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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Inflated relief a new goal for today

Mar 21, 2017 by

Last year, Mennonite Central Committee declared its $42.2 million response since 2012 to war in Syria and Iraq the single largest crisis response in MCC history. That would be true if a dollar’s value...

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Mennonite U.N. worker abducted in Congo

Mar 14, 2017 by and

Prayers for Michael J. Sharp, a Mennonite worker with the United Nations kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo, continued into a second week with a March 23 vigil in his parents’ community of...

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Preach it! Gospel of peace heard more widely

Mar 13, 2017 by and

Preaching Peace, a ministry based out of Lancaster, Pa., is taking significant steps to broaden its scope and impact. Founded about a decade ago by Michael and Lorri Hardin, the organization launched an online...

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Minor adjustments

Feb 27, 2017 by

Apple Inc.’s sleek new corporate headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., is one of the world’s most ambitious construction projects. When completed, the 2.8 million-square-foot circular structure will house up...

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Conference shrinks when members don’t recommit

Feb 20, 2017 by and

Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference parted ways with nearly a quarter of its congregations at its annual meeting Feb. 11 in Pasa­dena, Calif. A restructuring process that began a year and a half ago led to...

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Hopi school indictment adds two principals, treasurer

Feb 13, 2017 by and

A new federal indictment concerning almost $1 million in fraudulent activity at Hopi Mission School in Kykotsmovi, Ariz., includes two principals and the school board’s treasurer. The private...

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Sanctuary moves outside church walls

Feb 6, 2017 by and

The teach-in was supposed to happen at a local library. But when President Trump entered office with executive actions that heightened fears among the immigrant community, a larger venue was needed. Columbus...

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Palestinian Mennonite seeks peace through respect

Jan 30, 2017 by and

Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian-American who attends Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, Pa., spoke at a New York City synagogue on Nov. 29. He spoke in favor of Palestinian nationalism — a message he...

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Choose love first

Jan 30, 2017 by

The difference between a death that comes at the end of a long and full life, and one that interrupts things too soon, is subjective. But you know it when you see it. Lately, there has been too much of the...

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Hopi school administrator expelled from reservation

Jan 9, 2017 by and

The Hopi tribe has ordered the administrator of Hopi Mission School to leave the reservation, and as far as the tribal council is aware, he has done so. The private kindergarten-to-eighth-grade school in...

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Hope finds way to grow

Jan 2, 2017 by

The English language does a disservice to the word “hope.” It’s too short, too glib. Lips are finished pronouncing it almost before the sound establishes a presence. Spanish takes a different approach....

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Honduras report: Strong families start with the kids

Jan 2, 2017 by and

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Pastor Porfirio Zelaya Rubio gestured to the street outside the front door of Iglesia Menonita Sion (Zion Mennonite Church). He spoke in a quiet voice, not wanting to draw the...

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Embrace the darkness

Dec 19, 2016 by

Hens lose their egg-laying gusto as the days get shorter. Rather than offer a winter respite to her flock, my wife chose brainwashing over relief. Already in October she festooned the chicken run with...

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