After first ‘peer review,’ Mennonite Church USA leaders question its value

HESSTON, Kan. — The licensing of an Ohio pastor who is gay has gone through Mennonite Church USA’s first “peer review.” Whether others will be done is an open question. More than 60 members of the...

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Bethel president to leave at conclusion of academic year

Perry White to step down after seven years

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Bethel College President Perry D. White announced plans on Oct. 18 to step down at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year, concluding seven years of service to the college. “I intend...

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On Election Day, allegiance to Jesus

Election Day Communion, a reminder that God is in charge, continues to grow

On Nov. 8, churches across the U.S. will participate in Election Day Communion, a national movement to unite Christians of all denominations, despite political differences. “The practice of communion is an...

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Mennonite Church USA conference seeks faith formation for all ages

AMBS hosts ‘Deep Faith,’ imagines new ways of passing on faith to next generation

ELKHART, Ind. — Do Christians have the resources to pass on their faith to their children? The Deep Faith conference was organized to help promote faith formation for all ages. More than 100 people from across...

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Commentary: Native voices still strong

Harts honored for service to church and tribe

CLINTON, Okla. — On Oct. 8, mainstream communities in the U.S. were preparing to usher in Columbus Day, a noncelebration for Native people. In North Dakota, the Standing Rock standoff continued on the land where...

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Armless Archer inspires

Iowan competes in Paralympics in Rio

Matt Stutzman was born without arms, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a world-class athlete. Stutzman, of Fairfield, Iowa, returned home in September from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,...

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New magazine promotes conservative Anabaptism

As printed publications struggle to remain viable in the digital age, a new conservative Anabaptist magazine hopes to buck the trend by bucking subscriptions. Anabaptist Voice’s first quarterly issue was...

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Mennonite World Conference regional representative visits churches in Japan

It was a great privilege to visit churches in Japan as a Mennonite World Conference regional representative. In Japan, there are 73 congregations and 2,801 members. The purpose of my visit was to introduce MWC and...

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Devastation in Haiti: ‘Yesterday, we lost everything’

MCC responds to Hurricane Matthew with relief kits

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Overflowing with rain from Hurricane Matthew, the rushing water of the River Gris washed away Sarditren Dete’s and Antovan Enit’s houses and possessions, destroying their...

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Virginia relief sale a labor of love for 50 years

MCC fundraiser celebrates a half-century of generosity and fellowship

MOUNT CRAWFORD, Va. — There’s something distinctive about the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale. Or maybe it’s actually a lot like the dozens of other Mennonite relief sales across North America — but made...

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Hopi school staff members arrested on allegation of Social Security fraud

The administrator and a teacher at Hopi Mission School were arrested by federal agents Sept. 27 in Kykotsmovi, Ariz. It is another link in a chain of legal issues the school has experienced since at least...

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Goshen bounces back in a year of lower enrollments

In a down year for enrollment at many U.S. Mennonite colleges, universities and seminaries, Goshen (Ind.) College’s enrollment is up, returning to levels it last saw in 2013. Overall, two institutions reported...

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Evangelical Mennonite group looks west

Gathering in Oklahoma, AMEC moves beyond its Pennsylvania roots

An alliance of congregations centered mostly in southeastern Pennsylvania is making an effort to expand its geographic scope by holding its biennial conference in Oklahoma. The Alliance of Mennonite Evangelical...

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10 years after Nickel Mines school killings, the work of grief remains

BART TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The West Nickel Mines School is long gone. Two of the survivors are now married. Several of the couples who lost their daughters have had more children. The shooting 10 years ago in a placid...

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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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