Freeman Academy confronts its rural challenges

May 1, 2017 by and

FREEMAN, S.D. — The clanging and clinking of plates, cutlery, pots and pans. The metallic hum of the sausage grinder. The sizzle of New Year’s cookies in the fryer. The wafting strains of music. The...

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Latin Americans learn conflict-response skills

Apr 10, 2017 by and

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...

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‘Come as you are’ — and meaning it

Jan 30, 2017 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Raymond Gephart grew up in a family plagued by the abuse of drugs and alcohol. His two older sisters were put into foster care. Today, 58-year-old Gephart lives in Lancaster with his new...

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Mennonites join Women’s March on Washington

Jan 23, 2017 by and

WASHINGTON — Wilma Harder felt stronger with every rest stop she visited driving from Goshen, Ind., to Washington to join the Women’s March Jan. 21. The numbers of women wearing knitted, pink hats with cat...

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Prisoner, pastor find deeper connection to God together

Jan 9, 2017 by and

NEWTON, Kan. — The first time J.R. Cady met Mennonites, he was in prison at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility. Due to suicidal depression, he was sent there for psychological tests as part of his...

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Pa. Haitians care for those in need back home

Dec 5, 2016 by and

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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Kansans complete Congo family’s flight to freedom

Nov 7, 2016 by and

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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Commentary: Native voices still strong

Oct 17, 2016 by and

CLINTON, Okla. — On Oct. 8, mainstream communities in the U.S. were preparing to usher in Columbus Day, a noncelebration for Native people. In North Dakota, the Standing Rock standoff continued on the land...

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Virginia relief sale a labor of love for 50 years

Oct 7, 2016 by and

MOUNT CRAWFORD, Va. — There’s something distinctive about the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale. Or maybe it’s actually a lot like the dozens of other Mennonite relief sales across North America — but...

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In Philadelphia, Scripture speaks to an urban context

Aug 29, 2016 by and

When he was 15, Juan Marrero, now an Anabaptist pastor in Philadelphia, used a pair of boxing gloves to settle a dispute with a young man who attacked his aunt and broke her ribs. Hand-to-hand fighting isn’t...

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Noah’s ark replica ready for a flood of visitors

Jul 13, 2016 by and

United by a vision to portray a vivid biblical story, Anabaptist architects, engineers, craftsmen and carpenters from many communities played a key role in the Ark Encounter project, which opened July 7 near...

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Mennonite Church Canada mulling future path

Jun 29, 2016 by and

Sustaining Mennonite Church Canada’s ministry in the face of diminishing finances and a changing church landscape will be a main topic when Mennonite Church Canada holds its biennial assembly July 6-10 in...

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Syrian refugees depend on MCC food

Jun 6, 2016 by and

With the war in Syria entering its sixth year, it’s easy to get lost in the facts and figures: As many as 470,000 dead; 4.6 million refugees who have fled the country; 6.6 million displaced within it; 13.5...

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Legacy of a South American Mennonite state

Apr 18, 2016 by and

EBENFELD, Paraguay — Rain woke me in the night. The roar on the tin roof drowned out the frogs, if any were still singing. Only the thrashing of palms cut across the downpour. In the morning I learned that...

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For Amish, long trip to chiropractor can be fun

Apr 11, 2016 by and

CANISTOTA, S.D. — It’s a common site in Old Order Amish communities: blue dresses, black pants and white socks on a clothesline billowing in a brisk, early spring wind. But this clothesline and its...

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Christ at the Checkpoint Conference emphasizes peace

Mar 28, 2016 by and

Bethlehem, West Bank — More than 30 Mennonites and Brethren in Christ from North America encountered kindred spirits March 7-10 at the fourth biennial Christ at the Checkpoint Conference, hosted by Bethlehem...

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Eggs symbolize lasting impact in West Bank

Mar 14, 2016 by and

BEIT JALA, West Bank — Say the word “Mennonite” here and the first thing many people think of is eggs. At least 2,000 “Mennonite eggs” a day are produced at an open-sided chicken barn on the campus...

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Colorado church becomes a haven for the homeless

Feb 9, 2016 by and

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Fort Collins Mennonite Fellowship’s sanctuary is just that for the community’s homeless. The city has 150,000 people yet only two homeless shelters. Its homeless population is twice...

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New England selects Indiana soccer player in MLS draft

Feb 1, 2016 by and

Femi Hollinger-Janzen, a former soccer standout at Bethany Christian High School in Goshen, Ind., and former Indiana player of the year, is taking his game to the professional level. He was picked by the New...

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Kratz reflects on long road to the top of his game

Jan 26, 2016 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — Inside Goshen College’s athletics building, metal­lic “pings” pricked the air as bat-wielding kids hit — and missed — balls thrown by Goshen baseball players. Murmurs of...

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