In MCC’s centennial year, relief sales keep evolving

Jan 20, 2020 by and

As one relief sale sets a lofty goal to celebrate Mennonite Central Committee’s centennial in 2020, others continue a trend of reinvention to be smaller and less reliant on scores of volunteers. The Kansas...

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California sale billed as celebration

Jan 13, 2020 by and

After 52 years, the West Coast Mennonite Relief Sale is switching gears and billing itself as a celebration. A celebration without “Mennonite” in the name. Although its legal incorporated name is staying...

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What’s in a name?

Jan 13, 2020 by

Taking the M out of MCC seems silly to even imagine. Besides turning Mennonite Central Committee’s name into one that sounds like a Communist Party leaders’ meeting, removing “Mennonite” would...

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MB leader charged, withdraws from international role

Dec 30, 2019 by and

After being charged for alleged solicitation of prostitution in January 2019 in Fresno, Calif., a Mennonite Brethren leader resigned from a conference leadership position and withdrew from another. Gary Wall,...

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Celebrate all of the season

Dec 23, 2019 by

As the season of Advent escalates to its apex on Christmas Day, it is a good time to remember Christ’s birth can and should be celebrated well after no more shopping days remain. Commercial interests drive...

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Kratz plays for U.S. team in Japan

Dec 9, 2019 by and

After Major League Baseball’s regular season ended, Erik Kratz played fall baseball in a different kind of world series. Representing Team USA as the starting catcher, Kratz was part of an effort that came...

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Lost gravestones found in Ukraine

Nov 25, 2019 by and

Communist efforts to wipe out the memory of religious groups in the 1930s resulted occasionally in the Soviet Union being built on a Mennonite foundation. An example of just that was discovered in July when a...

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Bethel College community reacts to sexual assault arrest

Nov 18, 2019 by and

The arrest of a North Newton, Kan., man has prompted the Bethel College community to evaluate how it responds to allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Ted Mueller, 84, was arrested Oct. 31 at his home...

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Forest church combines worship with great outdoors

Nov 18, 2019 by and

While giving a weather report at the beginning of a worship service is usually cliché, on Oct. 20 in Wilmot, Ont., it would have been redundant. Wilmot Forest Church — a new initiative of Burning Bush...

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Room in the middle

Nov 11, 2019 by

The candidate’s photo seemed irrefutable evidence. A neatly trimmed, white beard hugged the jawline, never close to the upper or lower lip. He had to be Mennonite. After running for Congress last year in the...

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Andres: Hijacked by outrage

Nov 11, 2019 by

In a recent NPR story, “How Outrage is Hijacking Our Culture and Minds,” Shankar Vedantam reported on research by New York University psychologist Jay Van Bavel that examines the relationship between...

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Franconia, Eastern District mend a 172-year split

Nov 4, 2019 by and

A history of division became a future of unity when Franconia Mennonite and Eastern District conferences held reconciliation votes Nov. 2 during joint assemblies at Souderton (Pa.) Mennonite Church. The vote...

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Welcome the stranger

Oct 28, 2019 by

Anabaptist history is defined by migrations, typically to escape persecution or pursue opportunity. What can get overlooked, on the flip side, is the welcome that made each chapter possible. Northern German...

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Mountain Welcome

Oct 28, 2019 by and

A mile past Aspen Limo Ser­vices on Highway 82 in Colorado, as the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club rolls by and the wintry playground for the ultrarich comes into view, a stone building perches serenely by the...

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Outside interest

Oct 21, 2019 by and

An organization related to the United Methodist Church has created an option for people from any Christian tradition to get a little more Ana­baptist with a new online course. “Elements of the Anabaptist...

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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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