Martens, Mennonite Brethren scholar who served the church, dies at 86

FRESNO, Calif. — Elmer Mar­tens, a Mennonite Breth­ren biblical scholar and seminary president whose life was a testament to faith, knowledge and service to the church, died Sept. 21 of a heart attack. He was...

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Opinion: Stronger accountability makes the church safer

A Mennonite conference took action this summer to make the church a safer space by enhancing the accountability of its credentialed leaders. Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA, which includes 33...

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Activist and Jubilee group announce partnership at EMU

Biblical vision seeks a more just economy

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Christian activist Shane Claiborne announced a partnership with the nonprofit financial reform organization Jubilee USA Network Sept. 14 at Eastern Mennonite University. He joined with...

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Youth keep school-kit tradition going strong

With an MCC project, siblings revive the spirit of service they learned at a church that closed its doors

McPHERSON, Kan. — Berg­thal Mennonite Church has passed into history, but its spirit of service lives. Two of its youngest former members have taken the lead in keeping the legacy going. They’ve revived one of...

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Colombians celebrate historic peace accord

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Angélica Rincón could not stop smiling. All around her, crowds cheered and waved signs, banners and Colombian flags. Rin­cón — like others who have worked with Mennonite Central...

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Firm to investigate abuse allegation responses for Mennonite Church USA

Mennonite Church USA has contracted with a Delaware firm to investigate how church institutions responded to abuse allegations against a former Eastern Mennonite University administrator. EMU had already begun...

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U.K. reveals Anabaptism without baggage

What does “Anabaptist” look like when you strip off the Mennonite clothing? That’s the question Joe Miller, lead pastor of Mellinger Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pa., set out to answer. After hearing about...

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Return of the King

Musical about Jesus' life and teachings revived with a recording, and a script and score for lease

NEWTON, Kan. — Creators of a musical about the life and teachings of Christ have resurrected the work with hopes of reaching an even wider audience than they did nearly a decade ago. Instead of going on tour,...

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In poorly educated South Sudan, MCC builds up schools

In world’s newest country, where literacy is low and political instability continues, MCC-supported education includes peace component

RUMBEK, South Sudan — When South Sudan became an independent country in 2011, hopes were high and the future looked bright. But conflict broke out in 2013, and violence has ebbed and flowed since then. Education...

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Bethel College to host Steel Wheels benefit concert Sept. 20

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — When the Steel Wheels come to Bethel College Sept. 20 to do a benefit concert at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall, it will be one more link in a chain of connections aiding Russ Neufeld in his battle...

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Song project fund drive draws on love for ‘606’

A fundraising website for the new song collection for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada has been launched at The fundraising phase is called Project 606, so dubbed from the...

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Amish-Mennonites plant outpost in Wyoming

Forrest Mast’s Kentucky congregation felt a call to plant a church where there are few Mennonites. They found that place in Wyoming — home to about 100 conservative Anabaptists in a small handful of...

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Ethiopian college pushes to finish dorm for women

Debra Zeit, Ethiopia — The college that serves the leadership training needs of the Anabaptist world’s largest cluster of churches is in a final push to complete a women’s dorm. The project is being spurred...

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Mennonite Disaster Service seeks volunteers for Louisiana flood

Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers have begun the arduous process of mucking out and cleaning up homes in the town of Central, La., resulting from the worst U.S. disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. There is...

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Opinion: Uniformity is weakness

Sticking with those just like us takes the easy path, impoverishes the church

While living in Botswana, I talked with a friend who wore a medallion identifying him as a member of the Zion Christian Church. Attached to it was a fringe of blue cloth. I asked what that meant. “I do it because...

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Virginians put a charge into creation care

Fund offers incentives for renewable energy

Huntington Mennonite Church in Newport News, Va., is home to four electric car-charging stations, thanks to a member with a passion for creation care who wants to see other congregations take on similar...

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