Songs by accused composer removed from hymnal

Jul 6, 2020 by and

Planners of a new Mennonite hymnal are dropping seven songs from the book just months before publication after learning of sexual misconduct allegations concerning a composer. MennoMedia, the hymnal’s...

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Weaponized peace ignores racial pain

Jun 29, 2020 by

To the white eye, fires of protest violence might have illuminated only criminal destruction, not 400 years of oppression suffered by nonwhite people in the United States. As a result, some Anabaptists might...

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Relief sales succeed without main event

Jun 29, 2020 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — COVID-19 stopped the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale’s main event, but it couldn’t stop people from coming together to support Mennonite Central Committee. They’ve already raised...

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Neighbors confront violence, racism

Jun 29, 2020 by and

George Floyd, a black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for about eight minutes. Three days later, the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct building was...

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Scripture sacrilege

Jun 15, 2020 by

As dozens of cities burned across the United States June 1, the president needed a distraction. Donald Trump put down his twittering device, left his bunker and ordered police and military forces to use rubber...

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MDS weighing mission and safety in COVID-19 return

Jun 15, 2020 by and

With long-term rebuild sites shut down through the summer due to COVID-19, Mennonite Disaster Service is evaluating how to return to its mission of cleaning up and rebuilding safely after disasters. Standard...

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Volunteers helping after riots

Jun 15, 2020 by and

Mennonites in Minnesota have been lending a hand in Minneapolis neighborhood cleanup efforts after the city was rocked by violent riots and peaceful protests beginning the day after George Floyd, a black man,...

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Coronavirus leads to new connections around the world

Jun 1, 2020 by and

The COVID-19 pandemic is prompting Anabaptists to respond to challenges locally and around the world as they connect in new ways. Die Mennonitische Post reported Mennonites in Cuauhtémoc, Mexico, initiated a...

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Agreement clears way for Swiss fortress exhibit

Jun 1, 2020 by and

Anabaptists in Switzerland spent centuries avoiding a fortress that served as a prison. Now, after more than a decade of effort, a group of Swiss Mennonites is on the cusp of finally getting back in. The Swiss...

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Principle of loving

Jun 1, 2020 by

Typically, the time to go to church is “as soon as possible.” But these COVID-19 times are not typical times. As Anabaptists weigh which principles will guide them most, loving thy neighbor means easing...

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Arizona school plans another reopening

May 25, 2020 by and

Peace Academic Center — formerly known as Hopi Mission School — is continuing to assist reservation residents in Kykots­movi, Ariz., despite being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Peace Academic...

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MDS boosts joint relief fund to meet need

May 18, 2020 by and

A congregational relief fund has grown to $800,000 as more than 300 U.S. Anabaptist congregations have applied for assistance to weather the financial challenges that came with the COVID-19...

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Actions speak louder

May 18, 2020 by

What is a church to do when it is convinced the surrounding community is interested in Mennonite and Anabaptist beliefs but turned off by a Mennonite and Anabaptist name? Two Nebraska congregations from...

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Virus delays Nebraskans’ relaunch

May 18, 2020 by and

Through prayer, discernment and the congregation’s unanimous affirmation in February, Beatrice (Neb.) Mennonite Church was not supposed to exist right now. But COVID-19 halted plans for a relaunch...

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A bid for something new

May 4, 2020 by

If nearly every congregation — large and small — can find a way to worship online, it stands to reason that relief sales can collect donations in similar fashion. Some already do. Events such as those...

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MCC fundraisers get creative

May 4, 2020 by and

Matt Schmidt hates running but loves supporting Mennonite Central Committee. When the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale’s main event was canceled, it opened up opportunities for volunteers like Schmidt to take...

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Groups respond to pandemic’s fiscal challenges

Apr 27, 2020 by and

Less than a month after the COVID-19 pandemic led to cancellations and closures in communities big and small, Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA established a “Hope Fund” to help...

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You can’t stay home if you don’t have one

Apr 20, 2020 by and

It was already hard for un­documented families in South Texas to find work, get groceries or visit the doctor. Staying at home was already a lofty goal for people experiencing homelessness in...

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Pentecost optimism

Apr 20, 2020 by

Easter any other year is one of those Sundays the folding chairs might come out of the fellowship hall and into the sanctuary. Churches should be full to bursting. But not this year. Like the tomb on the first...

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Messy Church helps kids, adults have good clean fun

Apr 13, 2020 by and

Some say cleanliness is next to godliness, but others are finding the opposite approach might do an even better job of connecting people with God. Messy Church is a relatively new international network that...

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