Shifting to regions, Mennonite Church Canada breaks new ground

Mennonite Church Canada is going to find out if a national denomination can grow stronger by putting its regions first. It’s a radical change that delegates approved in principle at last summer’s national...

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EMU celebrates inauguration of ninth president

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Eastern Mennonite University’s tradition of Christian diversity took the form of around 500 voices joining in the litany of investiture to welcome and bless EMU’s ninth president, Susan...

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Opinion: You can prevent abuse

A church that keeps children safe meets three essential standards

For many of us, church feels good and safe. We were loved there as children and respected there as adults. In fact, we often describe our churches as “families” or caring communities where all are accepted. We...

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Latin Americans learn conflict-response skills

Seminary in Guatemala helps leaders address problems of gangs, drugs

A Mennonite Brethren leader from Panama described why he was taking a course at SEMILLA, the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary in Guatemala City. “Our pastor was killed because of conflict over his land,” he...

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MC USA director to retire in 2018

Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, has announced his retirement, effective in spring 2018. He has served in the role since January 2010. The announcement came March 30 during the meetings...

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Southeast Conference raises possibility of leaving MC USA

Forbearance resolution is a point of concern

Southeast Mennonite Conference might leave Mennonite Church USA if the denomination continues extending forbearance indefinitely to members at variance with its teaching on same-sex marriage. At its spring delegate...

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5,000 Congolese Mennonites in hiding to escape violence

Mennonite church members report increasing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Central Kasaï Province, where Michael J. Sharp, an American Mennonite, died on a United Nations peacebuilding mission...

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Mission worker sentenced in international kidnapping case

One of three people who helped a former lesbian kidnap her daughter and take her to Nicaragua was sentenced March 23 to time served and a year of probation. The Buffalo News reports Amish Mennonite missionary...

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Artist’s lost work turns up in thrift shop

Ontario thrift-store find appraised at $16,000

Thrift store manager Karla Richards thought one of her volunteers was joking when he brought her a painting that had been donated, saying it could be worth a lot. But Louis Silcox insisted it was an original by...

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A life in pursuit of peace

U.N. worker's risky Congo assignment was last act in life's peacemaking mission

Helping people lay down weapons was a thread running through much of Michael J. Sharp’s life. From work with U.S. military personnel in Germany seeking conscientious objection discharges to developing trust with...

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Bodies found in Congo; U.N. worker dead

Michael J. Sharp, a Mennonite worker with the United Nations kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was found dead March 27. Multiple media outlets reported Congo communications minister Lambert Mende said...

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Plain groups: work-family bond resists worldly ways

Anabaptist Identity Conference upholds family-centered work as ideal

HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. — Today’s North American economy presents daunting challenges for building the ideal faith community, according to David Martin of Cheyenne, Wyo. “Why does there seem to be among us an...

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Opinion: Scripture overrules experience

Many in our church are sure we should fully include those in same-sex marriages, blessing their covenants and credentialing their pastoral gifts. I would like to join them. Life is simpler when we move with society...

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Workers seek to improve interfaith engagement

Anabaptists are seen to have strengths that enhance ability to relate across faiths

AKRON, Pa. — As religious hostility, Islamophobia and anti-Semitic acts surge, a group of interfaith, peacemaking and mission workers from six Anabaptist agencies met to explore ways to improve interfaith...

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Mennonite World Conference completes dialogue with Catholics, Lutherans

Discussion of baptism produces new insights

AUGSBURG, Germany — A five-year discussion of baptism among Mennonites, Catholics and Lutherans has yielded new insights. Representatives of the Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian...

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Coming to terms with Nazi collaboration

Paraguay conference part of a larger uncovering of a dark chapter of history

FILADELFIA, Paraguay — Violence tore through this traditionally pacifist community on the night of March 11, 1944. All the more remarkable, its perpetrators and victims were all Mennonites. And they all belonged...

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