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 planned 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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Allegheny Conference to license LGBT pastor

Feb 20, 2017 by

Allegheny Mennonite Conference on Feb. 15 announced it will license for ministry a Maryland pastor who “is a member of the LGBTQ community and married to her partner.” The conference approved a request to...

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Conference shrinks when members don’t recommit

Feb 20, 2017 by and

Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference parted ways with nearly a quarter of its congregations at its annual meeting Feb. 11 in Pasa­dena, Calif. A restructuring process that began a year and a half ago led to...

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Conflict at meeting: ‘Let him speak’

Feb 13, 2017 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — A Mennonite Church Manitoba meeting at Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship took a confrontational turn on Jan. 12, opening the floodgates of debate on just what it means for local congregations...

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Executive order causes higher education complications

Feb 13, 2017 by and

The recent presidential executive order temporarily banning entry from seven Muslim-majority countries has been having widespread effects, including for institutions of higher education. Several Mennonite...

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Hopi school indictment adds two principals, treasurer

Feb 13, 2017 by and

A new federal indictment concerning almost $1 million in fraudulent activity at Hopi Mission School in Kykotsmovi, Ariz., includes two principals and the school board’s treasurer. The private...

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EMU president announces steps to prevent, respond to misconduct

Feb 13, 2017 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — President Susan Schultz Huxman launched an Action Plan Steering Committee Jan. 26 at Eastern Mennonite University to ensure EMU meets federal regulations and implements best practices to...

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Sanctuary moves outside church walls

Feb 6, 2017 by and

The teach-in was supposed to happen at a local library. But when President Trump entered office with executive actions that heightened fears among the immigrant community, a larger venue was needed. Columbus...

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Latin American women share benefits of caring

Feb 6, 2017 by , and

Mennonite Women USA is building stronger leadership for its Sister Care seminars in Latin America, where enthusiasm for the program is high. Sister Care seminars and materials have been received with much...

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Palestinian Mennonite seeks peace through respect

Jan 30, 2017 by and

Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian-American who attends Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, Pa., spoke at a New York City synagogue on Nov. 29. He spoke in favor of Palestinian nationalism — a message he...

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FPU selects president with international experience

Jan 30, 2017 by

FRESNO, Calif. — A candidate with administrative, fundraising and international experience has been chosen as the next President of Fresno Pacific University. Joseph Jones has served as chief administrative...

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Ohio pastor testified: ‘Don’t give up on prayer’

Jan 30, 2017 by and

In September, Naomi Engle was diagnosed with brain cancer after experiencing problems maintaining her balance. The co-pastor of West Clinton Mennonite Church in Wauseon, Ohio, died Jan. 1 at age 51. She was...

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Mennonites join Women’s March on Washington

Jan 23, 2017 by and

WASHINGTON — Wilma Harder felt stronger with every rest stop she visited driving from Goshen, Ind., to Washington to join the Women’s March Jan. 21. The numbers of women wearing knitted, pink hats with cat...

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Service unit leader, 26, dies in car accident

Jan 20, 2017 by and

Hannah Hochstetler, co-leader of the Mennonite Mission Network Service Adventure unit in Jackson, Miss., died Jan. 19 in a car accident near Roanoke, Va. She was 26. She and her husband, Caleb, 25, were...

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Report cites pastoral protection in Virginia abuse case

Jan 19, 2017 by

An external review of responses to reports of sexual abuse in a Virginia congregation has led Mennonite Church USA staff to conclude the lead pastor acted in ways that protected the alleged perpetrator, to the...

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