Report cites pastoral protection in Virginia abuse case

Jan 19, 2017 by

An external review of responses to reports of sexual abuse in a Virginia congregation has led Mennonite Church USA staff to conclude the lead pastor acted in ways that protected the alleged perpetrator, to the...

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Canadian MB leader leaves post

Dec 19, 2016 by

The Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Executive Board announced on Nov. 25 that executive director Willy Reimer was leaving his position, effective immediately. A CCMBC release stated the...

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Portrait of global Anabaptism

Dec 12, 2016 by and

Results of a Mennonite World Conference survey of 24 member conferences show the church is growing and the gospel is spreading, primarily in the Global South. Many observers already knew MWC’s growth is...

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EMU releases report on misconduct response

Dec 5, 2016 by

Eastern Mennonite University announced on Nov. 28 that an external investigation of its response to allegations of sexual misconduct by a former vice president of enrollment found no evidence that...

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Mennonite Brethren writer a voice for women’s equality

Oct 24, 2016 by

WICHITA, Kan. — Katie Funk Wiebe, a Mennonite Breth­ren writer and educator who challenged church institutions to open leadership roles to women, died Oct. 23. She was 92. A gifted storyteller and essayist,...

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Political ads introduce Trump to the Amish

Jul 25, 2016 by

A political action committee seeking to mobilize the Amish to vote for Donald Trump is running ads in two newspapers that reach Amish communities. Amish PAC ads have appeared in The Budget and Holmes County...

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MC Canada moves in a new direction

Jul 18, 2016 by

Mennonite Church Canada delegates approved a proposal to shift the denomination’s emphasis from the national level to networking among area churches and created space for congregations with differing...

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Organizations respond to Ecuador earthquake

May 9, 2016 by

Local Mennonites and mission agencies responded after a powerful earthquake struck the Pacific coast of Ecuador April 16, followed by a second quake four days later. At least 570 people were killed, and more...

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Panel calls sexual abuse a ‘cancer’ in the church

Apr 11, 2016 by

Calling sexualized violence a “cancer within the church that we need to expose,” the Mennonite Church USA Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention released a statement March 30 urging congregations to “bring to...

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$2 million lawsuit filed in Manitoba sex-abuse case

Mar 28, 2016 by

A Winnipeg, Man., woman who was sexually assaulted by a Mennonite Brethren youth pastor in 1996 has filed a $2 million lawsuit alleging his church fostered a climate that aided in the abuse of children. The...

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Comments at sexuality study conference prompt an apology from MB leadership

Jan 18, 2016 by

A study conference on human sexuality held last fall by the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches was intended to reinforce the denomination’s Confession of Faith, yet conversations and...

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Hispanic leader De Leon worked for justice

Jan 18, 2016 by

María Magdalena De Leon, antiracism worker, pastor and leader of Mennonite institutions, died Dec. 25. She was 71. Felipe Hinojosa writes in The Mennonite that she was well-respected in her hometown of...

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EMU vice president arrested on solicitation charge, resigns

Jan 11, 2016 by

Eastern Mennonite University vice president of enrollment Luke A. Hartman resigned Jan. 11 after a Jan. 8 arrest for solicitation of prostitution. The misdemeanor charge was the result of an undercover...

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Canadian MB Conference organizes ‘God, Sex and Church’ study event

Nov 23, 2015 by

Representatives of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches gathered for an Oct. 21-23 study conference to talk about something that is often avoided. “God, Sex and Church: A Theology of...

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Bethel College community mourns student’s death

Oct 26, 2015 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Qadrey Tolliver, 18, a first-year Bethel College student from Kempner, Texas, died in an automobile accident Oct. 20 in Texas. Tolliver was a member of the women’s basketball team....

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MWR assistant editor to work from Illinois

Oct 23, 2015 by

Rachel Stella of Tiskilwa, Ill., is Mennonite World Review’s new assistant editor and Web editor. She comes to MWR from the NewsTribune in La Salle, Ill., where she was media editor. She managed the...

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Small conference makes big historical find

Oct 19, 2015 by and

When a small Canadian Mennonite conference began going through boxes of old documents a couple of months ago, it found an artifact of significance to Mennonites across the country. The Christian Mennonite...

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Canadian MB study conference returns to sexuality

Oct 12, 2015 by

A Mennonite Brethren study conference later this month will focus on sexuality in a way that goes beyond only homosexuality concerns. The Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches will host “God,...

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Flood, robbery bring S.D. churches together

Sep 28, 2015 by

A flood and a robbery brought two Mennonite Breth­ren congregations in Sioux Falls, S.D., closer in late August. An Aug. 27 storm flooded Christ Community Church with 3 to 5 inches of water, the U.S....

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Deceased Canadian pastor is accused of sexual misconduct

Sep 28, 2015 by

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada announced an allegation of sexual and ethical misconduct by a pastor who died 21 years ago. On Aug. 30, three Ontario congregations formerly served by Vernon Leis, the pastor...

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