Retiring scholar’s mission: solving Amish riddle

Kraybill known for his ‘sensitive portrayal of a peculiar people to a curious public’

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Donald B. Kraybill has written about the forgiving Amish of Nickel Mines, Pa., and the revengeful Amish of Bergholz, Ohio. Now, after 44 years of immersion in the Anabaptist worldview and...

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The most important book

Canadians give Ethiopian students Bibles in English

DEBRE ZEIT, Ethiopia — Three years ago, Fanosie Legesse made a challenge to Listowel (Ont.) Mennonite Church. Would they help him make sure that the students of Mese­rete Kristos College in Debre Zeit,...

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Cartoonist and writer combined humor, insight

Joel Kauffmann, whose cartoon strip Pontius’ Puddle has enlivened the pages of church periodicals for three decades and whose screenplay for the 1990 film The Radicals dramatized the birth of Anabaptism, died...

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Manitoba church fills 100 panes with stained glass

WINNIPEG, Man. — As fire transforms sand into glass, so God’s power transforms people into beautiful reflections. For a group of 20 from River East Mennonite Brethren Church, this truth became tangible as they...

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Real estate project in Kenya to fund mission work

NAIROBI, Kenya — A real estate development, including dozens of condominiums, is coming to the property of Amani Gardens Inn, formerly the Mennonite Guest House, in Nairobi. The Mennonite Board in Eastern Africa...

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African-American pastors, leaders make connections

MMN and AMBS listen to, learn from and seek to empower black church leaders

ELKHART, Ind. — About 30 African-American Mennonite pastors and lay leaders expressed optimism, hope and surprise during a gathering April 24-25 at Mennonite Mission Network and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical...

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Active year sees Mennonite schools merge, close

Pennsylvania schools integrate; Pasadena, Calif., academy closes its doors

The boards of two Pennsylvania Mennonite schools have approved a plan to integrate into one unified school system with a single superintendent and board. Penn View Christian School, a K-8 school in Souderton, will...

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In a reversal of Babel, languages no barrier to building church in Congo

A global village came together in February to raise the rafters of a new building that will house Kanzala Mennonite Church in Tshikapa, Congo. Three years ago, high wind and torrential rain destroyed the previous...

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Opinion: Building an alternative

Creating the first portable meat canner put nonresistance in action — and was a highlight of a lifetime of service to others

I remember walking down the street in Hesston, Kan., in 1946 toward Aden Holdeman’s machine shop. In the lead was my father, Jess Kauffman, then 35 years old and pastor of Hesston Mennonite Church. With him was a...

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MB youth challenged to consider their identity

‘Named 2015’ draws 780 to MB youth gathering

DENVER — Every four years, high school students from Mennonite Brethren churches across the country get together for the largest gathering of Mennonite Brethren in the United States. This year, 780 students and...

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MWR wins seven awards from press association

TORONTO — Mennonite World Review won seven awards, its second most ever, at the annual convention of Associated Church Press on May 1. For the 13th year in a row, MWR won one of the top three awards for national...

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Charges dropped in immigration detention protest

Anabaptist community leader galvanizes opposition to prison for immigrants

LUMPKIN, Ga. — A judge in Georgia on April 9 dropped charges against a group of immigrant-rights activists, including the leader of an Anabaptist community. At the culmination of a Nov. 22 vigil, five protesters...

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Radio broadcast celebrates Mennonites at Goshen

Garrison Keillor shares national spotlight with students and audience

GOSHEN, Ind. — For those in the audience, the May 2 live performance of A Prairie Home Companion at Goshen College was a show they’ll never forget. But for the 27 students in the college’s Chamber Choir, it...

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Board’s resolution ‘tests’ Membership Guidelines

Announcing a new resolution for delegates May 4, the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board says it is “testing the status” of the denomination’s Membership Guidelines. The resolution asks delegates at the June...

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Small Canadian conference puts ‘Christian’ first

Chortitzer Mennonite Conference changes its name

The Chortitzer Mennonite Conference, with 10 congregations in western Canada, has chosen a simpler name. At their annual meeting in Steinbach, Man., on April 18, delegates voted to be called Christian Mennonite...

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EMU president announces retirement

Swartzendruber to step down in June 2016

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Eastern Mennonite University President Loren E. Swartzendruber announced April 30 that he plans to retire June 30, 2016. The date will mark 13 years of leadership as the university’s eighth...

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