MDS stretches to keep up as severe weather strikes often

Jun 17, 2019 by and

From tornadoes and hurricanes to rain that seemed to fall for 40 days and 40 nights, many areas experienced severe weather in the first half of 2019. Mennonite Disaster Service is tracking it all and...

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Schools put to the test

Jun 10, 2019 by

Pop quiz: How many Mennonite students does a Mennonite school need? Today’s answer: all of the above. As denominational identity erodes, institutional loyalty that defined religion in the 20th century goes...

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Parents rally to save school in Virginia

Jun 10, 2019 by and

Bake sales and car washes may have been just enough to save most of Warwick River Christian School in Newport News, Va. With enrollment down to 70 students signed up for this coming fall, the 77-year-old...

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Today’s peace churches

May 27, 2019 by

Historic Peace Churches are an exclusive club. Beginning with a 1935 conference bringing together Mennonite, Quaker and Church of the Brethren representatives, the “big three” have never added a...

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Nonconformity’s perils

May 13, 2019 by

Born from schism as a mark of truest obedience to the Lord, Anabaptists are better at breaking than binding. When the Reformation didn’t reform enough 500 years ago, Anabaptists went further, many paying the...

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Amish pose challenges for providers of health care

May 13, 2019 by and

Amish and conservative Mennonite communities might get identified as “Plain,” but health-care providers have found offering services to them can be anything but simple. A patient might pay with cash rather...

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Swiss forgive, don’t forget

May 6, 2019 by and

It took about 490 years for government officials in Bern, Switzerland, to ask forgiveness for persecution of Anabaptists. It took less than two to get a response from Swiss Mennonites. Delegates from every...

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Value of fritters skyrockets at Calif. MCC auction

Apr 29, 2019 by and

When no volunteers stepped up to coordinate making fritters for the West Coast Mennonite Relief Sale and Auction April 12-13 at Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University, attendees got a lesson in supply and...

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Bonus levels

Apr 29, 2019 by

The graduation ceremony was supposed to be a celebration, but one 30-year-old woman was crying. Casa Horeb, a Mennonite congregation in Guatemala City, was hosting a commencement event last year for people who...

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School on Sunday

Apr 29, 2019 by and

Sunday school works a little differently at Casa Horeb, a Mennonite congregation in Guate­mala City. For 10 hours on Sundays, before and after worship, the congregation transforms into a more traditional...

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Dead fridge lives on, artistically

Apr 15, 2019 by

It had to happen eventually. The aged Kelvinator refrigerator that held the lunches of generations of journalists, typesetters and pressmen at Mennonite World Review fell silent and warm in 2015. As the solid...

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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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Shameful tourists

Apr 1, 2019 by

Switzerland is a land of beauty and Anabaptist history. Many North American Mennonite and Amish people visit to get in touch with their faith’s roots. Most Swiss hosts are too gracious and polite to offer...

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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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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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Anabaptists: best supporting actors

Feb 25, 2019 by and

A new film dramatizing the life of Reformation leader Ulrich Zwingli is giving moviegoers a chance to see early Swiss Anabaptist leaders on the big screen — as long as they can get to Switzerland. The...

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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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