New Mexico church calls first LGBTQ lead pastor in MC USA

Albuquerque (N.M.) Mennonite Church has called an openly LGBTQ person to be their lead pastor, becoming the first congregation to do so in Mennonite Church USA. The church of about 150 attenders announced Sept. 18...

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Potentially disputed land in Colombia attracts Low German Mennonites

Despite warnings from Mennonite Central Committee, Low German Mennonites from drought-prone regions of northern Mexico have bought more than 49,000 acres of land in Colombia. Kennert Giesbrecht, editor of Die...

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Tons of clothes await fun-loving volunteers

Fellowship and service make long trip to Kansas MCC warehouse worthwhile

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — The payoff for a four-hour weekly round-trip to volunteer with Mennonite Central Committee comes in the joy of service, fun and fellowship. Every Wednesday, some of the volunteers get up at 5...

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Muted voices in World War I, and today

Conscientious objection exhibit readies for debut at national museum symposium

An unsuccessful effort to locate artifacts related to World War I conscientious objection was an unexpected blessing for developers of an exhibit that will be featured at a symposium on the topic this October at...

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MCC responds to Hurricane Irma devastation in Cuba, Haiti

MCC asks for contributions to support response in Caribbean

Osa Jonmarits and his family were awakened in the middle of the night as water rushed into their mud and stone house on the mountains of La Chapelle, Haiti, and covered them in their beds. The flash flooding came...

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Franconia Conference might stretch coast to coast

Southern California Indonesian congregations apply for membership

Franconia Mennonite Conference may receive three Indonesian congregations from the other side of the country at its assembly this November. It would be a coast-to-coast relationship. The Indonesian congregations...

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Mennonite Brethren draw churches seeking a new home

Former MC USA North Central members find Mennonite Brethren conference is a good fit

North Central Mennonite Conference voted to dissolve at its annual assembly in Exeland, Wis., but that doesn’t necessarily mean its congregations are going their separate ways. Most of the former Mennonite Church...

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Hutterite elder sought progress, lamented division

Jacob Kleinsasser, a Hutterite elder whose broad vision for the betterment of Hutterite society included embracing education as a positive force, died Aug. 8 at Crystal Spring Hutterite Community in Manitoba. He...

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MDS crews heading to Bloomington, Texas

BLOOMINGTON, Texas — A Mennonite Disaster Service assessment team moved deeper into the devastating footprint of Hurricane Harvey Aug. 31 as they visited the town of Bloomington, southwest of Houston. The impact...

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After flood, a shower of love

Texans help neighbors recover from Hurricane Harvey's destruction

In the weeks after Hurricane Harvey, Mennonites in southeast Texas are finding ways to help their neighbors and multiply an outpouring of support from across the country. Church building damage ranges from internal...

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Vietnamese Fellowship drops ‘Mennonite’ name

Same-sex decisions by MC Canada spark the move to 'evangelical' instead

A name change, effective immediately, heralds a time of direction-setting for the former North American Vietnamese Mennonite Fellowship. The fellowship held its biennial conference June 30-July 1 at Calgary (Alta.)...

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Founders of new college draw from Anabaptism

Sattler College recruits students from conservative Anabaptist circles, homeschool conventions

A new liberal arts college named after an Anabaptist martyr plans to open next fall in Boston, expecting to start with about 30 students. Sattler College intends to combine a rigorous education with guidance for...

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Bethel College announces provisional candidate for president

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Bethel College on Aug. 24 announced Jonathan C. Gering, a 1994 Bethel alumnus and a professor and administrator at Truman State University, as the provisional candidate to be Bethel’s next...

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Eclipse inspires, brings Anabaptists together

The solar eclipse’s phase of totality may have been mere minutes, but activities surrounding the Aug. 21 event encompassed multiple days for several Mennonite congregations near or in the 70-mile-wide path where...

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MDS responds to a different kind of disaster: homelessness

DENVER — At the annual meeting of the Mennonite Disaster Service Colorado Unit, board members decided to think outside the box. Instead of responding to a natural disaster, they would address a human disaster —...

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Anabaptists respond to violence in Congo

A collaborative Anabaptist response will soon reach some of the 1.4 million people displaced by armed conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo with food, household items and shelter...

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