Jubilation greets installation of first bishop in Uganda

Oct 7, 2019 by and

MUKONO, Uganda — Mennonite Church Uganda consecrated Okoth Simon Onyango as its first bishop Aug. 11. Onyango was already the body’s national coordinator, but the young church was still relying on...

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Far-flung outposts translate Plain life

Sep 30, 2019 by and

After Cory Anderson published his overview of every Amish Mennonite congregation in the United States and Canada — The Amish-Mennonites of North America — there was only one place to go: everywhere...

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Migrant kits energize givers, amaze border volunteers

Sep 16, 2019 by and

The most valuable item included in immigration detainee kits distributed by Mennonite Central Committee Central States never passes through the hands of volunteers doing the sorting and packing. For the...

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Hong Kong Mennonites seek the peace of the city

Sep 9, 2019 by and

As protests bring millions of citizens into Hong Kong’s streets, the city’s tiny Mennonite population is praying peaceful tactics will prevail. Demonstrations began in early June, when a bill was...

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Family reunited after deportation

Sep 2, 2019 by and

Deportation tore their family apart four years ago in Iowa, but now the Mennonite pastoral couple of Max and Gloria Villatoro — along with their three daughters — are reunited in Mexico and discovering how...

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Accreditation probation recommended for Bethel

Aug 22, 2019 by and

Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., is redoubling efforts to reduce expenses and increase enrollment and donations after its accrediting body expressed concerns about the Mennonite Church USA college’s...

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MC USA adjusting to smaller convention crowds

Aug 19, 2019 by and

While it is too soon to know how big a financial hit Mennonite Church USA’s convention took due to lower registration in July, denominational leaders are adjusting to the reality of smaller...

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School gets new name — and a mascot

Aug 12, 2019 by and

In an effort to attract more students who do not identify as Mennonite or Anabaptist, Iowa Mennonite School is confronting a shrinking enrollment by changing its name. The school announced on July 30 it is...

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Filmmaker returns to Kansas for short film about guns

Aug 5, 2019 by and

Concerned about gun violence in her Chicago neighborhood and a breakdown in public discourse on a national level, Emily Railsback did what any filmmaker would do. She went to Hillsboro, Kan., to make a...

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From Zimbabwe to the world

Aug 5, 2019 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — The growth of early shares in companies like Microsoft and Apple pales in comparison to Jacob E. Stauffer’s 1894 investment in Brethren in Christ missions. His $5 gift at a general...

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Back to school in Arizona

Jul 29, 2019 by and

After two years locked up and dormant, the former Hopi Mission School in Kykots­movi, Ariz., is again serving students. Now known as Peace Academic Center, the facility has a few finishing touches to go...

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Seminars get political with calls to care for others

Jul 22, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While some may avoid politics at a family reunion, several pastors faced the issue directly on the Fourth of July at the Mennonite Church USA convention. Many preachers are called to...

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Youth connect with each other and God in new ways at convention

Jul 15, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While delegates spent days talking about unity at the Mennonite Church USA convention, youth were divided. Some admitted they got out of bed 15 minutes ago, while others were clearly...

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MC USA seeks Spirit-filled revival

Jul 15, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The executive director sang a ’90s grunge rock song. A Bible study on Ephesians packed enough input for a month of Sundays. Teenagers and adults worshiped together with traditional hymns...

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Delegates approve “Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants”

Jul 8, 2019 by , , and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 6 passed a “Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants.” A group of delegates initiated the statement during the convention, collecting...

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MC USA encouraged to invite others ‘as they are’

Jul 8, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was time for the sermon when the lights dimmed at the closing worship service July 6 at the Mennonite Church USA convention. The opening guitar notes to Nirvana’s “Come As You...

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MB pastor shares love at war front

Jul 8, 2019 by and

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — As the stalemated war in eastern Ukraine enters its sixth year, life goes on as normal in this city about 150 miles from the front. People here would rather not think about the war,...

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MCC boards approve five-year strategic plan

Jul 8, 2019 by and

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — Mennonite Central Committee has a loyal constituency, but its leaders don’t take the support for granted. “We can no longer assume Mennonite churches are familiar with MCC,”...

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MCC partner serves people ‘society doesn’t want’

Jul 8, 2019 by and

NIKOPOL, Ukraine — Natalia Mezentseva oversees a household of “women in difficult circumstances.” With an affirming and instructive place to live, thanks to a Mennonite Central Committee partner, their...

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NYC moderator denied re-entry to U.S. from Honduras

Jul 8, 2019 by and

The moderator of the New York City Council of Mennonite Churches was denied re-entry into the United States on April 11 and has been working at local ministry in Honduras since that time. Omar Guzman, pastor...

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