Worship service confronts convention’s wounds

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The emotional wounds inflicted by discourse and decisions in the Mennonite Church USA convention delegate hall were the focus of a contemplative and repentant evening worship service on the...

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Youth speakers tell of Jesus encounters ‘on the way’

Alexa Smith, 16, of West Liberty, Ohio, said she heard a lot during Mennonite Church USA’s youth convention in Kansas City, Mo., about how to deal with the pain life brings. Many worship speakers June 30-July 5...

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Two resolutions pass, relatives lament LGBT exclusion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Words of lament by relatives of LGBT people and resolutions supporting Middle East peacemakers and condemning the fatal shooting of nine people at a South Carolina church highlighted the final...

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California thrift shop is first step toward an Anabaptist Resource Center

Full Circle Thrift taking shape in Pasadena area

PASADENA, Calif. — Mennonite Church USA’s Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference will open a new thrift store, Full Circle Thrift, in the next few months in the Pasadena area. The store name and logo were...

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Burkina Faso church loses land but stands firm

Refusal to give offerings of chicken and beer leads to conflict with village leaders

SIDI, Burkina Faso — Mennonites here persist in worshiping God even though village leaders have taken back the land on which they built their church. The leaders accuse members of the local congregation of...

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Amish schools find ways to serve special-needs children

CLARK, Mo. — Maryann Yoder, 5, will join her sister Edna, 7, and other Amish children in a local one-room schoolhouse in a few years. But until then, speech therapist Anna Crusha provides a different education...

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Urgent search for water in Mozambique

MCC helps parched rural communities find, maintain reliable sources of water

Six men grasp the long metal handle of a drill and walk slowly in a circle. They lean into the task, using their body weight to drive the drill shaft into the dry soil. They have hand-drilled some 16 feet down and...

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MC USA service laments sexual abuse

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Laments and hopes by and for those who have endured sexual abuse were tied and untied in a Friday evening worship service at the Mennonite Church USA convention. Moving from sorrow and...

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Sexual abuse: ‘We resolve to tell the truth’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 3 approved a statement confessing the church’s failure to offer healing for survivors of sexual abuse and vowing to “change our ways.” The...

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Delegates OK forbearance, uphold Guidelines

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In two highly anticipated decisions on policies regarding same-sex relationships, Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 2 approved resolutions that affirm both freedom and...

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Youth hear of seeking Jesus in tragedy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Michele Hershberger channeled Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon during her Wednesday evening address to 2,300 youth attending Mennonite Church USA’s convention. First, the Hesston College...

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Hopi Mission School problems prompt restructuring plan

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has informed the Hopi Mission School board, administration and staff that the organization does not have permission to use the Mennonite property the...

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Delegates oppose drone warfare, debate Israel divestment

Update: Delegate session leaders announced July 2 that the motion to table the Israel-Palestine divestment resolution for two years passed by a vote of 418 to 336, or 55 percent support. KANSAS CITY, Mo. —...

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At MC USA convention, 4,500 challenged to speak up

Armster invites worshipers to join Jesus’ movement

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mennonite Church USA convention participants were invited to join a movement not for the comfortable or satisfied at the event’s opening worship service June 30 at the Kansas City Convention...

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Deported Iowa pastor holds on to hope

Central Plains Conference recognizes Villatoro family’s peacemaking witness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Father’s Day was set to be difficult for the Villatoro family. Father and children, husband and wife were separated by thousands of miles and a 10-year ban on re-entry to the United States....

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Survivors, advocates form a chapter of anti-abuse network

Group with Catholic roots now serves people from various faith communities

Twelve survivors of sexual abuse and their advocates have formed an Anabaptist-Mennonite chapter of an organization that “protects the vulnerable, heals the wounded and exposes the truth.” Leaders of the group,...

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