Youth hear of seeking Jesus in tragedy

Jul 2, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Michele Hershberger channeled Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon during her Wednesday evening address to 2,300 youth attending Mennonite Church USA’s convention. First, the Hesston College...

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6,500 are registered for global assembly

Jun 29, 2015 by and

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...

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Lancaster district makes unity central

Jun 15, 2015 by and

In the midst of questions about Lancaster Mennonite Conference’s affiliation with Mennonite Church USA, a document calling for unity is gaining traction. The document, “Radical Center,” was born out of...

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Easy talk, tough walk

Jun 8, 2015 by

As Mennonite Church USA delegates prepare for this summer’s convention in Kansas City, Mennonites on social media are demonstrating passion for conversations around forbearance and the Membership Guidelines....

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Children’s home a Fortress of Hope

May 29, 2015 by and

In 2008, members of Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Hartville, Ohio, turned $1,000 into $13,000 — and it launched a new mission trajectory. According to Myron Weaver, the pastor at that time, each family was...

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Cartoonist and writer combined humor, insight

May 13, 2015 by and

Joel Kauffmann, whose cartoon strip Pontius’ Puddle has enlivened the pages of church periodicals for three decades and whose screenplay for the 1990 film The Radicals dramatized the birth of Anabaptism,...

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Shaken foundation

May 11, 2015 by

Natural disasters highlight some of the best, worst and most unexplainable pieces of humanity. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, killing more than 7,500 and thrusting incredible natural...

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Small Canadian conference puts ‘Christian’ first

May 4, 2015 by and

The Chortitzer Mennonite Conference, with 10 congregations in western Canada, has chosen a simpler name. At their annual meeting in Steinbach, Man., on April 18, delegates voted to be called Christian...

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Indiana-Michigan cites Goshen pastor’s ‘variance’ for same-sex ceremony

Apr 22, 2015 by and

Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference has identified a Goshen, Ind., pastor as at variance with its teaching position for officiating a same-sex covenant ceremony. The pastor, Karl Shelly of Assembly Mennonite...

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Goshen, Ind., confronts its sundown town past

Apr 20, 2015 by and

When Dan Shenk began researching the sundown town history of his city, Goshen, Ind., he was surprised how much information he found. He read about it in sociologist James Loewen’s book, Sundown Towns: A...

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With a name and leaders, Evana group moves ahead

Apr 20, 2015 by and

Evana Network will be the name of a new Anabaptist group of churches set to launch in September. Evana announced its name — a combination of “evangelical” and “Anabaptist” — along with a...

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Digital disagreements

Apr 13, 2015 by

During the height of public reaction to the passage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, The Indianapolis Star ran a front-page editorial, “Fix This Now,” that asked for social media response...

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Bible study series adds female voices

Apr 6, 2015 by and

Female writers have a voice for the first time in a decades-long project to publish commentaries on the entire Bible. MennoMedia on Feb. 9 released Lamentations, Song of Songs, the 27th volume of its Believers...

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Ohio Conference affirms Confession of Faith

Mar 24, 2015 by and

Mennonite Church USA’s Ohio Conference delegates passed a resolution on March 14 stating its credentialing committee will not recognize any request to credential a pastor in a same-sex relationship....

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Jamaica pastor dies during annual assembly

Mar 23, 2015 by and

The vice president of Jamaica Mennonite Church, Donavan Maitland, died of a heart attack March 8 at the church’s annual assembly, causing it to end early. Maitland, the pastor of Bethel Mennonite Church in...

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Cold comfort

Mar 16, 2015 by

Late winter — when spring looms close but the forecast remains cold — is an annual opportunity to practice patience. And thank goodness. We need the practice. Small, daily opportunities for...

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After 10 years, Allegheny reinstates Hyattsville church

Mar 11, 2015 by and

In a 72-70 vote on March 7, Mennonite Church USA’s Allegheny Mennonite Conference reinstated Hyattsville (Md.) Mennonite Church as a full, voting member. The congregation, which takes an affirming stance...

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Four centuries of ‘Martyrs Mirror’ to be auctioned

Mar 2, 2015 by and

Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite Historical Society will auction two unusual Martyrs Mirror books March 13, including a second edition of the original Dutch published in 1685 in Amsterdam. A 1748 edition, translated...

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Spanish education opens doors

Feb 23, 2015 by and

Many of the 17 recent graduates of Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (Anabaptist Biblical Institute) shed tears as they gave graduation-day testimonies. It was an emotional moment, said IBA director Rafael...

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100,000,000 books sold

Feb 16, 2015 by and

When Choice Books added contact information to its books, sold on small stands in stores across the country, letters began pouring in. Simon Schrock, executive director of the largest distributor of Choice...

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