Subversive singers use hymns as protest

Jan 22, 2018 by and

After weeks of planning and selecting their targets, members of First Mennonite Church of San Francisco entered the bank and handed staff a note with their demands. What happened wasn’t a heist but a hymn...

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Suspect arrested in deaths of U.N. investigators, but questions remain

Jan 15, 2018 by and

Another suspect in the killing of a Mennonite United Nations investigator in the Democratic Republic of Congo was arrested Dec. 29, but an understanding of who killed Michael J. Sharp — and why — continues...

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The tax reform we need

Jan 15, 2018 by

The pliable instructions Jesus gives for paying taxes leave plenty of room for interpretation: “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matt....

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Nonprofits weigh impact of tax law

Jan 8, 2018 by and

Some nonprofit organizations worry the tax bill signed into law by President Trump Dec. 21 will result in fewer donations. Charitable giving remains tax deductible, but a doubling of the standard deduction...

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Initial meeting brings MC Canada into restructured era

Jan 1, 2018 by and

After years of developing documents, processing in meetings and finally voting approval in a special delegate assembly in October, Mennonite Church Canada took first steps in a new structure when its new Joint...

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Christmas imperfections

Dec 18, 2017 by

The screams were interrupted by yet another festive tinkle of shattering glass. Another ornament hit the hardwood floor, sending shards of Christmas cheer in every direction. The kids were helping decorate....

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Former prison becomes Swiss Mennonite couple’s home

Dec 11, 2017 by and

Spears to pruning hooks. Swords to plowshares. And since April 1, Anabaptist prison to cozy apartment. Already a tourist hotspot for Mennonites, portions of Trachselwald Castle could even become an...

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Swiss official offers apology for persecution

Nov 27, 2017 by and

It can’t change the past, but it can impact the future. In surprise comments delivered in early November, a government official in Bern, Switz­erland, requested forgiveness for persecution by the church and...

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Freedom to resist

Nov 20, 2017 by

Some Mennonite colleges play the national anthem before sporting events. Some don’t. Some say it’s a chance to reflect on liberty. Some say it’s a chance to honor those in the military who fight for that...

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Anthem directive sparks disagreement at Tabor

Nov 17, 2017 by and

In the week after Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game Oct. 8 in protest of athletes kneeling during the national anthem to challenge racial injustice, Tabor College coaches received an email...

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Funding cuts aim to make ministries sustainable

Nov 13, 2017 by and

Next year’s budget is hitting the reset button for the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Breth­ren Churches, drastically changing the denomination’s relationship to its money and members. CCMBC is blessed...

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Anabaptists only one facet of World War I dissent

Oct 24, 2017 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While many events have honored heroism and sacrifice during World War I, a different kind of conference gathered in an unlikely place to pay tribute to those who opposed the Great War a...

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‘Muted Voices’ conference recalls Hutterite martyrs

Oct 23, 2017 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The tale of four Hutterite conscientious objectors who refused even to wear a military uniform, let alone serve in the U.S. Army during World War I, is well known in Hutterite colonies and...

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A white man with guns

Oct 23, 2017 by

Was it terrorism? No. The shooter was white. The mass shooting that took the lives of at least 59 people and injured hundreds at an Oct. 1 country music concert in Las Vegas revealed much about American racial...

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Nebraska university with Mennonite roots to close

Oct 12, 2017 by and

Grace University in Omaha, Neb., founded by Mennonites in 1943 as Grace Bible Institute, announced Oct. 3 it will close at the end of the academic year. The interdenominational school was unable to overcome...

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Kansas teacher central to ACLU Israel boycott lawsuit

Oct 12, 2017 by and

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Oct. 11 on behalf of a Mennonite teacher challenging a new Kansas law barring state contractors from taking part in boycotts against Israel. Esther...

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Hurricane Maria damage severe for Mennonites in Puerto Rico

Oct 10, 2017 by and

As assessment teams work their way across Puerto Rico, it becomes clear Hurricane Maria damaged Mennonite churches, hospitals and a school to a greater degree than originally understood. After Maria hit the...

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Bethel speaker says partisan times require truth

Sep 25, 2017 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Leonard Pitts issued a plea for Americans to return to the ideals that bring them together during a visit to Bethel College. Pitts spoke to a...

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Boundaries redrawn

Sep 25, 2017 by

Gerrymandering — drawing a political district’s boundaries to assure a political party’s hold — isn’t new. It celebrated its bicentennial a few years ago. Newspaper columnist Leonard Pitts elaborated...

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New Mexico church calls first openly LGBTQ lead pastor in MC USA

Sep 19, 2017 by and

Albuquerque (N.M.) Mennonite Church has called an openly LGBTQ person to be their lead pastor, becoming the first congregation to do so in Mennonite Church USA. The church of about 150 attenders announced...

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