West Africans celebrate first credentialed leaders

Feb 18, 2019 by and

Mennonite Church West Africa advanced its mission to establish Anabaptist churches in three nations on the Atlantic coast when it celebrated the ordination of its first credentialed leaders. More than 200...

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Long-delayed exhibit is set to open in Uzbekistan

Feb 18, 2019 by and

A decade after its opening was canceled, a historical exhibit about a band of Mennonites from Ukraine who migrated far eastward in the 1880s to avoid military service and meet Christ’s return will finally go...

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Kreider helped start thriving thrift shop network

Feb 14, 2019 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Lois Kreider, who helped develop the first U.S. Mennonite thrift stores and was among the first Mennonite Central Committee workers in Europe after World War II, died Jan. 31 in North...

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From persecution to reconciliation

Feb 4, 2019 by

SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. — Persecution of Anabaptists in the 16th century by Catholic, Lutheran and Reformed churches created centuries of mutual mistrust and suspicion. In the last 30 years, however, these...

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Amish teachers serve Old Colony schools in Mexico

Feb 4, 2019 by and

Two of the most traditional Anabaptist groups — Old Order Amish and Old Col­ony Mennonites — were only vaguely aware of each other 24 years ago. Since then, they’ve built a relationship of trust based...

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Music leaders test songs for hymnal coming in 2020

Feb 4, 2019 by

MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. — Anticipation for the new Voices Together music and worship collection — which is nearing the end of the research, song-collection and testing phase — was in high gear Jan. 11-13 at...

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Hope rises in Ohio Conference

Feb 4, 2019 by and

In late 2016, Ohio Mennonite Conference regional pastor Cliff Brubaker decided to hit the road and visit every congregation in the conference. He estimates he got to 47 out of 55, most of which are in Ohio,...

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Kansas ministry offers warmth to homeless community

Feb 4, 2019 by and

Yes, there’s a homeless shelter in Hutchinson, Kan., but no, it’s only open at night. That bothered Lois Mast and her daughter Heidi Mast, who recognized the cold can be just as bitter when people are...

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Pennsylvania shootings take lives of Ohio father, son

Jan 30, 2019 by

A series of shootings that killed four people and critically wounded another Jan. 24 in State College, Pa., took the lives of a father and son who were members of Walnut Creek Mennonite Church in Sugarcreek,...

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Evana’s new leader looks for growth, collaboration

Jan 28, 2019 by and

Evana Network’s next executive director foresees the group broadening its tent and continuing a conversation among Mennonites and like-minded Anabap­tists about how to collaborate. The evangelical...

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Pink Menno Grandmother’s activism came naturally

Jan 28, 2019 by and

Ruby Lehman of Harrisonburg, Va., is an 87-year-old retired schoolteacher, member of Park View Mennonite Church, world traveler, mother of four, white-haired extrovert with an easy smile and gay-rights...

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Two faiths’ followers reflect God’s image

Jan 21, 2019 by and

It seemed unlikely that a topic with apparently little common ground — the relationship between humanity and divinity —could serve as a starting point for Christian-Muslim dialogue. Yet it did, with help...

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Church growth stretches Ethiopian resources

Jan 21, 2019 by and

Challenges accompany the joys of growth as tens of thousands of people new to Ethi­o­pia’s Mese­rete Kristos Church swell the denomination. Now with more than 600,000 participants, the world’s largest...

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U.S. MBs discuss women in pastoral ministry

Jan 18, 2019 by and

TEMPE, Ariz. — Enough U.S. Mennonite Brethren want to allow women as lead pastors that they’ve opened an official discussion about it. Recognizing diversity of belief, they want to build unity and...

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Research digs into Ukrainian Mennonites missing and murdered during Soviet era

Jan 14, 2019 by and

Among the lists of those disappeared during the dark times of the 1930s and ’40s in what is now Ukraine, research­ers have found roughly 400 pages of Mennonite names, with five or six names per page. That...

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A quilter’s legacy of generosity

Jan 14, 2019 by and

Emma Jean Landis saw a need and found a way to fill it. She was just that kind of person. One of the many ways the late Tunkhannock, Pa., resident did so was by quilting and making comforters for Mennonite...

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Ukrainians witness amid suffering, hope

Jan 7, 2019 by and

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — In a region that thousands of Mennonites left generations ago, two dozen of today’s Mennonite leaders from across Europe gathered for three days of fellowship in October. Hosted by...

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Vision for Anabaptist online curriculum springs forth

Jan 7, 2019 by and

NEWTON, Kan. — A couple of months after the 2017 wheat harvest, Carol Duerksen imagined a different kind of harvest, one that could yield a crop of Anabaptist online curriculum that was cost-effective and...

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Germantown becomes sanctuary

Dec 28, 2018 by and

Another congregation has joined the ranks of Mennonite churches publicly giving sanctuary to individuals facing U.S. deportation orders. Germantown Mennonite Church in Philadelphia welcomed Carmela Apolonio...

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Realigned, rebranded: 2018 year in review

Dec 28, 2018 by and

For years, North American Ana­baptists have been realigning — breaking old affiliations, forging new relationships, revising church structures to fit changing times. In 2018, two conferences tried a new...

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What child is this?

Dec 21, 2018 by and

What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping, whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping? — Hymnal: A Worship Book, No. 215; text by William C. Dix,...

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Congo violence diminishes; international aid continues

Dec 17, 2018 by , and

TSHIKAPA, Congo — Violence in the Kasaï region has diminished during the past year, but the economic struggles that inspired the fighting persist. An alliance of international Anabaptist organizations...

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Congolese army officer arrested in U.N. murders case

Dec 17, 2018 by

A Congolese army colonel has been arrested in connection to the death of a Mennonite United Nations investigator. Michael J. Sharp and fellow U.N. sanctions monitor Zaida Catalán of Sweden were abducted and...

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Martyr memorial dedicated

Dec 17, 2018 by and

Braving frigid winds and a temperature below the freezing point, about 100 people gathered Nov. 10 at Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, Man., to dedicate a statue honoring an Anabaptist martyr defined...

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Oregon school drops ‘Mennonite’ from name

Dec 10, 2018 by and

Western Mennonite School near West Salem, Ore., changed its name to Western Christian School over the summer to better reflect a student body with few Mennonite students. Though there is an Anabaptist...

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