Mennonite Brethren affirm international community, mission

Apr 24, 2017 by

The global center of Christianity is trending southeast. For Mennonite Brethren, the hub is somewhere between Congo and India, where the two largest MB conferences are located. Thailand may not be the...

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Michael J. Sharp’s unfinished peace mission

Apr 24, 2017 by and

Four months after Michael J. Sharp moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012, he joined a small delegation that for six hours climbed a mountain in South Kivu Province to meet a leader of a major armed...

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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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Indiana school visitors counter military recruiting

Apr 17, 2017 by

ELKHART, Ind. — Because the U.S. military actively recruits in public schools, Elkhart Advocates for Peace and Justice is working to bring a counter message. “Nurturing Peace in our Community Schools”...

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EMU celebrates inauguration of ninth president

Apr 17, 2017 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Eastern Mennonite University’s tradition of Christian diversity took the form of around 500 voices joining in the litany of investiture to welcome and bless EMU’s ninth president,...

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MC USA director to retire in 2018

Apr 10, 2017 by

Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, has announced his retirement, effective in spring 2018. He has served in the role since January 2010. The announcement came March 30 during the...

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Southeast Conference raises possibility of leaving MC USA

Apr 10, 2017 by and

Southeast Mennonite Conference might leave Mennonite Church USA if the denomination continues extending forbearance indefinitely to members at variance with its teaching on same-sex marriage. At its spring...

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5,000 Congolese Mennonites in hiding to escape violence

Apr 7, 2017 by , and

Mennonite church members report increasing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Central Kasaï Province, where Michael J. Sharp, an American Mennonite, died on a United Nations peacebuilding...

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Mission worker sentenced in international kidnapping case

Apr 3, 2017 by

One of three people who helped a former lesbian kidnap her daughter and take her to Nicaragua was sentenced March 23 to time served and a year of probation. The Buffalo News reports Amish Mennonite missionary...

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Artist’s lost work turns up in thrift shop

Apr 3, 2017 by and

Thrift store manager Karla Richards thought one of her volunteers was joking when he brought her a painting that had been donated, saying it could be worth a lot. But Louis Silcox insisted it was an original...

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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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Plain groups: work-family bond resists worldly ways

Mar 27, 2017 by and

HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. — Today’s North American economy presents daunting challenges for building the ideal faith community, according to David Martin of Cheyenne, Wyo. “Why does there seem to be among...

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Workers seek to improve interfaith engagement

Mar 27, 2017 by and

AKRON, Pa. — As religious hostility, Islamophobia and anti-Semitic acts surge, a group of interfaith, peacemaking and mission workers from six Anabaptist agencies met to explore ways to improve interfaith...

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Mennonite World Conference completes dialogue with Catholics, Lutherans

Mar 21, 2017 by

AUGSBURG, Germany — A five-year discussion of baptism among Mennonites, Catholics and Lutherans has yielded new insights. Representatives of the Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian...

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Coming to terms with Nazi collaboration

Mar 21, 2017 by and

FILADELFIA, Paraguay — Violence tore through this traditionally pacifist community on the night of March 11, 1944. All the more remarkable, its perpetrators and victims were all Mennonites. And they all...

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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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Lancaster becomes ‘refugee capital’

Mar 13, 2017 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Lancaster City has become known as “America’s refugee capital” after the BBC reported it takes in 20 times more refugees per capita than the rest of the United States. Lancaster County...

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CJP director undertakes 40-day fast for healing

Mar 13, 2017 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — In preparation for his 40-day fast, which began Ash Wednesday March 1, Daryl Byler has made a few changes to his recreational reading. The lawyer, ordained minister and executive director...

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Mennonites once were the banned refugees

Mar 6, 2017 by and

A forgotten piece of Mennonite immigration history has gone viral on social media. “Banning travel or immigration into a country is not new,” begins the post by archivist Conrad Stoesz on the Facebook page...

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Bluffton remembers tragic bus accident on 10th anniversary

Mar 6, 2017 by and

BLUFFTON, Ohio — A decade after five members of the Bluff­ton University baseball team died in a bus accident, more than 150 people gathered around the campus’ Circle of Remembrance to reflect, remember...

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Mennonite World Conference considers name change

Mar 6, 2017 by and

Conversation about changing the name of Mennonite World Conference has moved beyond the Executive Committee. At meetings the week after the Feb. 12 MWC Renewal 2027 event in Augsburg, Germany, the committee...

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What is a peace church? People of color define it

Feb 27, 2017 by and

HAMPTON, Va. — It is time for white leaders and members of Mennonite Church USA to reconsider what it means to be a peace church, participants said at a gathering of people of color in leadership roles. More...

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Tabor signs Evana partnership

Feb 27, 2017 by

HILLSBORO, Kan. — Tabor College has announced a fraternal relationship with the Evana Network, opening doors for collaboration among the wider Anabaptist community. The Mennonite Brethren college is the...

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Remembering a faith journey of 500 years

Feb 20, 2017 by and

AUGSBURG, Germany — A Mennonite World Conference event looking forward to the 500th anniversary of Anabaptism looked back on the movement’s foundation in the primacy of Scripture. Regional Anabaptists and...

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