Ex-members of ultra-traditional groups share stories

Oct 8, 2018 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Leaving a highly traditional religious community can exact a high price, but for many participants in a recent conference, the costs of remaining were even higher. Although most of the...

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Believers conference looks to Reformation for renewal

Sep 25, 2017 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — Fifty years after the first Believers Church Conference in 1967, more than 150 people representing nearly a dozen denominations gathered at Goshen College Sept. 14-16 for “Word, Spirit and...

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The world in print

Dec 7, 2015 by

On Sept. 18, 1923, the first issue of a four-page newspaper appeared in Newton, Kan., bearing the grandiose title of Mennonite Weekly Review. The goal, according to H.P. Krehbiel, president of the Herald...

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Less strict, still vigilant

Oct 26, 2015 by

Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan’s classic 17th-century spiritual autobiography, describes the Christian life as a tale of a solitary individual on a long and difficult journey. Members of Pilgrim Mennonite...

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Europeans confront hard truths of Nazi era

Oct 5, 2015 by and

MÜNSTER, Germany — In the city infamous as the site of an attempt to establish an Ana­bap­tist kingdom by force in 1535, more than 100 people participated in a conference on “Mennonites in the Era of...

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Bible for all tongues

Sep 14, 2015 by

Growing up in Holmes County, Ohio, I attended Sunday evening services that featured the stories of missionaries on furlough from assignments in exotic locations. I particularly remember a presentation by...

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Still friends of Ukraine

Aug 3, 2015 by

In March 2014, troops from Russia occupied and annexed Crimea, escalating a civil war in Ukraine that has left thousands homeless and thousands more facing extreme shortages of food, fuel and medical supplies....

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Guiding straight paths

Jun 22, 2015 by

Several years ago, while strolling through a farmer’s market just outside of Guatemala City, I encountered a group of teenagers dressed in distinctive, conservative Mennonite garb but speaking fluent Spanish...

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Drawing the ‘Lines’

May 11, 2015 by

The announcements of congregational withdrawals from Mennonite Church USA and the subsequent formation of new affiliations have generated considerable anxiety in the church at large. But a similar process of...

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Paraguayan critique

Mar 30, 2015 by

“The press,” writes Franklin Klassen, editor of Chaco-Press, a new monthly newspaper published in the Menno Colony of the Paraguayan Chaco, “is the conscience of a society. When offenses happen, the...

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Plain poetry

Feb 16, 2015 by

Scores of Mennonite writers, poets, scholars and lovers of literature will gather at Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University in March for the seventh “Mennonite/s Writing Conference.” During the past several...

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Indigenous witness

Jan 5, 2015 by

On Nov. 16, 1885, Louis Riel, a political and spiritual leader of the Métis people of western Canada, was executed in Regina, Sask., on the charge of treason. Riel had sought to preserve the rights and...

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Devoted nonconformity

Nov 24, 2014 by

As new forms of electronic communication continue to raise doubts about the future of print, one Anabaptist-Mennonite periodical is defying the odds. Every two months, several trucks line up outside a...

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Tart and tasty

Oct 13, 2014 by

In his 1983 book Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson, a political scientist, suggested that communities can sometimes form even though their members never encounter each other face-to-face. What matters is...

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Disciplined evangelism

Sep 1, 2014 by

In a recent congregational report to The Philippine Witness, the bimonthly newsletter of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (better known as the Holdeman church) mission outreach to the Philippines,...

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Church and Peace

Jul 21, 2014 by

In the aftermath of World War II, Christians on all sides of the conflict were forced to ponder the sobering consequences of modern warfare. The sheer devastation of the war — symbolized by the firebombing...

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Simple, sophisticated

Jun 9, 2014 by

In the summer of 1963, David Wagler and Joseph Stoll, two Amish farmers, were threshing oats in a field close to Aylmer, Ont. They reflected on the need for more literature that spoke to the interests and...

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Biblical alliance

Apr 28, 2014 by

In 1997 a group of ministers from the Conservative Mennonite Conference formulated a resolution lamenting the conference’s “theological drift” from its “historic moorings.” “We believe that...

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Latin American leaders seek hope, a common identity

Mar 3, 2014 by

GUATEMALA  CITY — More than 120 Mennonite leaders from 19 countries gathered at a Catholic retreat center Feb. 10-14 seeking a shared identity and hope in a context of poverty, violence and competing...

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Brief news, wide impact

Aug 26, 2013 by

There was a time when virtually every rural town in North America had a newspaper. The papers often appeared weekly and provided a rich mixture of local news, agricultural updates, human interest stories,...

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