Judge rules in favor of MC USA in Hopi land dispute

Jul 18, 2017 by and

Mennonite Education Agency is planning to start a new chapter at Hopi Mission School in Ky­kotsmovi, Ariz., after Navajo County Superior Court Judge Robert J. Higgins ruled in favor of Mennonite Church...

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LGBTQ advocates make the most of greater acceptance

Jul 17, 2017 by and

ORLANDO, Fla. — From official seminars and an inclusive worship service to direct involvement in the Future Church Summit, LGBTQ participation and presence at the Mennonite Church USA convention reflected...

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Come in, the show is free

Jul 17, 2017 by

Mennonite Church USA congregational membership and convention attendance are lower. It is apparent to anyone who has attended a denomination-wide gathering in the last two decades. Some attendees surely...

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Tanzanians make connections at convention

Jul 8, 2017 by and

Hundreds of congregations have left Mennonite Church USA in the last few years, making this summer’s convention a peculiar learning opportunity for a group of leaders from Tanzania Mennonite Church...

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Rachel Held Evans: It’s not faith, hope and ‘being right’

Jul 6, 2017 by and

ORLANDO, Fla. — When best-selling author and blogger Rachel Held Evans saw Mennonite Church USA’s “Love Is a Verb” convention theme, she hoped organizers didn’t see her Twitter...

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Mennonite Church USA convention: Put love in action

Jul 4, 2017 by , and

ORLANDO, Fla. — God’s unconditional love, first expressed through the gift of Jesus Christ, was the focus of the opening night of the Mennonite Church USA convention July 4 at the Orange County...

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Questions deepen at Hopi school

Jul 3, 2017 by and

Hopi Mission School in Ky­kots­movi, Ariz., has a new name and staff, prompting questions about who is operating the Native American ministry with decades of Mennonite history and influence. The...

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Mennonite Brethren pastor a leader but not ‘the lead’

Jul 3, 2017 by and

A part of Audrey Hindes always wanted to be a pastor. Even as a child, she took seriously the suggestion to read her Bible every day. “When I went to Fresno Pacific University my freshman year, according to...

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U.N. investigation could shed light on Congo deaths

Jun 26, 2017 by and

Three months after their son Michael J. Sharp was killed while leading a United Nations investigation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, parents John and Michele Miller Sharp continue his efforts seeking...

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Root of the matter

Jun 19, 2017 by

A tree is known by its fruit. The same goes for churches. The apple industry is revolutionizing itself by getting to the root of a blight problem, and its tactic should be of interest to evangelically minded...

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Agri-Urban, a link of farm and town, comes to an end

Jun 12, 2017 by and

Branding isn’t as hot a topic as it used to be for Western District Conference. Decades of burning a stylized “AU” on young cattle in the spring came to a close last year when the last batch of...

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Brethren seek to clarify issues of authority

Jun 5, 2017 by and

Like many denominations, the Church of the Brethren is weighing the degrees of uniformity and diversity it can accommodate. One of the business items to be considered at the annual conference June 28-July 2 in...

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Separatists sign up

Jun 5, 2017 by

A generation after Old Colony Mennonites in Canada followed the promise of less government interference to Mexico, local pharmacy operator Walter Schmiedehaus detailed colony culture for a 1947 issue of...

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Nigerian girls’ release answers Brethren prayers

May 15, 2017 by and

Heartened by the release of 82 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants three years ago, the Church of the Brethren continues to support thousands of its members affected by the insurgent...

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What big numbers hide

May 8, 2017 by

The numbers betray the humanity within them, because they are simply too big. Some 4,000 members of 30 congregations in Communautês Mennonite au Congo (Mennonite Communion of Congo) are hiding in the forests...

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African pastor describes persecution

May 1, 2017 by and

For four years, five Mennonite ministers have been imprisoned in an African country where evangelical churches have been under persecution for 15 years. Speaking by telephone April 24, one of their ministerial...

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Shifting to regions, Mennonite Church Canada breaks new ground

Apr 17, 2017 by and

Mennonite Church Canada is going to find out if a national denomination can grow stronger by putting its regions first. It’s a radical change that delegates approved in principle at last summer’s national...

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Passport for adventure

Apr 10, 2017 by

There are stories I don’t like to write because I don’t want them to be true. I wish the story about Michael J. Sharp wasn’t true. When I heard he was abducted, I felt grief in my chest and hope in my...

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A life in pursuit of peace

Mar 29, 2017 by and

Helping people lay down weapons was a thread running through much of Michael J. Sharp’s life. From work with U.S. military personnel in Germany seeking conscientious objection discharges to developing trust...

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Bodies found in Congo; U.N. worker dead

Mar 28, 2017 by and

Michael J. Sharp, a Mennonite worker with the United Nations kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was found dead March 27. Multiple media outlets reported Congo communications minister Lambert Mende...

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