Western District weighs congregational freedom

Survey reflects diversity, unity

MOUNDRIDGE, Kan. — Congregational freedom is a tradition in Western District Conference. Now the conference needs to decide how that tradition applies when issues of same-sex relationships test the...

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Lancaster Conference terminates retired pastor’s credentials

Pastor writes open letter after signing son's same-sex marriage certificate

Mennonite Church USA’s Lancaster Mennonite Conference has removed the ministerial credentials of a retired pastor for officiating a same-sex marriage. Chester Wenger, a 96-year-old retired missionary and minister...

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AMBS provides resources for sexuality conversations

ELKHART, Ind. — A collection of resources for conversations about sexuality is emerging from the work of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary faculty. AMBS President Sara Wenger Shenk emphasizes that...

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Nigerian Brethren headquarters overtaken by insurgents

KWARHI, Nigeria — Boko Haram insurgents overtook the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria headquarters property Oct. 29. Both the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN) headquarters and Kulp Bible College were...

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Canada links lead to Cambodia ordination

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The growth of Vietnamese Mennonite churches in British Columbia has led to closer ministry connections in Cambodia. In early June, Mennonite Church British Columbia sent three...

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Ebola challenges school in West Africa

Former mission workers support Liberian school

DALTON, Ohio — Despite the Liberian government closing schools in an attempt to arrest the spread of the Ebola virus, teachers at the Bridge of Hope girls’ school continue to educate through visits to...

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Are they really Amish?

Author speaks about clan that carried out beard-cutting attacks in Ohio

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Ironically, the first group convicted for religiously motivated violence under the U.S. Hate Crime Prevention Act was Amish. Or claimed to be. “This is a sad, sad bizarre story,” Amish...

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Atlantic Coast Conference adds one, loses another

Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA welcomed one congregation and said goodbye to another during its fall assembly Oct. 25 at Blossom Hill Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pa. With an 88 percent vote,...

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Goshen marathon of hymns

Students prep to sing for peace for 48 straight hours

GOSHEN, Ind. — With the goal of uniting in harmony to bring peace to a troubled world, Goshen College’s Hymn Club will bring together students and community members to sing continuously through every verse of...

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Learning from those who left

Conference on ex-Mennonites offers a message of grace, humility

Phil Kleinsasser urged the faithful to sow their money in the offering plate in order to reap abundance in all areas of their lives. Kleinsasser is a Hutterite surname, but his admonition came not in an austere...

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With women eligible for combat, is draft registration next?

As Norway became the first NATO country to require women to register for the draft this month, it has American military analysts debating whether the U.S. could be on the verge of taking the same step, too. It was...

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Gulf States Conference decides not to withdraw

But several congregations expected to leave MC USA

A proposal for Gulf States Mennonite Conference to withdraw from Mennonite Church USA failed to pass at the Nov. 1 annual assembly at Des Allemands (La.) Mennonite Church. However, that doesn’t mean a majority of...

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