Opinion: Why do they do the offering that way?

Mission relationships call us to study Scripture, examine our cultures in the light of Christian witness

UYO, Nigeria — I had a light-bulb moment last December during the annual convention of Mennonite Church Nigeria. I was with Femi Fatunmbi, pastor at Royal Dominion International Church in Los Angeles. He is...

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In shadow of death, Nigerians rely on Bible, prayer

AMBS alumni couple honored for their ministry amid daily violence

ELKHART, Ind. — When Obed and Phena Dashan told students and faculty at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary how they feel God’s love surrounding them in spite of facing death every day in their ministry in...

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Opinion: Bible says Earth is happy under certain conditions — and these aren’t it

Why should I care for the environment? A lot of Christians are asking that question, either out loud or in their hearts. We know it’s the right thing to do, but what’s a Christ-centered perspective? Sometimes...

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Cyclists’ fundraiser multiplies to $1 million

A million-dollar fundraiser, and even a rainy day, were reasons to celebrate at the seventh annual Pedaling for Hope Cycla­thon in Abbotsford, B.C. “Because of, not in spite of, the rain, the general atmosphere...

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Lightening the load: providing relief and hope in Syria

MCC works with partners to meet practical needs and give hope as mortars fall

Every morning, before Samer al Laham goes to work, he checks to make sure it’s safe to go outside. That’s because in Syria there are some days when “people wake up in the morning and then see that there are a...

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Dirk Willems (re)discovered

Anabaptist martyr inspires an Adventist pastor, making an old story new again

While a seminary student at Andrews University, I visited the Menno-Hof museum in Shipshewana, Ind. There I learned an amazing story that captured my imagination. In May of 1569, Dirk Willems, an Anabaptist in...

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Canadian MB study conference returns to sexuality

A Mennonite Brethren study conference later this month will focus on sexuality in a way that goes beyond only homosexuality concerns. The Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches will host “God, Sex and...

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With a new trailer, annual MCC meat canning tour begins

Volunteers fill more than 500,000 cans each year

AKRON, Pa. — Mennonite Central Committee is operating a brand new mobile cannery as it begins the 2015-16 season of canning meat for people in crisis around the world. This mobile cannery, the first new equipment...

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Enrollments mostly down; Bethel bounces back

Undergraduate students only part of the picture

Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., is the brightest spot among U.S. Mennonite college and seminary enrollments, with six of the eight institutions showing declines. Enrollment at Bethel has returned to levels...

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Lancaster Conference nears decision on withdrawal

Bishops’ current proposal calls for leaving Mennonite Church USA by end of 2017

Lancaster Mennonite Conference’s Bishop Board will meet Oct. 23 to consider an updated proposal to withdraw from Mennonite Church USA, effective on or before Dec. 31, 2017. The proposal, given as a draft to...

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Refugees on Greek island inspire European CPT project

Two years ago, Christian Peacemaker Teams saw a need on a small island in the Aegean Sea. In July, that hunch was confirmed when a refugee crisis on the Greek island of Lesbos dramatically escalated. The...

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Theater addresses MC Canada sexuality conflict

Play written to take place in church sanctuaries reflects Mennonite story

Theatre of the Beat in Stouff­ville, Ont., is taking on same-sex sexuality and gender within Mennonite Church Canada in a new play written by artistic director Johnny Wideman. “We would hear, ‘Oh, if you guys...

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Tanzanians counter myths, stigma of albinism

At risk of violent attack and cancer, those with the condition just want to be treated like everyone else

CHITARE, Tanzania — In a Mennonite church packed with about 180 people, workshop facilitator Specioza Kifutu guided the crowd in voicing what they’ve heard about those living with albinism — an inherited...

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Hopi school dispute takes a legal turn

MC USA files complaint, seeking financial records from Arizona school board

An impasse over finances, transparency, authority and land ownership between Hopi Mission School and Mennonite Church USA is moving from conversations to courtrooms. On Sept. 14, MC USA filed a complaint with...

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The pope’s arrival and the only Mennonite in the room

WASHINGTON — I’m sure I was the only Mennonite there. It was a cool, clear morning, with stars visible even through the urban twilight, as I cruised the six-mile bicycle ride from northeast Washington to...

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Kenya church planters are trained to multiply

The Holy Spirit is the ultimate teacher

NAIROBI, Kenya — Multiplication — one of three Eastern Mennonite Missions core values — was at the heart of a training on “simple church” concepts and disciple-making movements July 13-23. Simple churches...

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