Pa. Haitians care for those in need back home

Philadelphia pastor 'a messenger from God to my devastated people' after Hurricane Matthew

PHILADELPHIA — As a people who have known and survived tragedy, Haitian members of Solidarity and Harmony Church stand ready to minister when hardship strikes in Philadelphia as well as back home. Hurricane...

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Vt., N.M. churches get Creation Care funds for solar power

The Mennonite Creation Care Network has awarded two solar grants from the Pam De Young Net Zero Energy Fund. Taftsville (Vt.) Chapel Mennonite Fellowship will receive $10,000 and Albuquerque (N.M.) Mennonite Church...

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EMU releases report on misconduct response

University-approved review finds no evidence administrators covered up former VP's actions

Eastern Mennonite University announced on Nov. 28 that an external investigation of its response to allegations of sexual misconduct by a former vice president of enrollment found no evidence that administrators...

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Swiss turning military building into a church

Growing congregation renovating historic arsenal

A vibrant Mennonite congregation in Tavannes, Switzerland, is addressing its need for a larger worship space by transforming a building no longer needed by the Swiss military. Église évangélique mennonite...

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Birthday wish multiplies joy of giving

San Francisco church makes 65 comforters for MCC

Months before her 60th birthday, Karen Kreider Yoder sat with family around the table discussing how to celebrate. “I wanted to do something that wasn’t just for me,” she said. “I wanted to do something...

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After 169 years, a reunion of split conferences?

Franconia, Eastern District will explore reconciliation

After a split 169 years ago, two conferences are talking about the possibility of a merger. During their joint annual assembly Nov. 4-5 at Dock Mennonite Academy in Souderton, Pa., more than 240 delegates from...

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Thousands can meat for the hungry

Mobile canner starts annual tour, setting a unique volunteer effort in motion

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — As the forklift raised another pallet of canned meat to the ceiling on Nov. 3, volunteers in the Mennonite Central Committee Central States warehouse were already working on the next set of...

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Opinion: If you doubt, be a witness

Global South sets example: use words as well as actions to share good news

Runners don’t improve by sitting around and talking about the sport. They get better by running. If you doubt that you can finish a five-kilometer race, the only way to find out is to try it. In September 2015,...

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A hospital without running water? It’s no longer a problem

Shirati Hospital goes off the grid as solar power brings water, electricity

SHIRATI, Tanzania — For years, leaking pipes and an erratic power grid stood in the way of a steady water supply for Shirati Hospital. Located a little more than one mile from Lake Victoria, the largest lake in...

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Year after withdrawal, Lancaster Conference gains, loses

Large Indiana church among those joining; four congregations move to Atlantic Coast Conference

Since Lancaster Mennonite Conference’s decision in November 2015 to withdraw from Mennonite Church USA by the end of 2017, it has received several congregations formerly with MC USA conferences. Moderator Keith...

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Board approves discussion of MC USA’s future

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — As funds and membership shrink, Mennonite Church USA seeks the wisdom of a crowd. Leaders are planning a “large-group process” for the biennial convention in Orlando, Fla., next July....

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EMM worker inspires Bangladeshi churches to build bridges of peace

Assemblies of God churches in Bangladesh have a profound commitment to peacemaking. Five Bangladeshi church districts welcomed Eastern Mennonite Missions global consultant David W. Shenk recently to visit, teach...

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Kansans complete Congo family’s flight to freedom

Volunteers from several congregations empower refugees to start a new life

HESSTON, Kan. — At half past midnight on Aug. 18 at Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita, a welcoming group searched for a Congolese refugee family. As passengers spilled into the concourse, five...

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Opinion: Prof attests: gap is good

Experience shows taking a year to serve leads to success in college

Before I retired, I taught in the Biblical Studies department at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Each fall term, I was assigned two sections of a required course, Encountering the Bible. Each section had...

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Hispanic group laments losses, charts new course

The Iglesia Menonita Hispana (Hispanic Mennonite Church) board wants to restructure the organization to better support all Hispanic people throughout Mennonite Church USA. At a meeting planned for Nov. 17-19 in...

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Martyrs relevant in Thailand

First-generation believers grow in Anabaptist identity

DET UDOM, Thailand — A simple open-air pavilion at the Life Enrichment Church Center served as the location for the third Thai Anabaptist Gathering Sept. 27-Oct. 1. Most of the 150 people who attended were Thai,...

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