California sale billed as celebration

Jan 13, 2020 by and

After 52 years, the West Coast Mennonite Relief Sale is switching gears and billing itself as a celebration. A celebration without “Mennonite” in the name. Although its legal incorporated name is staying...

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Storm destroys Congo churches

Jan 13, 2020 by and

Thirty-five buildings on the Mennonite mission station, including the oldest central Mennonite church, were destroyed when wind and torrential rain ripped through Ndjoko Punda, Democratic Republic of Congo,...

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Mission leader saw dreams for global church realized

Jan 13, 2020 by , and

Richard A. Showalter lived to see his dreams for the global Anabaptist church come true. “It seemed that all I had ever dreamed, and more, began to appear before my eyes,” he wrote in his final Missionary...

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Chinese church faithful for 30 years in Alberta

Jan 6, 2020 by and

EDMONTON, Alta. — Each week, a little band of disciples known as Edmonton Christian Life Community Church meets at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where many homeless people congregate. The...

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Great Winter Warm-up opens MCC centennial activities

Jan 6, 2020 by and

Throughout 2020, Mennonite Central Committee is inviting supporters to celebrate its centennial with commemorative events, comforter making, giving opportunities, storytelling and more. Activities begin Jan....

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Goshen, AMBS professor inspired many for peace

Jan 6, 2020 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — John Richard (J.R.) Burkholder, 91, a college and seminary professor whose work spanned and influenced dramatic changes in 20th-century Mennonite peace theology and ecumenical engagements,...

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MB leader charged, withdraws from international role

Dec 30, 2019 by and

After being charged for alleged solicitation of prostitution in January 2019 in Fresno, Calif., a Mennonite Brethren leader resigned from a conference leadership position and withdrew from another. Gary Wall,...

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Getting together again: 2019 year in review

Dec 30, 2019 by and

Reconnection and revival led Mennonite news in 2019. Conferences reconciled, leaders traveled overseas to renew historic ties, and Mennonite Church USA sought an infusion of Spirit-filled life. Reconciliation...

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Renamed USMB North Carolina District eyes entire East Coast

Dec 30, 2019 by

The Mennonite Brethren North Carolina District Conference celebrated a name change, which highlights the potential for growth, at its annual convention. Two years ago, the district voted to change its name to...

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Muslims help to build a church in Burkina Faso

Dec 30, 2019 by

BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso — The Mennonite church in Burkina Faso has grown both physically and relationally over a decade, and the newest church is being built by Christians and Muslims working...

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The Word of God in all its pages

Dec 23, 2019 by and

Recently I received a letter from a child I sponsor who lives in a small village half a world away. He told me his family are goat herders and his favorite food is maize. He asked me what I like to eat and...

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German prize honors activists in DR Congo

Dec 23, 2019 by

BAMMENTAL, Germany — The German Mennonite Peace Committee’s 2020 Michael Sattler Peace Prize will go to a group of nonviolent activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Under the name LUCHA, the group...

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‘Mom Squad’ works behind the scenes on new hymnal

Dec 23, 2019 by and

HARRISONBURG, VA — When some of the people working on the forthcoming Voices Together hymnal needed help with a big task, they called their moms. The task was daunting: The committee researching and...

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New Christmas tradition in Mexico

Dec 23, 2019 by and

Mennonites in Mexico are promoting a bright new Christmas tradition — one born of somber origins. The “Parade of Lights,” a nighttime procession of decorated vehicles and holiday party that took place on...

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Candidates petitioned on military spending

Dec 23, 2019 by

Mennonites were among more than 30 faith groups signing a joint letter Dec. 9 urging U.S. presidential candidates to reduce military spending. The letter says the “federal budget’s increasingly distorted...

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Goshen’s Christmas celebration to air in three states

Dec 20, 2019 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Residents of Indiana, Michigan and Kansas will have opportunities to enjoy Goshen College’s “A Festival of Carols,” an annual musical celebration of the holiday season, on public...

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Heritage wheat comes to Menno’s home

Dec 16, 2019 by , and

WITMARSUM, Netherlands — Every time Mennonites of European ancestry moved, they looked for new land to sustain life, usually by growing grain. The journey of grain is thus a symbol of Mennonite treks. A...

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Indonesian’s art places everything under Christ’s reign

Dec 16, 2019 by and

JEPARA, Indonesia — Harjo Suyitno uses a traditional Indonesian art form to portray the concept that everything in the world is under the authority of Christ. His wood carving at the Mennonite church in...

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CMC magazine going out of print

Dec 16, 2019 by

Another Mennonite denominational publication is ending. Beacon, the monthly magazine of CMC, is going out of print at the end of the year. The CMC Publication and Literature Committee made the announcement in...

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Kratz plays for U.S. team in Japan

Dec 9, 2019 by and

After Major League Baseball’s regular season ended, Erik Kratz played fall baseball in a different kind of world series. Representing Team USA as the starting catcher, Kratz was part of an effort that came...

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Fond farewell to the blue hymnal

Dec 9, 2019 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Over the span of a single weekend, Sean Goerzen sang or played every hymn in Hymnal: A Worship Book. All 658 of them. “I feel like I know the hymnal in a very intimate way now,” he said...

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U.S. MBs submit letter to national service commission

Dec 9, 2019 by

The U.S. Conferences of Mennonite Brethren Churches submitted a letter on Nov. 8 to the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service, affirming “many of the convictions” that other...

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Cowboy church reaches ranching culture

Dec 2, 2019 by and

It was Saturday afternoon of the rodeo. Stan Norman climbed into the bull pen, baptizing two bull riders in a stock tank surrounded by the largest bulls and broncs. “All I asked the bull riders was they...

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Bethel avoids probation, accreditation ‘on notice’

Dec 2, 2019 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Bethel College avoided probation in November when it learned its accrediting body chose instead to put the college “on notice” due to concerns about its financial health and...

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MDS to respond to hurricane in Bahamas

Dec 2, 2019 by and

For Mennonite Disaster Service executive director Kevin King, the destruction left behind in the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian was unbelievable. “As far as one could see, everything was destroyed or...

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