Two pairs of conferences eye closer relationships

Franklin and Lancaster, Allegheny and Central District exploring new connections

As current and former Mennonite Church USA conferences deal with shifting congregational alignment, two pairs of conferences are looking at closer relationships. Franklin Mennonite Conference is considering a...

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Judge rules in favor of MC USA in Hopi land dispute

Education agency hopes to start school by September

Mennonite Education Agency is planning to start a new chapter at Hopi Mission School in Ky­kotsmovi, Ariz., after Navajo County Superior Court Judge Robert J. Higgins ruled in favor of Mennonite Church...

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Evana convention attendance nearly doubles

Network's second assembly includes baptism of four young people

UPLAND, Ind. — Hailey Beisel and Brooke Yoder weren’t signed up to attend Evana Network’s ReGen 2017 convention. But when two others from the Kaufman Mennonite Church youth group in Davidsville, Pa., dropped...

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LGBTQ advocates make the most of greater acceptance

Pink Menno and BMC see opportunity for conversations

ORLANDO, Fla. — From official seminars and an inclusive worship service to direct involvement in the Future Church Summit, LGBTQ participation and presence at the Mennonite Church USA convention reflected...

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Goshen College appoints Stoltzfus 18th president

GOSHEN, Ind. — Rebecca Stoltzfus has been appointed as Goshen College’s 18th president by a unanimous vote of the college’s board of directors and the board of the Mennonite Education Agency. She will take...

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To put love in action, Mennonite Church USA makes a list

Broken but beloved, leaning on a basic truth

ORLANDO, Fla. — For 3,200 people at the Mennonite Church USA convention July 4-8, “Love Is a Verb” was more than a grammar lesson. The week’s theme focused on the basic truth that Christian faith is love in...

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Tanzanians make connections at convention

Hundreds of congregations have left Mennonite Church USA in the last few years, making this summer’s convention a peculiar learning opportunity for a group of leaders from Tanzania Mennonite Church (Kanisa la...

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Future Church Summit: Where’s ‘quirky’ church going?

Summit sparks ideas that delegates call a guide for discernment

ORLANDO, Fla. — After 14 hours of talking about how to follow Jesus as Anabaptists in the 21st century, Mennonite Church USA delegates faced the question of how to describe what they had done. Had they set a...

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Israel-Palestine statement takes a ‘third way’

Resolution opposes military occupation, takes stand against anti-Semitism

ORLANDO, Fla. — Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 6 overwhelmingly passed a resolution on Israel-Palestine, confessing “our own complicity in this web of violence, injustice and suffering” and vowing...

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Rachel Held Evans: It’s not faith, hope and ‘being right’

ORLANDO, Fla. — When best-selling author and blogger Rachel Held Evans saw Mennonite Church USA’s “Love Is a Verb” convention theme, she hoped organizers didn’t see her Twitter...

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Youth convention challenged to love enemies

ORLANDO, Fla. — A powerful testimony of loving enemies made Mennonite Church USA Youth Convention attendees shed tears and give a standing ovation Wednesday evening. Via live video, John and Michele Sharp of...

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Mennonite Church USA convention: Put love in action

3,199 registered for Orlando 2017 assembly

ORLANDO, Fla. — God’s unconditional love, first expressed through the gift of Jesus Christ, was the focus of the opening night of the Mennonite Church USA convention July 4 at the Orange County Convention...

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Conservative Conference considers ‘Rosedale Network’

In a move toward simplicity, a team of Conservative Mennonite Conference leaders has proposed a new name for the denomination: Rosedale Network. The Executive Board is asking CMC ministers for their response. A...

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Questions deepen at Hopi school

Hopi Mission School in Ky­kots­movi, Ariz., has a new name and staff, prompting questions about who is operating the Native American ministry with decades of Mennonite history and influence. The transformation...

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‘Die Mennonitische Post’ celebrates 40th anniversary

MCC-supported paper connects German readers from Canada to Paraguay

Die Mennonitische Post, one of the last remaining German-language publications in North America, celebrated its 40th anniversary in June. Mennonite Central Committee, which supports the Post, has longstanding...

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Mennonite Brethren pastor a leader but not ‘the lead’

Californian's role fits within denomination's restriction on women in senior pastoral ministry

A part of Audrey Hindes always wanted to be a pastor. Even as a child, she took seriously the suggestion to read her Bible every day. “When I went to Fresno Pacific University my freshman year, according to...

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