Year in review: Sexuality issues test unity

Pastoral credentialing is latest point of contention in longstanding debate

Struggles in Mennonite Church USA over same-sex relationships entered uncharted territory in 2014. When one conference licensed a lesbian pastor in Colorado and another signaled its acceptance of a gay man called...

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Banners help Central Plains churches talk peace

Peace and justice group offers traveling art, worship materials to spark discussion

The Freeman (S.D.) Network for Justice and Peace is using art to help churches across Central Plains Conference of Mennonite Church USA talk about peace. The group enlisted Michelle Hofer, artist in residence at...

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Ohio Conference loses more churches

Two more Ohio Conference congregations have voted to leave Mennonite Church USA over concerns about the direction of the denomination and some of its conferences. Walnut Creek Mennonite Church in Sugarcreek, Ohio,...

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MC USA churches move in 2014

More Mennonite Church USA congregations have left the denomination or switched conferences so far in 2014 than in 2013, many citing concerns related to two conferences accepting gay or lesbian pastors. According to...

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EMU announces significant solar expansion

Phase II to have nearly five times more capacity

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Four years after a 104-kilowatt solar panel array on the roof of Eastern Mennonite University’s Hartzler Library came online, the university has announced plans to significantly expand its...

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Benin school celebrates 30 years

Benin Bible Institute, which Mennonites played a role in starting, recently celebrated 30 years of equipping more than 1,000 church leaders in 70 denominations. The theme for the Oct. 16-19 weekend, “Church and...

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MWC seeks vocalists for assembly ensemble

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Mennonite World Conference is seeking vocalists to join the International Vocal Ensemble for the Pennsylvania 2015 assembly in July. The ensemble will lead congregational singing during the...

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Iowa steel wheels issues persist

An Old Order Mennonite group in Iowa is seeking meetings with Mitchell County officials to discuss the use of steel wheels as a lengthy legal ordeal returns to court. Members of the Groffdale Conference Old Order...

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Units that will close served many communities

For 70 years, Mennonite Voluntary Service has provided ways for young adults to live out their faith. The following historical tributes are words of gratitude to the MVS units closing in July, and all of the people...

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Opinion: What is the Word of the Lord?

Scripture readers at my church, Sargent Avenue Mennonite in Winnipeg, Man., sometimes conclude with the exclamation, “the Word of the Lord.” The congregation often adds, “praise be to God.” This was not a...

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Opinion: Good news for the new year

Contrary to what we read and hear, the world is not going to hell in a hand­basket. When a book bearing the title Getting Better appeared, I viewed it with skepticism. “What is getting better?” I asked. “Who...

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108-year-old Burrton, Kan., congregation to close

BURRTON, Kan. — When Aoife Rose Compton was born Nov. 18 to Rachelle and Martin Compton, she was the last child to become part of Burrton Mennonite Church. After 108 years of ministry, the church will hold its...

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Unexpected call led to lifelong pastoral ministry

BURRTON, Kan. — In 1962, when Jim Dunn was a senior at Bethel College in North Newton, the local African Meth­odist Episcopal church invited him to be its pastor. A woman at the church had called Dunn looking...

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Sunday school materials connect vets, peace churches

Developers of a new Sunday school curriculum say it goes down a seldom-walked path — where pacifists accompany veterans toward peace. “Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: Seeking Peace Together” was created...

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Anabaptist museum plans for Swiss castle progressing

Swiss planning team expands funding options

Plans to turn a Swiss fortress that imprisoned Anabaptists into a museum are still moving forward, despite a sluggish start to fundraising. A projected 3.3 million francs are needed to make Trachselwald castle...

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Christmas with drug users

Trained in peacemaking by MCC, a Nigerian woman mothered young men who congregated near her house to do drugs — and helped them turn their lives around

JOS, Nigeria — Margaret Ahmed’s house in Jos was a few hundred yards from a former cotton-ginning warehouse where as many as 100 Christian and Muslim young men went to hang out and use drugs. She feared for the...

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