Subversive singers use hymns as protest

Jan 22, 2018 by and

After weeks of planning and selecting their targets, members of First Mennonite Church of San Francisco entered the bank and handed staff a note with their demands. What happened wasn’t a heist but a hymn...

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Schools to form a closer relationship

Jan 22, 2018 by

A new association connecting Mennonite Church USA’s institutions of higher education will launch Feb. 1. The Mennonite Higher Education Association’s goals include strengthening the schools’...

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Western District Conference launches a Year of Evangelism

Jan 22, 2018 by and

GOESSEL, Kan. — An evangelist is a “both/and” kind of person, speakers said Jan. 19-20 as Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA launched a Year of Evangelism. “There is more than one way...

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Western District board condemns president’s reported remarks

Jan 15, 2018 by

The leadership board of Mennonite Church USA’s Western District Conference on Jan. 13 condemned President Trump’s alleged vulgar and dismissive reference to certain countries. In a statement, the WDC...

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Suspect arrested in deaths of U.N. investigators, but questions remain

Jan 15, 2018 by and

Another suspect in the killing of a Mennonite United Nations investigator in the Democratic Republic of Congo was arrested Dec. 29, but an understanding of who killed Michael J. Sharp — and why — continues...

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Former MC USA congregations join MB conference

Jan 15, 2018 by and

HENDERSON, Neb. — Five former Mennonite Church USA congregations joined the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Breth­ren Churches Nov. 3-4. The MB Central District Conference welcomed the five churches, from...

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Revitalized college signals new vision in Tanzania

Jan 8, 2018 by and

NYABANGE, Tanzania — Mennonite Theological College of Eastern Africa has experienced a dramatic turnaround, going from a dying school of just three students to a thriving college in one year. On Dec. 2, 90...

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Podcasters fill a ‘void’ on conservative Anabaptism

Jan 8, 2018 by and

Reagan Schrock couldn’t find a podcast from a conservative Anabaptist perspective, so he decided to produce his own. Already the owner of a media company, he and fellow church member Jaran Miller founded the...

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Nonprofits weigh impact of tax law

Jan 8, 2018 by and

Some nonprofit organizations worry the tax bill signed into law by President Trump Dec. 21 will result in fewer donations. Charitable giving remains tax deductible, but a doubling of the standard deduction...

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Smoking, driving and deep theology

Jan 2, 2018 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Suppose your job is to answer impossibly complex questions, sometimes dealing with theology and even eternal destiny. How do you respond? This was the volunteer task of Erwin and Angela...

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MCC medical aid reaches North Korea

Jan 1, 2018 by and

PYONGYANG, North Korea — It had been a long trek for eight small bags of medical supplies. They had been packed and re­packed, crossed an ocean, passed through three countries and numerous airport security...

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Initial meeting brings MC Canada into restructured era

Jan 1, 2018 by and

After years of developing documents, processing in meetings and finally voting approval in a special delegate assembly in October, Mennonite Church Canada took first steps in a new structure when its new Joint...

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Loving hymns, aiding refugees

Dec 26, 2017 by and

A new album of hymns has raised around $6,000 for Mennonite Central Committee in one month. The Midnight Hymn Sing is a collection of 10 classic hymns recorded in a blues-rock-folk style. Shannon Koehler of...

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Peace on Earth, goodwill to immigrants

Dec 26, 2017 by and

MANHEIM, Pa. — From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, about 525 people from 49 nations celebrated Christmas and cross-cultural friendship Dec. 3 at Mount Joy Mennonite Church’s third annual international Christmas...

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Puerto Ricans who have little share with those who have less

Dec 26, 2017 by

Food is scarce and electricity still out in many places, but Puerto Ricans struggling to recover from September’s Hurricane Maria show tenacity, compassion and courage, a Mennonite trauma specialist reported...

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2017 Review: Congo suffering, North American realignment

Dec 18, 2017 by and

While North American Mennonites sped the pace of change in their church structures, Mennonites in the Democratic Republic of Congo dealt with matters of life and death. Ethnic and political violence drove at...

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Virginia man charged with sex crimes on Haiti mission

Dec 18, 2017 by

A Virginia Mennonite man has been arrested and charged with molesting nearly two dozen males under the age of 18 while he worked in missions in Haiti. The Harrisonburg, Va., Daily News-Record reported James...

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Ethiopian church and college continue growing

Dec 11, 2017 by and

The Meserete Kristos Church in Ethiopia continues to grow, increasing by 4.5 percent over the last year to 310,877 baptized members. It is the largest national Anabaptist body in the world. MKC Link Canada...

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Student dies in fall at Iowa Mennonite School

Dec 4, 2017 by and

Gloria Villatoro remembers her 15-year-old niece, Teresa Cardenas, as a cheerful girl who liked to sing, tell jokes and talk all the time. “She was a happy girl who just enjoyed life,” said Villatoro,...

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Mobile app extends prayer book’s global reach

Dec 4, 2017 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — Users in 15 countries across six continents have downloaded a new free mobile app version of Take Our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer Book in the four weeks since its launch on...

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Mennonites join to provide food and shelter in DR Congo

Dec 4, 2017 by and

Displaced people who recently received food and shelter supplies distributed by Mennonite churches in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo have seen unimaginable horrors. Innoncente Ngandu...

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Franconia, Eastern District move to unite

Dec 4, 2017 by and

Franconia Mennonite Conference and Eastern District Conference may unite by November 2019, ending a 170-year separation. At the two Mennonite Church USA conferences’ joint assembly Nov. 3-4 at Dock Mennonite...

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Swiss official offers apology for persecution

Nov 27, 2017 by and

It can’t change the past, but it can impact the future. In surprise comments delivered in early November, a government official in Bern, Switz­erland, requested forgiveness for persecution by the church and...

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Embodying the mystery with theater in church

Nov 27, 2017 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Christians haven’t taken their liturgy to the theater, noted Bethel College campus pastor Peter Goerzen, but maybe they should. Goerzen was opening Bethel’s fourth biennial Worship...

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Paraguayans plead for release of captives

Nov 27, 2017 by and

RIO VERDE, Paraguay — A peace march of historic size and participation took place in September when thousands of conservative Mennonites from surrounding colonies took part in a demonstration in Santa...

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