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‘500-year-old Bible study’ resumes

By and on Jun 24, 2019 in Featured, Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Mennonite representatives John D. Roth, César García and Thomas Yoder Neufeld and Reformed pastor Peter Detwiller cross the Limmat River in Zurich, Switzerland, to visit Reformed and Anabaptist sites. — J. Nelson Kraybill/MWC

ZURICH, Switzerland — Five centuries after Swiss reformer Ulrich Zwingli suggested Anabaptists be “cast to the ravens,” Anabaptists from Mennonite World Conference are joining spiritual descendants of Zwingli from the World Communion of Reformed Churches for a series of conversations to culminate in 2025. They will review what divided the two groups in the 16th century and identify ways the churches can reconcile and collaborate today. “Reformed and Anabaptist are branches from the same tree,” said Hanspeter Jecker, a Mennonite...

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Absolute, not extreme

By on Jun 24, 2019 in Latest Issue, Letters | 0 comments

I appreciated the “Pro-life peacemakers” editorial. I am a retired 90-year-old physician who interned at Cook County Hospital in the early 1960s — before Roe v. Wade. Even though abortion was illegal, the hospital devoted an entire ward for desperate women (mostly poor) with medical problems from an abortion attempt. Abortion remains controversial. Many pro-life proponents view this as a moral issue and feel there should be few or no exceptions. Pro-choice advocates view abortion as the lesser dilemma of carrying an unwanted pregnancy...

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Oregon beginnings

By on Jun 24, 2019 in Latest Issue, Letters | 0 comments

We read with fascination Rich Preheim’s article on West Coast Mennonite church beginnings (History, May 27). We are most familiar with the Oregon story and Zion Mennonite Church of Hubbard, as this is our home congregation. Our question is the date of 1903. Zion’s written records begin with minutes dating from July 1893 identifying as an Amish Mennonite Church, taking the name Fir Grove and making the decision to build a church building at that site. Prior to this the group met in homes but with a church building meeting weekly for Sunday...

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It’s better to receive

By on Jun 24, 2019 in Latest Issue, Letters | 0 comments

Thank you for Melessa Florer-Bixler’s “Literal, Symbolic — or Both?” (Bible, May 27). Having grown up in the Mennonite Church, I can easily identify with her dilemma. Two additional resources are Common Roots: A Call to Evangelical Maturity by Robert E. Webber and Peter Kreeft’s recently published Symbol or Substance. My lifelong interest in worship and church history led me some years ago to appreciate more liturgical forms of worship. The church did not begin in the 16th century. Many of us could profit from a greater...

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Mission worker accused of abusing minors in Haiti

By on Jun 22, 2019 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

A Christian Aid Ministries worker has been accused of sexually abusing minors in Haiti after he left the country for the U.S. amid the allegations. CAM also faces a civil claim alleging it knew of similar allegations in the worker’s past for years. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Haitian court documents allege Jeriah Mast of Holmes County, Ohio, is accused of sexually abusing five boys. Brucely Delma, pastor of a church in Petit-Goave, told the Post-Gazette Mast worked at Delma’s church and its school between 2008 and 2010. Delma said...

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AMBS names presidential candidate of choice

By on Jun 21, 2019 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Boshart

ELKHART, Ind. — The Ana­baptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary presidential search committee on June 10 announced David W. Boshart of Wellman, Iowa, as its candidate of choice as the seminary’s next president. Sara Wenger Shenk, who has served as president since 2010, will retire June 30. Boshart visited campus June 17-18 to participate in meetings with faculty, staff, students and administration. The search committee is reviewing feedback received during the visit to present a final recommendation to the AMBS board of directors by the end...

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Winnipeg coffee shop a training ground for youth

By on Jun 17, 2019 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Sam’s Place is “a business, a nonprofit, a ministry, a social enterprise that seeks to make a difference for youth,” says manager Alison Green­slade. — John Longhurst

WINNIPEG, Man. — It’s the morning lull at Sam’s Place, the time between the opening rush for coffee and the lunch crowd. There are about a half-dozen people in the coffee shop, café and used bookstore, owned and operated by Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba. Two women are having a meeting, a student is studying, one or two people are browsing the books, a mother and child are playing in the games area. At the counter is Rachel Braun, making a coffee for a customer. The 14-year-old isn’t an employee, though; she’s a volunteer. And...

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MDS stretches to keep up as severe weather strikes

By and on Jun 17, 2019 in Featured, Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers clean up damage from an EF-1 tornado that hit Pendleton, Ind., May 27. About 75 homes were damaged by the storm, which sustained winds of about 100 mph and advanced into Ohio, where it and other storms caused 5 million people to lose power. — Darin Bontrager/MDS

From tornadoes and hurricanes to rain that seemed to fall for 40 days and 40 nights, many areas experienced severe weather in the first half of 2019. Mennonite Disaster Service is tracking it all and investigating how to help in both the short and long terms. MDS has been coordinating local responses to flooding in South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma. “In these types of responses you don’t mobilize and set up a camp like a traditional project; it’s drive-in type things,” said Jeff Koller, a regional operations coordinator for the...

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MCC, MDS promote healing with indigenous Canadians

By , and on Jun 17, 2019 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

At the New Hamburg (Ont.) Mennonite Relief Sale, representatives of Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Disaster Service and the Woodland Cultural Centre signed an agreement to work together on the Save the Evidence Project. From left are John Head, executive director of MCC Ontario, Nick Hamm, Ontario unit chair of MDS Canada, and Carley Gallant-Jenkins, outreach coordinator of the Woodland Cultural Centre. — Jesse Bergen/MCC

BRANTFORD, Ont. — How do you repair a disaster 142 years in the making? For Mennonite Disaster Service Canada and Mennonite Central Committee, it will happen one desk, one table and one bench at a time. This summer, the two organizations will work together with the Woodland Cultural Centre to help in the restoration of the former Mohawk Residential School in Brantford. “It’s not a typical MDS disaster response,” said Nick Hamm, chair of the Ontario unit. “But residential schools were a disaster for Canada’s indigenous...

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Pennsylvania church gets a charge out of creation care

By on Jun 17, 2019 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

A group from East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church celebrates the charging stations going live. In the foreground is Brandon Hol­linger’s 1968 Saab, converted to electric power. — East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church

LANCASTER, Pa. — About 15 years ago, a Sunday school class discussion at East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church led to an initiative that is still reverberating today. In the church’s parking lot, two new electric vehicle charging stations are the latest outcomes of the brainstorming that created a committee and a formula for funding the congregation’s care for creation. The class was working its way through MennoMedia’s Second Mile: A Peace Journey for Congregations curriculum when the idea of moving beyond individual lifestyle...

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