Conference shrinks when members don’t recommit

Feb 20, 2017 by and

Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference parted ways with nearly a quarter of its congregations at its annual meeting Feb. 11 in Pasa­dena, Calif. A restructuring process that began a year and a half ago led to...

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Pregnancy center wages ‘spiritual battle for life’

Feb 13, 2017 by and

Growing up in a Christian home, Kerri Porter had never considered abortion an option. But when she became pregnant at 19, an abortion was the first thing she wanted. “I was very angry when I found out [I was...

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Hopi school indictment adds two principals, treasurer

Feb 13, 2017 by and

A new federal indictment concerning almost $1 million in fraudulent activity at Hopi Mission School in Kykotsmovi, Ariz., includes two principals and the school board’s treasurer. The private...

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Sanctuary moves outside church walls

Feb 6, 2017 by and

The teach-in was supposed to happen at a local library. But when President Trump entered office with executive actions that heightened fears among the immigrant community, a larger venue was needed. Columbus...

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Palestinian Mennonite seeks peace through respect

Jan 30, 2017 by and

Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian-American who attends Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, Pa., spoke at a New York City synagogue on Nov. 29. He spoke in favor of Palestinian nationalism — a message he...

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Ohio pastor testified: ‘Don’t give up on prayer’

Jan 30, 2017 by and

In September, Naomi Engle was diagnosed with brain cancer after experiencing problems maintaining her balance. The co-pastor of West Clinton Mennonite Church in Wauseon, Ohio, died Jan. 1 at age 51. She was...

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MC USA to hear voices of youth in convention business sessions

Jan 16, 2017 by and

At the Mennonite Church USA convention in 2015, high school student Leah Wenger questioned the role of youth after noting how separated the youth convention was from the delegate sessions. “My youth group...

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Hopi school administrator expelled from reservation

Jan 9, 2017 by and

The Hopi tribe has ordered the administrator of Hopi Mission School to leave the reservation, and as far as the tribal council is aware, he has done so. The private kindergarten-to-eighth-grade school in...

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Honduras report: Strong families start with the kids

Jan 2, 2017 by and

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Pastor Porfirio Zelaya Rubio gestured to the street outside the front door of Iglesia Menonita Sion (Zion Mennonite Church). He spoke in a quiet voice, not wanting to draw the...

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Yard signs say all neighbors welcome

Dec 27, 2016 by and

Watching an early U.S. presidential primary debate, Matthew Bucher disliked what he heard about refugees and asylum-seekers. As the pastor of Immanuel Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Va., he thought of a...

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2016 in review: What works for denominations now?

Dec 19, 2016 by and

With Christian denominations generally declining in North America, Mennonites are looking for new ways of being the church together. Shrinking or refocusing national offices while building up regional and...

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Supporters witness a victory at Standing Rock

Dec 19, 2016 by and

Representatives from Mennonite Central Committee were present Dec. 4 at the Oceti Sakowin camp near the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest when the word spread that the “water protectors” had won a...

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Students, faculty seek protections for undocumented FPU students

Dec 19, 2016 by and

A petition signed by hundreds of Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University faculty, students and alumni asks President Richard Kriegbaum to publicly pledge to protect undocumented students. The petition was created...

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San Antonio church finds room for refugee influx

Dec 12, 2016 by and

One week into Advent, San Antonio Mennonite Church tore down its Christmas decorations to make room for the real thing. Hundreds of women and children unexpectedly discharged from immigrant detention...

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Swiss turning military building into a church

Nov 29, 2016 by and

A vibrant Mennonite congregation in Tavannes, Switzerland, is addressing its need for a larger worship space by transforming a building no longer needed by the Swiss military. Église évangélique mennonite...

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Birthday wish multiplies joy of giving

Nov 29, 2016 by and

Months before her 60th birthday, Karen Kreider Yoder sat with family around the table discussing how to celebrate. “I wanted to do something that wasn’t just for me,” she said. “I wanted to do...

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After 169 years, a reunion of split conferences?

Nov 21, 2016 by and

After a split 169 years ago, two conferences are talking about the possibility of a merger. During their joint annual assembly Nov. 4-5 at Dock Mennonite Academy in Souderton, Pa., more than 240 delegates from...

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Thousands can meat for the hungry

Nov 21, 2016 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — As the forklift raised another pallet of canned meat to the ceiling on Nov. 3, volunteers in the Mennonite Central Committee Central States warehouse were already working on the next set...

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Year after withdrawal, Lancaster Conference gains, loses

Nov 15, 2016 by and

Since Lancaster Mennonite Conference’s decision in November 2015 to withdraw from Mennonite Church USA by the end of 2017, it has received several congregations formerly with MC USA conferences. Moderator...

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Board approves discussion of MC USA’s future

Nov 14, 2016 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — As funds and membership shrink, Mennonite Church USA seeks the wisdom of a crowd. Leaders are planning a “large-group process” for the biennial convention in Orlando, Fla., next...

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