Songs by accused composer removed from hymnal

Jul 6, 2020 by and

Planners of a new Mennonite hymnal are dropping seven songs from the book just months before publication after learning of sexual misconduct allegations concerning a composer. MennoMedia, the hymnal’s...

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Handwashing stations promote health in crowded slum

Jul 6, 2020 by and

NAIROBI, Kenya — Mathare settlement isn’t an easy place to stay clean and healthy on an ordinary day, so preventing COVID-19 from infecting people in a crowded slum of Nairobi is a challenge. Most of the...

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Tractor whisperer

Jul 6, 2020 by and

Each year, relief sales raise more than $4.5 million for Mennonite Central Committee’s work around the world. They are made possible by the work of hundreds of volunteers. Some, like Jerry Toews of Goessel,...

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Paraguayan shaped global Anabaptist theology

Jul 6, 2020 by and

Alfred Neufeld of Paraguay, a prolific author, theologian, historian and teacher who shaped Anabaptist theology globally, died June 24 in Münster, Germany, after treatment for liver cancer and kidney...

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MEA investments prioritize climate change

Jul 6, 2020 by

Mennonite Education Agency has revised its investment strategy, adopting five stewardship commitments targeting climate change. The MEA Investment Fund manages more than $150 million in endowment assets of 19...

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African American group urges denomination to address racial injustice

Jun 29, 2020 by

The African American Mennonite Association called upon fellow Mennonite Church USA congregations, which are predominately white, to be involved in healing and reconciliation amid the protests that erupted...

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MC USA launches racial justice fund

Jun 29, 2020 by

In the midst of social unrest in the United States, Mennonite Church USA has launched a Justice Fund for individuals and congregations to support MC USA churches involved in dismantling racism, addressing...

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Voices (still) Together?

Jun 29, 2020 by and

The health risks of group singing due to COVID-19 bring unique meaning to the ­title of a new Mennonite hymnal set to launch as many churches across the United States and Canada remain uncertain what worship...

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MCC U.S. executive director transition planned in October

Jun 29, 2020 by and

Leadership of Mennonite Central Committee U.S. will transition in October as J Ron Byler retires as executive director and current associate executive director Ann Graber Hershberger moves into the role. The...

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Relief sales succeed without main event

Jun 29, 2020 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — COVID-19 stopped the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale’s main event, but it couldn’t stop people from coming together to support Mennonite Central Committee. They’ve already raised...

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Neighbors confront violence, racism

Jun 29, 2020 by and

George Floyd, a black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for about eight minutes. Three days later, the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct building was...

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Concrete actions bring Argentina reconciliation to life

Jun 22, 2020 by and

Inspired by a series of dialogues that began last year in Switzerland, Mennonites and Reformed Church members in Argentina are building reconciliation by cooperating on projects. World Communion of Reformed...

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East Germany history an unfinished conversation

Jun 22, 2020 by and

Bruno Götzke, a Mennonite pastor and refu­gee from East Prussia, sensed early in 1953 the police were taking too much interest in his efforts to establish roughly a dozen new centers of worship for...

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Virginia food pantry makes adjustments to stay open

Jun 22, 2020 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — As the coronavirus pandemic has crept into the Rockingham County community, it has become more difficult for many to keep food on the table. Patchwork Pantry volunteers are making some...

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‘Mosaic’ name celebrates conferences’ reconciliation

Jun 15, 2020 by and

Eastern District & Franconia Conference has become Mosaic Mennonite Conference, a change announced during a conference-wide virtual worship service on Pentecost Sunday, May 31. With about 8,500 members in...

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Ariz. man charged in N.M. woman’s death

Jun 15, 2020 by

Law enforcement investigators say an Air Force airman charged with murdering a Mennonite woman from New Mexico had once been part of a Mennonite community. Mark Gooch, 21, was arrested April 21 in connection...

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MDS weighing mission and safety in COVID-19 return

Jun 15, 2020 by and

With long-term rebuild sites shut down through the summer due to COVID-19, Mennonite Disaster Service is evaluating how to return to its mission of cleaning up and rebuilding safely after disasters. Standard...

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Colleges begin establishing fall semester plans

Jun 15, 2020 by

U.S. Mennonite colleges and universities have begun announcing plans for returning to in-person classes this fall. In some cases, that means getting an earlier start. As Goshen (Ind.) College opens residence...

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Volunteers helping after riots

Jun 15, 2020 by and

Mennonites in Minnesota have been lending a hand in Minneapolis neighborhood cleanup efforts after the city was rocked by violent riots and peaceful protests beginning the day after George Floyd, a black man,...

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Pa. community centers report to ‘a different front line’

Jun 15, 2020 by and

When Ripple Community Center in Allentown, Pa., decided to remain open after stay-at-home orders were announced, it began with four staff on site and seven disposable face masks. Eight weeks later, Ripple...

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Climate-change conflict resolution

Jun 8, 2020 by and

As climate change takes its toll on Zimbabwe, millions who rely on agriculture are threatened with food scarcity. But Edfil Moyo, a subsistence farmer in Gwanda District, has been able to adapt. “For the...

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Anabaptist World Inc. executive director appointed

Jun 8, 2020 by and

Danielle Klotz of Goshen, Ind., director of marketing and communication for Mennonite Mission Network, has been named executive director of Anabaptist World Inc., the new independent journalistic ministry...

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Yes, you can get ordained online, too

Jun 8, 2020 by and

Physical distance didn’t matter when Janette Lyndaker Gallagher took classes for her divinity degree with Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and the same was true for her ordination in May. Rather than...

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Singing together unsafe, MennoMedia advises

Jun 1, 2020 by

As stay-at-home orders are lifted across the United States and Canada, MennoMedia released a statement May 19 discouraging congregational singing when physical gatherings resume. “While singing is considered...

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Coronavirus leads to new connections around the world

Jun 1, 2020 by and

The COVID-19 pandemic is prompting Anabaptists to respond to challenges locally and around the world as they connect in new ways. Die Mennonitische Post reported Mennonites in Cuauhtémoc, Mexico, initiated a...

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