College and university enrollments mostly down again

Oct 14, 2019 by and

For the second year in a row, nearly every U.S. Mennonite college and university reported lower overall enrollment. Still, higher education institutions and seminaries find reason to be hopeful. Full-time and...

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Some MCC workers leave Haiti as violence escalates

Oct 14, 2019 by and

Violent protests and political turmoil in Haiti have prompted several Mennonite Central Committee workers to leave the country as the unrest interrupts work and causes safety concerns. MCC representative...

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Groups enlist unity

Oct 14, 2019 by

Opposition to military service continues to unify Anabaptists. An unprecedented number of Anabaptist groups found common ground this summer to sign a letter outlining concerns to the National Commission on...

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Consultation offers peace-church voice on military service

Oct 14, 2019 by and

As a federal commission reviews the Selective Service System and other issues regarding the American public’s relationship with military service, Ana­baptists have given their input. A diverse collection of...

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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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Plain acculturation

Sep 30, 2019 by

Head coverings, beards and limited clothing options aren’t always enough to set a people apart. In North America, these seem to do the trick. But conservative Anabaptists encounter deeper questions when they...

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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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Profitic justice

Sep 16, 2019 by

Adam Smith has never been confused with Jesus. The Sermon on the Mount has nothing good to say about the rich and powerful. But, now and again, capitalist free markets understand the pursuit of justice makes...

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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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God’s presence needs us

Sep 2, 2019 by

While bad news spurs some people to action, it is just as likely to make us feel helpless. But if you think there is nothing you can do, you are wrong. The Associated Press reported Aug. 21 that the Trump...

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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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Blooming in the desert

Aug 5, 2019 by

Like a summer rain coaxes dormant plants to flower in the desert, life is returning to the former Hopi Mission School in Kykotsmovi, Ariz. Reborn as Peace Academic Center, the former elementary and middle...

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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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