienated by ‘crime-fighting’

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Charles Epp, professor of public affairs and administration at the University of Kansas, came back to his alma mater, Bethel College, to give presentations Feb. 8-9 on police treatment of...

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Chance meeting unites worlds

Singer links Amish, African-American cultures

HESSTON, Kan. — Levi Zook stopped in his tracks when Tony Brown greeted him in Pennsylvania Dutch on a train bound for Albuquerque, N.M. Zook, an Amish man from New Holland, Pa., likely never expected to hear a...

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Across 90 years, a call for unity

Leader of ‘Mennonite union movement’ has word for today, historian says

BLUFFTON, Ohio — A plea from C. Henry Smith to the Mennonite church 90 years ago remains relevant today, according to the author of a forthcoming book about the Mennonite historian. After World War I, Smith...

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What are Anabaptists becoming?

ELKHART, Ind. — Pastors Week participants at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary pondered metaphors of rhizomes, a flame, a midwife and mestizos as they heard challenges to trust God more fully and to share...

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Committee: No structural solution to MC USA tensions

Survey to seek delegates’ views on polity questions before convention

The idea that major structural change might help Mennonite Church USA resolve its conflicts has been tested and dropped. Instead, delegates at this summer’s convention will turn their attention to polity, or...

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Believers baptism churches meet

Representatives gather, share changing understandings

KINGSTON, Jamaica — For the first time, representatives of six churches that practice believers baptism gathered to discuss mutual recognition of baptism and Christian unity. At the consultation, held Jan. 8-10...

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Conrad Grebel president promotes the three ‘Cs’

Speaking at Bluffton, Huxman outlines the value of Christian liberal arts education

BLUFFTON, Ohio — The three Rs have been viewed as foundations of education since the days of the one-room schoolhouse. But the president of Canada’s Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ont., proposed...

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EMU students enlist Nobel laureate in fight against Ebola

Leymah Gbowee to speak at Feb. 7 fundraiser events

HARRISONBURG, Va. — After spending the summer thousands of miles from her native Liberia and watching nervously as Ebola swept through her country, sophomore Winifred Gray-Johnson wanted to take action when she...

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