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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Filmmaker envisions documentary on Mennonites

A Mennonite filmmaker has announced plans for a documentary that he hopes will be the highest-profile production ever focused on Mennonites. Buller Films and the Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society at...

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Manitoba church puts MC Canada affiliation ‘on hold’

Winkler (Man.) Bergthaler Mennonite Church is considering leaving Mennonite Church Manitoba and Mennonite Church Canada after seeing acceptance of same-sex unions in the denomination. Canadian Mennonite reports...

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Despite own trauma, Nepalis help others after quakes

Anabaptist fellowships reach out to communities in areas where they have planted churches

Binay Church Council, a group of Nepali Anabaptist fellowships, is reaching out to communities affected by the April and May earthquakes in Nepal with a goal of assisting 2,000 families. “These earthquakes hit in...

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Mideast peace work grows

MCC expands projects with regional partners to prevent future violence

A grant from the Canadian government will allow Mennonite Central Committee to enhance its peacebuilding work in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. The grant is worth $500,000, or $402,150 in U.S. funds. In Iraq, MCC will...

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EMM worker finds his heart among Karen people

After serving eight months in Africa, volunteer discovers his calling in Lancaster immigrant community

LANCASTER, Pa. — Eastern Mennonite Missions worker Sean FitzGerald finds himself deeply impacted by his recent service among and ongoing relationships with Karen refugees from Myanmar, formerly Burma, living in...

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Ordeal steels Ukrainian’s faith, resolve

Volunteer with an MCC partner is kidnapped as he risks his life to carry supplies into eastern Ukraine and transport people to safety

When war broke out in eastern Ukraine, Vlad Makhovskiy decided he could not just sit home and watch what was happening. He would help. This choice would lead to his kidnapping. Makhovskiy, who runs a small business...

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Step of faith leads to ministry of accompaniment

Georgia community lives out immigrant connections

Anton Flores-Maisonet left his tenure-track faculty position at LaGrange (Ga.) College in 2008 for a risk-taking venture of faith that would lead him, his wife, Charlotte, and their family into a life of solidarity...

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Opinion: It’s good to be nobody

Beyond the spiritual rat race — striving to be an activist, united and relevant church — lies the promise of a marginal community

Amos Hershey Leaman was the first Mennonite at Chicago Theological Seminary. He graduated in 1915, smitten by the vision of good, white Protestants. They taught immigrants, went into cities, spoke out on politics....

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Tours build support for Israel-Palestine resolution

Joy Sutter of Salford (Pa.) Mennonite Church didn’t fully understand the Israel-Palestine conflict until she visited the region last year. “I needed to see the oppressive wall, hear the stories of the people,...

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