Allegheny Conference to license LGBT pastor

Hyattsville church has long history of inclusion

Allegheny Mennonite Conference on Feb. 15 announced it will license for ministry a Maryland pastor who “is a member of the LGBTQ community and married to her partner.” The conference approved a request to...

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Conference shrinks when members don’t recommit

Pacific Southwest subtracts churches with weak connections

Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference parted ways with nearly a quarter of its congregations at its annual meeting Feb. 11 in Pasa­dena, Calif. A restructuring process that began a year and a half ago led to a...

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Conflict at meeting: ‘Let him speak’

Manitoba area church meeting on what it means to 'create space' for discernment turns confrontational

WINNIPEG, Man. — A Mennonite Church Manitoba meeting at Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship took a confrontational turn on Jan. 12, opening the floodgates of debate on just what it means for local congregations to...

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Pregnancy center wages ‘spiritual battle for life’

Pennsylvania ministry supports women's life-giving decisions before, after birth

Growing up in a Christian home, Kerri Porter had never considered abortion an option. But when she became pregnant at 19, an abortion was the first thing she wanted. “I was very angry when I found out [I was...

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Hopi school indictment adds two principals, treasurer

A new federal indictment concerning almost $1 million in fraudulent activity at Hopi Mission School in Kykotsmovi, Ariz., includes two principals and the school board’s treasurer. The private...

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Executive order causes higher education complications

The recent presidential executive order temporarily banning entry from seven Muslim-majority countries has been having widespread effects, including for institutions of higher education. Several Mennonite colleges...

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Opinion: Evangelism — faithful or offensive?

When Anne and Daniel Garber Kompaoré talk of their work in North America, they are often met with questions. Anne works as a Bible translation consultant with Mennonite Mission Network and has lived in Burkina...

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EMU president announces steps to prevent, respond to misconduct

HARRISONBURG, Va. — President Susan Schultz Huxman launched an Action Plan Steering Committee Jan. 26 at Eastern Mennonite University to ensure EMU meets federal regulations and implements best practices to...

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Sanctuary moves outside church walls

Executive orders inspire congregations to do more to welcome immigrants

The teach-in was supposed to happen at a local library. But when President Trump entered office with executive actions that heightened fears among the immigrant community, a larger venue was needed. Columbus (Ohio)...

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Latin American women share benefits of caring

More are trained to lead Sister Care seminars, which have reached thousands

Mennonite Women USA is building stronger leadership for its Sister Care seminars in Latin America, where enthusiasm for the program is high. Sister Care seminars and materials have been received with much interest...

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Palestinian Mennonite seeks peace through respect

MC USA speaking tour being developed for spring

Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian-American who attends Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, Pa., spoke at a New York City synagogue on Nov. 29. He spoke in favor of Palestinian nationalism — a message he...

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‘Come as you are’ — and meaning it

Church with a genuine open door is a family to celebrate with

LANCASTER, Pa. — Raymond Gephart grew up in a family plagued by the abuse of drugs and alcohol. His two older sisters were put into foster care. Today, 58-year-old Gephart lives in Lancaster with his new family,...

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FPU selects president with international experience

Joseph Jones' past employers include Messiah College, Taylor University

FRESNO, Calif. — A candidate with administrative, fundraising and international experience has been chosen as the next President of Fresno Pacific University. Joseph Jones has served as chief administrative...

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Ohio pastor testified: ‘Don’t give up on prayer’

She continued to set example of faith during short battle with brain cancer

In September, Naomi Engle was diagnosed with brain cancer after experiencing problems maintaining her balance. The co-pastor of West Clinton Mennonite Church in Wauseon, Ohio, died Jan. 1 at age 51. She was known...

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Mennonites join Women’s March on Washington

Social media connects group to sing, walk together at national protest

WASHINGTON — Wilma Harder felt stronger with every rest stop she visited driving from Goshen, Ind., to Washington to join the Women’s March Jan. 21. The numbers of women wearing knitted, pink hats with cat ears...

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Service unit leader, 26, dies in car accident

Hannah Hochstetler, co-leader of the Mennonite Mission Network Service Adventure unit in Jackson, Miss., died Jan. 19 in a car accident near Roanoke, Va. She was 26. She and her husband, Caleb, 25, were returning...

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