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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Diversifying the face of mission still a challenge

Mission Network seeks to recruit more people of color

Ann Jacobs expected to be deeply moved during her first visit to West Africa with Mennonite Mission Network. What Jacobs did not expect was how a conversation in Accra, Ghana, would affirm the importance of her...

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Lancaster becomes ‘refugee capital’

Community members gather to learn how to welcome newcomers

LANCASTER, Pa. — Lancaster City has become known as “America’s refugee capital” after the BBC reported it takes in 20 times more refugees per capita than the rest of the United States. Lancaster County has...

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CJP director undertakes 40-day fast for healing

Center for Justice and Peacebuilding’s Daryl Byler hungers for justice

HARRISONBURG, Va. — In preparation for his 40-day fast, which began Ash Wednesday March 1, Daryl Byler has made a few changes to his recreational reading. The lawyer, ordained minister and executive director of...

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Preach it! Gospel of peace heard more widely

Preaching Peace, a ministry based out of Lancaster, Pa., is taking significant steps to broaden its scope and impact. Founded about a decade ago by Michael and Lorri Hardin, the organization launched an online...

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Mennonites once were the banned refugees

Canadian archivist's post holds up a 'mirror of our past'

A forgotten piece of Mennonite immigration history has gone viral on social media. “Banning travel or immigration into a country is not new,” begins the post by archivist Conrad Stoesz on the Facebook page of...

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Bluffton remembers tragic bus accident on 10th anniversary

BLUFFTON, Ohio — A decade after five members of the Bluff­ton University baseball team died in a bus accident, more than 150 people gathered around the campus’ Circle of Remembrance to reflect, remember and...

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Mennonite World Conference considers name change

Conversation about changing the name of Mennonite World Conference has moved beyond the Executive Committee. At meetings the week after the Feb. 12 MWC Renewal 2027 event in Augsburg, Germany, the committee...

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Opinion: Canadian Mennonite Brethren crisis

Former denominational leader describes problems, offers ideas to overcome shortage of funds, loss of loyalty

The Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches faces many challenges: financial, organizational, ecclesiological, sociological, operational and theological. This article focuses mainly on organizational and...

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What is a peace church? People of color define it

Hope for the Future supports racially diverse MC USA leaders

HAMPTON, Va. — It is time for white leaders and members of Mennonite Church USA to reconsider what it means to be a peace church, participants said at a gathering of people of color in leadership roles. More than...

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Watershed disciples reimagine the good life

Todd Wynward of Taos, N.M., describes himself as “a serial social entrepreneur.” Licensed by Mountain States Mennonite Conference as a minister for watershed discipleship, he directs the Taos Initiative for...

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Tabor signs Evana partnership

MB college the first to formalize link with network

HILLSBORO, Kan. — Tabor College has announced a fraternal relationship with the Evana Network, opening doors for collaboration among the wider Anabaptist community. The Mennonite Brethren college is the first...

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Remembering a faith journey of 500 years

With a focus on Scripture, MWC gathering in Germany begins a decade of events to celebrate, renew Anabaptism

AUGSBURG, Germany — A Mennonite World Conference event looking forward to the 500th anniversary of Anabaptism looked back on the movement’s foundation in the primacy of Scripture. Regional Anabaptists and...

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Allegheny Conference to license LGBT pastor

Hyattsville church has long history of inclusion

Allegheny Mennonite Conference on Feb. 15 announced it will license for ministry a Maryland pastor who “is a member of the LGBTQ community and married to her partner.” The conference approved a request to...

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Conference shrinks when members don’t recommit

Pacific Southwest subtracts churches with weak connections

Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference parted ways with nearly a quarter of its congregations at its annual meeting Feb. 11 in Pasa­dena, Calif. A restructuring process that began a year and a half ago led to a...

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