Goshen, Ind., confronts its sundown town past

Hidden racism once was common, but Goshen may be the first city to formally acknowledge it

When Dan Shenk began researching the sundown town history of his city, Goshen, Ind., he was surprised how much information he found. He read about it in sociologist James Loewen’s book, Sundown Towns: A Hidden...

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Confession change aims to get MBs talking

HILLSBORO, Kan. — Larry Nikkel wants to start a conversation among Mennonite Brethren about peace and nonviolence that hasn’t happened in decades. Nikkel, chair of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren...

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MC USA board sends ‘forbearance’ resolution to delegates

“Forbearance” is the key word of a resolution the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board will send to convention delegates in July. Meeting April 6-8 in Kansas City, Mo., the board approved the resolution —...

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3,400 register for MWC so far

Part-time registration option is now available for global assembly in July

By mid-March, Mennonite World Conference assembly registrants totaled about 3,400 people from 66 countries. Registrants for the event July 21-26 in Harrisburg, Pa., represent 18 African countries, 15 Asian...

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Writing conference goes west for a changed landscape

FRESNO, Calif. — A major aspect of the latest Mennonite/s Writing conference, which took place March 12-15 on the campus of Fresno Pacific University, was changed landscapes, both literal and...

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Tour gives choir member a chance to share his city

Steven Davis is learning a new way of life — and of singing — since coming to Goshen (Ind.) College last fall from New Orleans. With the beat of southern gospel in his blood, Davis is learning the more rigid...

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Labor, love connect faith communities

The power of Hurricane Katrina to ravage Gladier Dalton’s New Orleans church in 2005 was no match for the power of hammers and friendship to restore new hope. In 2014, College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind.,...

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Hesston expands nursing program to bachelor’s degree

College receives approval to offer program this fall

HESSTON, Kan. — Hesston College received approval from the Kansas State Board of Nursing March 25 to launch a bachelor of science in nursing program starting with the 2015-16 year. The introduction of the program...

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Testimony: Sunday school shines

Teacher finds new children’s curriculum is the best ever

MennoMedia’s new Shine Sunday school curriculum for children is praiseworthy: easy to plan, easy to teach and committed to deep and simple truths that stick with me all week long. I commute 45 minutes to church,...

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Canadian MB response to same-sex wedding: it wasn’t us

Canadian Mennonite Brethren leaders needed to clear up confusion about whether their denomination was involved in a same-sex wedding. Responding to numerous inquiries, the leaders, Willy Reimer and Brian Cooper,...

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Opinion: Chasm between ‘plain’ and ‘liberal’

I attended parts of the Ana­baptist Identity Conference (“Conservative Anabaptists Reject Fundamentalism”). I had not been aware of these conferences, which have been occurring for some time. Such is the chasm...

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Rare Russian Mennonite photos to see new life

A collection of photos depicting Mennonite life in Southern Russia (present-day Ukraine) at the turn of the 20th century — a pinnacle quickly wiped out by the Bolshevik Revolution — should find its way back to...

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Bible study series adds female voices

Nearly 30 years after first volume was published, completion of commentary project is foreseen by 2020

Female writers have a voice for the first time in a decades-long project to publish commentaries on the entire Bible. MennoMedia on Feb. 9 released Lamentations, Song of Songs, the 27th volume of its Believers...

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California churches assist with Ukrainian relief

Americans, Ukrainians share material aid, God’s love

Mennonite Brethren in Fresno, Calif., are responding to conflict and suffering in Ukraine by partnering with Ukrainian MB congregations for ministry in the country’s war zone. Conversations between Mountain...

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MC USA council endorses unity statement

Among three proposed resolutions on sexuality, leaders state their preference

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Conservative, progressive or a call for unity and tolerance? That was the question for the Mennonite Church USA Constituency Leaders Council as its members weighed three proposed resolutions...

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MCC to replace its meat canning rig

A new rig for Mennonite Central Committee’s traveling meat canning operation will be coming together soon, mostly in Ephrata, Pa. MCC canning coordinator John Hillegass said nothing was specifically wrong with...

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