Dutch congregation rebuilds to support community

Aug 7, 2018 by and

The fellowship hall of the Mennonite church in Zaandam, the Netherlands, needed a bit of work. The congregation decided it was a chance to make the 1970s annex not just more friendly to the environment but to...

[read more]

Peace network overdue

Jul 30, 2018 by

For five centuries, Anabaptists have faced the challenge of pursuing peace. On every continent, in every culture, a defining trait that sets them apart is a commitment to nonviolence. Many conferences and...

[read more]

Canadian MBs join trend to decentralize

Jul 23, 2018 by and

Less is going to be more in a new approach to national decision-making and structure approved by Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches delegates July 14 in Saskatoon, Sask. With 97 percent...

[read more]

Return to national service concerns French churches

Jul 16, 2018 by and

A government plan to resurrect compulsory national service next year in France has Mennonites concerned about implications for young people in their congregations. While some details are not finalized, the...

[read more]

South Korea recognizes rights of COs

Jul 9, 2018 by and

The Constitutional Court of Korea brought an end to 70 years of imprisoning conscientious objectors when it ruled June 28 that it is unconstitutional for South Korea not to offer alternative service options...

[read more]

Poor People’s Campaign calls for moral revival

Jul 2, 2018 by and

Members of Mennonite churches in multiple states were arrested in connection to nationwide protests in May and June. Forty days of protests and nonviolent direct action in at least 30 states were local...

[read more]

Twisted Scripture

Jul 2, 2018 by

To the horror of Christians and resigned shrugs of fatigued non-Christians, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions turned to the Bible. He quoted Scripture to justify ripping families apart by separating...

[read more]

U.N. workers killed in Congo honored with medals

Jun 11, 2018 by and

Michael J. Sharp, a Mennonite worker with the United Nations who was killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2017, was awarded the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Medal on June 1 in New York City in...

[read more]

Members only

Jun 4, 2018 by

Christ as revealed in Scripture possessed miraculous powers. But at least one thing escaped his abilities. He couldn’t baptize himself. Being a Christian isn’t a solo mission. A church of one is not a...

[read more]

Canadian MBs to review connection between baptism, church membership

May 29, 2018 by and

While most Canadian Mennonite Brethren link baptism with congregational membership, that has not always been the case. Denominational leaders are beginning a process to look at their Confession of Faith to see...

[read more]

Southeast Conference considers withdrawal

May 14, 2018 by and

Southeast Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA is weighing its options. It plans to vote in October on whether to leave the denomination, and leaders are already talking with groups that offer other...

[read more]

Hopi school administrator sentenced

May 11, 2018 by and

The former superintendent of Hopi Mission School in Kykots­movi, Ariz., was sentenced May 8 to two years in prison for embezzling money from the school. Epefanio pleaded guilty to money laundering and wire...

[read more]

Death penalty testimony a matter of faith

May 7, 2018 by and

On Feb. 26, Greta Lindecrantz of Denver was a mitigation specialist working in the legal system to help a man avoid the death penalty. On Feb. 27, she was an inmate in the Arapahoe County Detention Center. It...

[read more]

Criminally Christian

May 7, 2018 by

Christianity was an illegal movement in its infancy. The first adult baptisms were punished by death in 1527. Christians, especially Anabaptists, have often faced the choice to obey God or the state. Defying...

[read more]

Small but inspiring

Apr 9, 2018 by

Though tiny, a multicultural Mennonite Brethren conference on the tip of one corner of Europe might be the continent’s clearest embodiment of the global Anabaptist church. The relatively short but diverse...

[read more]

Europeans anticipate most diverse gathering

Apr 2, 2018 by and

European Mennonites gather every six years for worship and fellowship. This spring, the European Mennonite Conference will be the most diverse gathering yet. Organizers anticipate about 1,500 Mennonites from...

[read more]

MCC may allow exceptions to ‘lifestyle expectations’

Mar 19, 2018 by and

Mennonite Central Committee’s U.S. and Canada boards have approved the possibility of exceptions to the “lifestyle expectations” for some MCC personnel, although those parameters have not been completely...

[read more]

German church finds a different way to reach out

Mar 12, 2018 by and

Not far from the Czech and Austrian borders, a little Bavarian congregation has started doing church differently. Last fall, members of Landau Mennonite Church in Germany began hosting Kirche Anders (Different...

[read more]

A name worth keeping

Mar 12, 2018 by

What’s in a name? For Tim Unruh of Hillsboro, Kan., it’s more than a hill of beans. His decision to name his Menno Beans coffee roasting venture after Menno Simons is an ode to his faith heritage and an...

[read more]

Coffee venture seeks to caffeinate Mennonite identity

Mar 5, 2018 by and

True evangelical coffee cannot lie dormant. With every batch of beans he roasts, Tim Unruh of Hillsboro, Kan., is putting his faith into practice. His product — Menno Beans — is a reflection not just of...

[read more]