Kratz plays for U.S. team in Japan

Dec 9, 2019 by and

After Major League Baseball’s regular season ended, Erik Kratz played fall baseball in a different kind of world series. Representing Team USA as the starting catcher, Kratz was part of an effort that came...

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Fond farewell to the blue hymnal

Dec 9, 2019 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Over the span of a single weekend, Sean Goerzen sang or played every hymn in Hymnal: A Worship Book. All 658 of them. “I feel like I know the hymnal in a very intimate way now,” he said...

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U.S. MBs submit letter to national service commission

Dec 9, 2019 by

The U.S. Conferences of Mennonite Brethren Churches submitted a letter on Nov. 8 to the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service, affirming “many of the convictions” that other...

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Cowboy church reaches ranching culture

Dec 2, 2019 by and

It was Saturday afternoon of the rodeo. Stan Norman climbed into the bull pen, baptizing two bull riders in a stock tank surrounded by the largest bulls and broncs. “All I asked the bull riders was they...

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Bethel avoids probation, accreditation ‘on notice’

Dec 2, 2019 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Bethel College avoided probation in November when it learned its accrediting body chose instead to put the college “on notice” due to concerns about its financial health and...

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MDS to respond to hurricane in Bahamas

Dec 2, 2019 by and

For Mennonite Disaster Service executive director Kevin King, the destruction left behind in the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian was unbelievable. “As far as one could see, everything was destroyed or...

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Lost gravestones found in Ukraine

Nov 25, 2019 by and

Communist efforts to wipe out the memory of religious groups in the 1930s resulted occasionally in the Soviet Union being built on a Mennonite foundation. An example of just that was discovered in July when a...

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The Mennonite Inc. board looks toward merger with MWR Inc.

Nov 25, 2019 by

ELKHART, Ind. — The board of directors of The Mennonite Inc. on Nov. 2 looked with excitement at the continued work with Mennonite World Review Inc. to form a new, independent Anabaptist communications...

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Group to advise MC USA on Membership Guidelines

Nov 25, 2019 by

An advisory group has been assigned to recommend how to decide the future of the Mennonite Church USA Membership Guidelines. After a Nov. 15-17 meeting in Chicago, the group is expected to deliver a report to...

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Canned meat for ‘humble people in need’

Nov 25, 2019 by and

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Mennonite Central Committee mobile meat canner operator Tristan Pries had to fight back tears. “We were helping the homeless people with the food,” he said. “I learned to...

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Bethel College community reacts to sexual assault arrest

Nov 18, 2019 by and

The arrest of a North Newton, Kan., man has prompted the Bethel College community to evaluate how it responds to allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Ted Mueller, 84, was arrested Oct. 31 at his home...

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Scholars take a hard look at the Holocaust

Nov 18, 2019 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — About 80 years ago, Jews and Mennonites lived peacefully together in the Ukrainian city of Chortitza. Then the Nazis came, and everything changed. In 1941, before the invasion, Chortitza had...

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Forest church combines worship with great outdoors

Nov 18, 2019 by and

While giving a weather report at the beginning of a worship service is usually cliché, on Oct. 20 in Wilmot, Ont., it would have been redundant. Wilmot Forest Church — a new initiative of Burning Bush...

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Former CAM worker sentenced to 9 years

Nov 11, 2019 by

Former Christian Aid Ministries worker Jeriah Mast of Millersburg, Ohio, was sentenced to nine years in prison on Nov. 5 for sexually abusing two boys in Holmes County. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported...

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EMM’s move to city marks a shift in strategy

Nov 11, 2019 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — In late 2020, Eastern Mennonite Missions plans to open a cross-cultural center in Lancaster City and move its global ministry headquarters there. EMM will sell its properties in Salunga and...

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Canadian MB members share views on financial report

Nov 6, 2019 by and

WATERLOO, Ont. — Individuals associated with the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches expressed their perspectives during and after the Oct. 23 CCMBC annual general meeting in Waterloo about...

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Canadian MB leaders apologize for financial losses

Nov 6, 2019 by and

WATERLOO, Ont. — Discussion about ­financial losses dominated the annual general meeting of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches on Oct. 23 at Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church. Results...

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Franconia, Eastern District mend a 172-year split

Nov 4, 2019 by and

A history of division became a future of unity when Franconia Mennonite and Eastern District conferences held reconciliation votes Nov. 2 during joint assemblies at Souderton (Pa.) Mennonite Church. The vote...

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What’s the answer if a covenant isn’t working?

Nov 4, 2019 by and

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Constituency Leaders Council of Mennonite Church USA heard plans for moving forward on addressing the denomination’s membership guidelines Oct. 17-18 at Trinity Mennonite Church. At...

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Mountain Welcome

Oct 28, 2019 by and

A mile past Aspen Limo Ser­vices on Highway 82 in Colorado, as the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club rolls by and the wintry playground for the ultrarich comes into view, a stone building perches serenely by the...

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Former Christian Aid Ministries worker pleads guilty to abusing minors in Ohio

Oct 28, 2019 by

Former Christian Aid Ministries worker Jeriah Mast pleaded guilty Oct. 9 to sexually abusing two boys in Holmes County, Ohio. He is still wanted for charges of abuse and sexual assault of five minors in Haiti,...

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Uzbekistan Muslims celebrate Christian neighbors

Oct 28, 2019 by and

KHIVA, Uzbekistan — Early in October, a Mennonite TourMagination group viewed a unique museum exhibit that is an inspiring story of Muslim-Christian cooperation. The exhibit, opened to the public early this...

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Outside interest

Oct 21, 2019 by and

An organization related to the United Methodist Church has created an option for people from any Christian tradition to get a little more Ana­baptist with a new online course. “Elements of the Anabaptist...

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Heifer International celebrates 75 years

Oct 21, 2019 by and

CASTAÑER, Puerto Rico — Over 75 years of service around the world, Heifer International has helped bring more than 34 million families out of poverty. It all began in Puerto Rico as a project of the Church...

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Castro visits woman taking sanctuary in Columbus Mennonite Church

Oct 16, 2019 by and

An undocumented woman living in Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church to avoid deportation met with Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro on Oct. 15, one of several Democratic White House hopefuls now...

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