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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Book review: ‘Enchantment and Despair’

Dec 19, 2016 by

The writer Flannery O’Connor once said, “Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days. If you can’t make something out of a little experience,...

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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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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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Book review: ‘For His Sake’

Aug 15, 2016 by

A loud rap on the door interrupts the mealtime of Mennonites Johann and Barbara Strausz and their children in June 1815. They live in Polish Austria, where they farm the land and live in peace, exempted from...

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Serving with Choctaw, couple have seen prejudice, progress

Aug 1, 2016 by and

MERIDIAN, Miss. — A bullet tore through the home of Glenn and Emma Myers. It punctured the frame of a bed set against an outside wall. The shooting happened in 1967 in Philadelphia, the heart of civil-rights...

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Book review: ‘Gather Around the Amish Table’

Feb 15, 2016 by

What other than an Amish-Mennonite cookbook describes how to feed 180 hungry men at a barn-raising, with a feast that includes 50 pounds of white potatoes, 20 plump chickens, 300 yeast rolls and 120 shoo-fly...

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Book review: ‘The Sabbath Experiment’

Jan 4, 2016 by

The Sabbath Experiment: Spiritual Formation for Living in a Non-Stop World transports me back to childhood, when observing the Sabbath was unselfconscious and assumed. Those were the days when books on Sabbath...

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Spiritual steps of St. Patrick

May 25, 2015 by

Among the dozens of guides to spirituality that swamp today’s bookstore shelves, one by Jamie Arpin-Ricci stands above the rank-and-file. Arpin-Ricci, an Anabaptist who helped found the mission-oriented...

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Tour gives choir member a chance to share his city

Apr 13, 2015 by and

Steven Davis is learning a new way of life — and of singing — since coming to Goshen (Ind.) College last fall from New Orleans. With the beat of southern gospel in his blood, Davis is learning the more...

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Labor, love connect faith communities

Apr 13, 2015 by and

The power of Hurricane Katrina to ravage Gladier Dalton’s New Orleans church in 2005 was no match for the power of hammers and friendship to restore new hope. In 2014, College Mennonite Church in Goshen,...

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Prayer by prayer, pastor walks across Ohio for Lent

Mar 30, 2015 by and

Pastor Chet Miller-Eshleman has a bad back and bum knees from a scooter cycle accident. But that is not keeping him from walking 300 miles across Ohio during Lent. On his trek, which began March 23 near the...

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Left behind in the Soviet Union

Feb 16, 2015 by

North American Anabaptists might skim the surface of refugees’ plight by watching the news from their easy chairs. A Strong Frailty peels away this safe and comfortable distance. Katie Funk Wiebe plunges...

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108-year-old Burrton, Kan., congregation to close

Dec 22, 2014 by and

BURRTON, Kan. — When Aoife Rose Compton was born Nov. 18 to Rachelle and Martin Compton, she was the last child to become part of Burrton Mennonite Church. After 108 years of ministry, the church will hold...

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Unexpected call led to lifelong pastoral ministry

Dec 22, 2014 by and

BURRTON, Kan. — In 1962, when Jim Dunn was a senior at Bethel College in North Newton, the local African Meth­odist Episcopal church invited him to be its pastor. A woman at the church had called Dunn...

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Year after typhoon, MCC still rebuilding in Philippines

Nov 24, 2014 by and

One year after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed the house of Dominga Arias in the Philippines, the 50-year-old widow and mother of three has a new home with a more spacious bedroom than before. The simple wood...

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Sky’s the limit for church building campaign

Oct 13, 2014 by and

Barb Krehbiel Gehring proved the sky’s the limit when raising funds for building a new church. On Sept. 28, Gehring, co-pastor of Manhattan (Kan.) Mennonite Church, skydived from 1,300 feet to boost...

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Indentured servants embraced Mennonite faith

Oct 10, 2014 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — If not for great-great-grandparents who became indentured servants of Amish Mennonites in the early 19th century, Stan Bohn would probably not be a Mennonite today. Bohn, a retired...

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Church planters make friends, follow the Spirit

Sep 29, 2014 by and

WICHITA, Kan. — Because Byron and Hilda Pellecer “followed the bubbles” of the Holy Spirit, Imelda Sama­ni­ego worships on her front lawn. On Tuesday evenings she joins a small group of adults and...

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Philippines typhoon recovery aims for lasting results

Aug 18, 2014 by and

Since Typhoon Haiyan devastated communities in the Philippines last November, Mennonite Central Committee has been helping residents such as Virginia Pagatan restore what took only hours to destroy. Pagatan,...

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