Youth speakers tell of Jesus encounters ‘on the way’

Alexa Smith, 16, of West Liberty, Ohio, said she heard a lot during Mennonite Church USA’s youth convention in Kansas City, Mo., about how to deal with the pain life brings. Many worship speakers June 30-July 5...

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Two resolutions pass, relatives lament LGBT exclusion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Words of lament by relatives of LGBT people and resolutions supporting Middle East peacemakers and condemning the fatal shooting of nine people at a South Carolina church highlighted the final...

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MC USA service laments sexual abuse

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Laments and hopes by and for those who have endured sexual abuse were tied and untied in a Friday evening worship service at the Mennonite Church USA convention. Moving from sorrow and...

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Sexual abuse: ‘We resolve to tell the truth’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 3 approved a statement confessing the church’s failure to offer healing for survivors of sexual abuse and vowing to “change our ways.” The...

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Delegates OK forbearance, uphold Guidelines

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In two highly anticipated decisions on policies regarding same-sex relationships, Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 2 approved resolutions that affirm both freedom and...

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Youth hear of seeking Jesus in tragedy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Michele Hershberger channeled Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon during her Wednesday evening address to 2,300 youth attending Mennonite Church USA’s convention. First, the Hesston College...

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Hopi Mission School problems prompt restructuring plan

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has informed the Hopi Mission School board, administration and staff that the organization does not have permission to use the Mennonite property the...

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Delegates oppose drone warfare, debate Israel divestment

Update: Delegate session leaders announced July 2 that the motion to table the Israel-Palestine divestment resolution for two years passed by a vote of 418 to 336, or 55 percent support. KANSAS CITY, Mo. —...

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At MC USA convention, 4,500 challenged to speak up

Armster invites worshipers to join Jesus’ movement

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mennonite Church USA convention participants were invited to join a movement not for the comfortable or satisfied at the event’s opening worship service June 30 at the Kansas City Convention...

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Deported Iowa pastor holds on to hope

Central Plains Conference recognizes Villatoro family’s peacemaking witness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Father’s Day was set to be difficult for the Villatoro family. Father and children, husband and wife were separated by thousands of miles and a 10-year ban on re-entry to the United States....

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Survivors, advocates form a chapter of anti-abuse network

Group with Catholic roots now serves people from various faith communities

Twelve survivors of sexual abuse and their advocates have formed an Anabaptist-Mennonite chapter of an organization that “protects the vulnerable, heals the wounded and exposes the truth.” Leaders of the group,...

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6,500 are registered for global assembly

Getting visas, one of biggest challenges, has gone better than expected, with about two-thirds approved

Mennonite World Conference assembly planners are putting final details in place for the July 21-26 event, which will draw more than 6,500 Anabaptists to Harrisburg, Pa. “We are very excited with how the program...

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Asian Anabaptists celebrated

Speakers at Lancaster event represent Indonesia, India and Vietnam

LANCASTER, Pa. — Members of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches met at Mellinger Mennonite Church June 1 to celebrate the history and growth of Anabaptist communities in Asia through music, food and...

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Former NFL player at the center of feeding others

Summer Peacebuilding Institute hosts former St. Louis Ram at EMU luncheon

HARRISONBURG, Va. — When former star NFL center Jason Brown left the St. Louis Rams in 2012 to become a farmer in North Carolina, he admittedly had no idea what he was doing. “I don’t know anything about...

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Peacebuilder missing, feared murdered

An Indigenous tribal representative opposing corporate logging on ancestral land in the Philippines was murdered April 30, according to his fellow tribesmen. Prior to his disappearance on that date, John Calaba...

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MC USA collecting funds for two projects

Mennonite Church USA will collect donations at its convention in Kansas City for funds to compensate victims of sexual abuse by church leaders and to support leadership education among racial-ethnic groups. People...

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