Bethany students meet Holocaust survivor portrayed in play

Nov 13, 2017 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — It is rare that a theater cast gets to meet the central character of a real-life story they tell, but that became reality for students at Bethany Christian High School. Inge Auerbacher, one of...

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Hymnals: old, new, sometimes gathering dust

Oct 23, 2017 by and

How often does a church need a new hymnal? Every 25 years? Every century? Once for all time? Or are hymnals obsolete? Among the diversity of Anabaptists in North America, there’s someone who would answer...

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MCC’s Erica Littlewolf: ‘We are still alive. We really do exist.’

Oct 23, 2017 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Though most people call her Erica Littlewolf, on the Northern Chey­enne reservation in Busby, Mont., she is known as Vonahé’e. Littlewolf is many things: An aspiring runner, an...

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Yoders celebrate 300 years in America

Oct 9, 2017 by and

SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. — Perhaps no other name is as closely linked with the American Mennonite and Amish faiths than Yoder. It’s the 598th most common last name in the United States, according to the U.S....

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Tons of clothes await fun-loving volunteers

Sep 18, 2017 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — The payoff for a four-hour weekly round-trip to volunteer with Mennonite Central Committee comes in the joy of service, fun and fellowship. Every Wednesday, some of the volunteers get up...

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Hutterite elder sought progress, lamented division

Sep 5, 2017 by and

Jacob Kleinsasser, a Hutterite elder whose broad vision for the betterment of Hutterite society included embracing education as a positive force, died Aug. 8 at Crystal Spring Hutterite Community in Manitoba....

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Bolivian children’s home builds stronger families

Aug 14, 2017 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — When Rosinda Picon goes to work, she trusts the staff at Stansberry Children’s Home in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to care for her children. The children’s home, which is a Mennonite Central...

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Amish spring break? No, it’s ‘Sail and Sing’ cruise

Jul 31, 2017 by and

What if a diverse bunch of Mennonites and Amish got together for a faith-building vacation on a cruise ship? It’s not hypothetical. The Sail and Sing Cruise has been happening each year since 2012, when Ryan...

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‘Die Mennonitische Post’ celebrates 40th anniversary

Jul 3, 2017 by and

Die Mennonitische Post, one of the last remaining German-language publications in North America, celebrated its 40th anniversary in June. Mennonite Central Committee, which supports the Post, has longstanding...

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Anabaptists make good subjects to study aging, mental illness

Jun 5, 2017 by and

GOESSEL, Kan. — It’s one of the puzzles of medical science: Why do some people age faster than others? Is it genes or behavior? Nature or nurture? A study of Mennonites in Kan­sas and Nebraska has helped...

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New name? Mennonite World Conference considers its identity

Jun 5, 2017 by

When someone mispronounces or misspells your name, does it seem they aren’t quite addressing you? We choose names carefully, perhaps to honor someone or to express a hoped-for characteristic. Names form part...

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Serving with Mennonite Disaster Service leads to baptism

May 22, 2017 by and

Serving with Mennonite Disaster Service led to a personal experience of resurrection, symbolized by baptism on Good Friday, for Kory Jones. At the time of his April 14 baptism, Jones was an MDS volunteer. He...

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Gospel on forbidden radio

May 22, 2017 by and

Evangelical radio broadcasts helped Henry and Tina Rede­kopp understand the gospel. Now the couple are doing the same for others, operating a Low German radio station, De Stemm (The Voice), for the 3,700 Old...

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Freeman Academy confronts its rural challenges

May 1, 2017 by and

FREEMAN, S.D. — The clanging and clinking of plates, cutlery, pots and pans. The metallic hum of the sausage grinder. The sizzle of New Year’s cookies in the fryer. The wafting strains of music. The...

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Conservative young women publish magazines

Apr 24, 2017 by and

Heather Lehman thought of producing her own publication for as long as she can remember. Growing up in Singers Glen, Va., she put together one-page newsletters decorated with markers, later expanding to family...

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Latin Americans learn conflict-response skills

Apr 10, 2017 by and

A Mennonite Brethren leader from Panama described why he was taking a course at SEMILLA, the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary in Guatemala City. “Our pastor was killed because of conflict over his...

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Diversifying the face of mission still a challenge

Mar 13, 2017 by and

Ann Jacobs expected to be deeply moved during her first visit to West Africa with Mennonite Mission Network. What Jacobs did not expect was how a conversation in Accra, Ghana, would affirm the importance 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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Watershed disciples reimagine the good life

Feb 27, 2017 by and

Todd Wynward of Taos, N.M., describes himself as “a serial social entrepreneur.” Licensed by Mountain States Mennonite Conference as a minister for watershed discipleship, he directs the Taos Initiative...

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Pregnancy center wages ‘spiritual battle for life’

Feb 13, 2017 by and

Growing up in a Christian home, Kerri Porter had never considered abortion an option. But when she became pregnant at 19, an abortion was the first thing she wanted. “I was very angry when I found out [I was...

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‘Come as you are’ — and meaning it

Jan 30, 2017 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Raymond Gephart grew up in a family plagued by the abuse of drugs and alcohol. His two older sisters were put into foster care. Today, 58-year-old Gephart lives in Lancaster with his new...

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Prisoner, pastor find deeper connection to God together

Jan 9, 2017 by and

NEWTON, Kan. — The first time J.R. Cady met Mennonites, he was in prison at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility. Due to suicidal depression, he was sent there for psychological tests as part of his...

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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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Moabites, bonnets and pleas for help

Dec 27, 2016 by

Millions of people will never pick up a book about Mennonites or enter a Mennonite church. But they will visit thirdway.com to get a glimpse of what Mennonites are about. Erwin and Angela Rempel, who...

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2016 in review: What works for denominations now?

Dec 19, 2016 by and

With Christian denominations generally declining in North America, Mennonites are looking for new ways of being the church together. Shrinking or refocusing national offices while building up regional and...

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