Mennonites in Argentina celebrate centennial, witness

Church brings festivities to port where first mission workers arrived a century ago

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Performing before hundreds of Mennonites and passersby at a downtown park Sept. 16, a drama troupe from the Mennonite church in Villa Adelina mimed challenges and struggles facing youth:...

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Pastors: On guns for safety, ‘do not be conformed’

After shooting in Texas, churches won't put faith in weapons for security

About 35 miles from where 26 people were killed in a Nov. 5 shooting during a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas, members of San Antonio Mennonite Church participated in a vigil mourning the deaths a few...

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Funding cuts aim to make ministries sustainable

Canadian MB Conference blessed with assets but has been dipping into reserves

Next year’s budget is hitting the reset button for the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Breth­ren Churches, drastically changing the denomination’s relationship to its money and members. CCMBC is blessed with...

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Bethany students meet Holocaust survivor portrayed in play

GOSHEN, Ind. — It is rare that a theater cast gets to meet the central character of a real-life story they tell, but that became reality for students at Bethany Christian High School. Inge Auerbacher, one of the...

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MCC partner supports alternate rites of passage for girls

Ana Laizer, a ninth-grade student in Longido, Tanzania, dreams of going to university to become a successful businesswoman. For many girls her age, this dream might never become reality. Access to education isn’t...

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Virginia Conference terminates pastor’s credentials

Virginia Mennonite Conference has terminated the credentials of a pastor who Mennonite Church USA concluded acted in ways to protect a sexual abuse perpetrator, to the detriment of caring for a victim. VMC...

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Opinion: Bridging the differences

At all-boards meeting, college students get an inside look at MCC

For the broader Mennonite community, the work of Mennonite Central Committee often looks like relief sale auctions, Ten Thousand Villages stores and quilt blitzes. And all carry out the mission of MCC: a worldwide...

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Lancaster Conference returning to independence

Leaders look toward collaborative relationships, revitalizing identity, mission

Two years after deciding to end its membership in Mennonite Church USA, Lancaster Mennonite Conference is returning to the independence that has been the norm in its 300-year history. Leaders of the...

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Goshen grad makes connections with ‘Mennonite Game’

GOSHEN, Ind. — While plenty of Mennonites have played the “Mennonite game” — the Anabaptist version of six degrees of separation — only a select few have played Mark Eash Hershberger’s version. But...

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Still BIC but no longer Brethren

Canadian denomination becomes Be in Christ Church

The Canadian BIC has swapped a noun for a verb. After years as the Brethren in Christ, the 67-congregation Anabaptist denomination has renamed itself the Be in Christ Church of Canada. The change, which had been...

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Anabaptists only one facet of World War I dissent

Conference looks at Great War's resistance and impact

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While many events have honored heroism and sacrifice during World War I, a different kind of conference gathered in an unlikely place to pay tribute to those who opposed the Great War a century...

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‘Muted Voices’ conference recalls Hutterite martyrs

Memorial service at National World War I Museum recognizes conscientious objectors

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The tale of four Hutterite conscientious objectors who refused even to wear a military uniform, let alone serve in the U.S. Army during World War I, is well known in Hutterite colonies and many...

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Hymnals: old, new, sometimes gathering dust

As a new song collection moves toward completion, generations-old hymnals are still in use — and a 2011 book is growing in popularity

How often does a church need a new hymnal? Every 25 years? Every century? Once for all time? Or are hymnals obsolete? Among the diversity of Anabaptists in North America, there’s someone who would answer...

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MCC’s Erica Littlewolf: ‘We are still alive. We really do exist.’

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Though most people call her Erica Littlewolf, on the Northern Chey­enne reservation in Busby, Mont., she is known as Vonahé’e. Littlewolf is many things: An aspiring runner, an animal...

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New structure approved for MC Canada

Congregations no longer members of a national body

WINNIPEG, Man. — Delegates voted 94 percent in favor of taking Mennonite Church Canada’s existing structures off of life support equipment that some believe is designed for a society and church culture from a...

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Nebraska university with Mennonite roots to close

Grace University in Omaha, Neb., founded by Mennonites in 1943 as Grace Bible Institute, announced Oct. 3 it will close at the end of the academic year. The interdenominational school was unable to overcome...

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