Dark side to Amish religious freedom?

Aug 13, 2018 by and

Though the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wisconsin v. Yoder decision has traditionally been hailed as a religious freedom victory for the Amish, some Amish people want to challenge the 1972 ruling. That’s one thing...

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Seminary distributes aid after volcano erupts in Guatemala

Aug 7, 2018 by and

EL PORVENIR, Guatemala — The village of El Porvenir looked pleasant and sunny July 28. Roads, houses and buildings were washed clean by seasonal rain. But the village was empty, with access restricted by...

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Dutch congregation rebuilds to support community

Aug 7, 2018 by and

The fellowship hall of the Mennonite church in Zaandam, the Netherlands, needed a bit of work. The congregation decided it was a chance to make the 1970s annex not just more friendly to the environment but to...

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MCC Washington Office reflects on 50 years of advocacy

Aug 7, 2018 by and

WASHINGTON — The Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open house and reception at The Hill Center on July 17. MCC’s Peace Section opened the Washington...

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Sexual abuse challenges conservative communities

Jul 30, 2018 by and

An organization that addresses sexual abuse in conservative Anabaptist communities has suspended the vice chair of its board following allegations that he failed to protect abuse victims from a known sex...

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Open communion on the rise in MC Canada congregations

Jul 30, 2018 by and

Many Mennonites have grown up hearing these words for as long as they can remember: “Do this in remembrance of me.” Communion, the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist — whatever the name, it has been an...

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Conservative Conference rebrands with initials

Jul 30, 2018 by and

MONTGOMERY, Ind. — Conservative Mennonite Conference has rebranded — for now — as CMC. In a move similar to that of Lancaster Mennonite Conference earlier this year, CMC ministers voted unanimously July...

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Ethiopian sees how Latin Americans run a seminary

Jul 23, 2018 by and

GUATEMALA CITY — An exchange of East African and Latin American approaches to theological education took place when the president of Meserete Kristos College in Ethiopia visited SEMILLA, the Latin American...

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Canadian MBs join trend to decentralize

Jul 23, 2018 by and

Less is going to be more in a new approach to national decision-making and structure approved by Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches delegates July 14 in Saskatoon, Sask. With 97 percent...

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Return to national service concerns French churches

Jul 16, 2018 by and

A government plan to resurrect compulsory national service next year in France has Mennonites concerned about implications for young people in their congregations. While some details are not finalized, the...

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Evana solidifies collaborative vision

Jul 9, 2018 by and

UPLAND, Ind. — At 3 years old, the Evana Network is solidifying its identity as a collaborator with other Anabaptist denominations. During a delegate session at Evana’s third ReGen convention, held June...

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MCC, Syrian partners give light in a dark time

Jul 9, 2018 by and

In the old city of Aleppo, Syria, Ibrahim Nseir stands on the pile of rubble that used to be his church. The building where his congregation worshiped is now broken stones and dust. It’s a sunny day, the...

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South Korea recognizes rights of COs

Jul 9, 2018 by and

The Constitutional Court of Korea brought an end to 70 years of imprisoning conscientious objectors when it ruled June 28 that it is unconstitutional for South Korea not to offer alternative service options...

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Poor People’s Campaign calls for moral revival

Jul 2, 2018 by and

Members of Mennonite churches in multiple states were arrested in connection to nationwide protests in May and June. Forty days of protests and nonviolent direct action in at least 30 states were local...

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MCC boosts immigration work with churches

Jul 2, 2018 by and

As the U.S. government increases immigration enforcement, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. has been expanding its legal training and resources for immigrants and their advocates. People living in the U.S....

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Texans assist undocumented immigrant families

Jun 26, 2018 by and

Two Mennonite pastors who have been working with immigrants were among the first to respond to the reports of migrant families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Lupe Aguilar, a regional conference...

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Statue to honor martyr

Jun 18, 2018 by and

STEINBACH, Man. — Manitoba sculptor Peter Sawatzky has been commissioned to create a bronze statue of martyred Anabaptist Dirk Willems. Based on an engraving of Willems by Jan Luyken in Martyrs Mirror, the...

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Group seeks forgiveness for trauma of Münster

Jun 11, 2018 by , and

MÜNSTER, Germany — An unprecedented time of forgiveness came in May to the site of a notorious and violent Anabaptist uprising. A litany of healing and exchanges of understanding were part of a national...

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U.N. workers killed in Congo honored with medals

Jun 11, 2018 by and

Michael J. Sharp, a Mennonite worker with the United Nations who was killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2017, was awarded the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Medal on June 1 in New York City in...

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Uganda tour honors 40-year interfaith friendship

Jun 4, 2018 by and

For four days in April, Badru Kateregga asked audiences a question as he toured Uganda with David Shenk: “How many of you can say you have a friendship that has lasted 40 years?” Kateregga and Shenk can....

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‘Voices Together’ announced as title for new hymnal

Jun 1, 2018 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — The new worship and song collection for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada will be called Voices Together. “In early February more than 900 people responded to a title and...

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MWC council prays, learns, discerns

May 29, 2018 by and

LIMURU, Kenya — From Portuguese-speaking countries on either side of the Atlantic Ocean, a Brazilian pastor embraced an Angolan pastor. They had just heard a call from the Mennonite World Conference Deacons...

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Canadian MBs to review connection between baptism, church membership

May 29, 2018 by and

While most Canadian Mennonite Brethren link baptism with congregational membership, that has not always been the case. Denominational leaders are beginning a process to look at their Confession of Faith to see...

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Southeast Conference considers withdrawal

May 14, 2018 by and

Southeast Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA is weighing its options. It plans to vote in October on whether to leave the denomination, and leaders are already talking with groups that offer other...

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Hopi school administrator sentenced

May 11, 2018 by and

The former superintendent of Hopi Mission School in Kykots­movi, Ariz., was sentenced May 8 to two years in prison for embezzling money from the school. Epefanio pleaded guilty to money laundering and wire...

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