Connected at the cross

Apr 15, 2019 by and

Connections brought a wooden cross to Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference, and further connections are taking it on a pilgrimage to each congregation. Made of interlocking pieces of wood in contrasting...

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Mississippi church tends garden ministry

Apr 1, 2019 by and

Something new is growing at Open Door Mennonite Church in Jackson, Miss. Seeking ways to engage residents in the city of 180,000 people, the small congregation teamed up with Hugh Hollowell, formerly of...

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Lasting Lenten sacrifice

Mar 18, 2019 by and

What are you giving up for Lent? Like showing up for Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday worship services, Lenten self-sacrifice is one of the few church traditions that still finds some measure of appeal with the...

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Denver church an intercultural effort

Mar 11, 2019 by and

A Denver area congregation’s efforts to be intercultural go far beyond being merely multicultural. Rather than a collection of cultures and identities tolerating each other but lacking mutual roots...

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Low German speakers seen in need of gospel

Mar 11, 2019 by and

Many Low German-speaking Mennonites have had little access to the outside world, but times are changing, and a new network wants to capitalize while it can. The goal is to evangelize Low German-speaking people...

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MC USA to revisit Membership Guidelines

Mar 4, 2019 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — Mennonite Church USA is considering changes to its Membership Guidelines. Policy and practice no longer match, leaving people dissatisfied on issues of sexuality and inclusion. The...

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Land of the Kanza

Mar 4, 2019 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Until a retired Mennonite pastor came along, Kanza tribal records indicated it had never happened before. No landowner had ever given something back to the Kanza people, also known as...

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Great Trek’s legacy

Feb 18, 2019 by and

The 39 families who followed Claas Epp into the Central Asian wilderness to avoid military conscription and meet Christ’s return in the late 19th century have received undo derision from descendants of other...

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Long-delayed exhibit is set to open in Uzbekistan

Feb 18, 2019 by and

A decade after its opening was canceled, a historical exhibit about a band of Mennonites from Ukraine who migrated far eastward in the 1880s to avoid military service and meet Christ’s return will finally go...

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Bearing a light yoke

Feb 18, 2019 by and

Jesus gives light burdens. He says so after telling his followers to “take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.” Then he adds, “My yoke is easy and my burden is...

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Removing an obstacle

Feb 4, 2019 by and

Mennonite Brethren are a praying people. Whatever they decide is God’s will for them, you can be sure they prayed a lot about it. The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches’ study conference on...

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Warming relations

Feb 4, 2019 by and

What the world needs now is more Coffee Corners. In a time of so much division and strife, it’s refreshing to see people spot a problem and do something about it. The pop-up Hutchinson, Kan., ministry of...

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Kansas ministry offers warmth to homeless community

Feb 4, 2019 by and

Yes, there’s a homeless shelter in Hutchinson, Kan., but no, it’s only open at night. That bothered Lois Mast and her daughter Heidi Mast, who recognized the cold can be just as bitter when people are...

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Evana’s new leader looks for growth, collaboration

Jan 28, 2019 by and

Evana Network’s next executive director foresees the group broadening its tent and continuing a conversation among Mennonites and like-minded Anabap­tists about how to collaborate. The evangelical...

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Jesus’ little flock

Jan 21, 2019 by and

Megalophobia is the fear of large things. Jesus spoke favorably of small things, and his followers aren’t wrong to adopt their own skepticism of mega­churches. Obsession with church growth (or decline) is a...

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A welcome disruption

Jan 21, 2019 by and

To Americans who’ve grown accustomed to long wars with no end in sight, it came as a shock when President Trump said on Dec. 19 that U.S. forces would leave Syria within 30 days. His advisers seemed as...

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Church growth stretches Ethiopian resources

Jan 21, 2019 by and

Challenges accompany the joys of growth as tens of thousands of people new to Ethi­o­pia’s Mese­rete Kristos Church swell the denomination. Now with more than 600,000 participants, the world’s largest...

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U.S. MBs discuss women in pastoral ministry

Jan 18, 2019 by and

TEMPE, Ariz. — Enough U.S. Mennonite Brethren want to allow women as lead pastors that they’ve opened an official discussion about it. Recognizing diversity of belief, they want to build unity and...

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Germantown becomes sanctuary

Dec 28, 2018 by and

Another congregation has joined the ranks of Mennonite churches publicly giving sanctuary to individuals facing U.S. deportation orders. Germantown Mennonite Church in Philadelphia welcomed Carmela Apolonio...

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Realigned, rebranded: 2018 year in review

Dec 28, 2018 by and

For years, North American Ana­baptists have been realigning — breaking old affiliations, forging new relationships, revising church structures to fit changing times. In 2018, two conferences tried a new...

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