Peace gathering builds partnerships

Jul 29, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jason Boone, Mennonite Mission Network minister for peace and justice, believes 21st-century peacemaking is not about leaders setting the agenda. Rather, it’s about people in the...

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Offering sanctuary, churches put words into practice

Jul 29, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As delegates passed a “Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants” at the Mennonite Church USA convention July 6 (page 11), congregations and organizations shared ways they...

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Former Haiti worker pleads not guilty to Ohio charges

Jul 22, 2019 by

Jeriah Mast, a former worker with the Anabaptist relief agency Christian Aid Minis­tries, pleaded not guilty to charges related to sexual abuse at his July 3 arraignment in Holmes County Common Pleas Court...

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Seminars get political with calls to care for others

Jul 22, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While some may avoid politics at a family reunion, several pastors faced the issue directly on the Fourth of July at the Mennonite Church USA convention. Many preachers are called to...

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Youthful authenticity

Jul 22, 2019 by

The church is in decline. Statistically, it’s inarguable. But researchers who presented their findings at the Mennonite Church USA convention said the denomination is positioned to turn the trend around, if...

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Suffer each other

Jul 22, 2019 by

Returning to Kansas City, Mo., four years after a contentious convention, members of Mennonite Church USA remarked how much had changed. There was the size of the crowd: 4,680 at the 2015 assembly; 2,839 this...

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Shining the light

Jul 22, 2019 by

The June 24 issue had a number of positive stories that suggest there are churches that take Jesus’ commands seriously. To illustrate: a church offers a syringe exchange; a church wipes out millions of...

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Activist women

Jul 22, 2019 by

Our neighbor in Philadelphia grew up in Wolf Point, Mont. Over dinner in their home recently, he told us a story of how women from the Mennonite community organized themselves to put pressure on his town’s...

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Bible: In shared lives, your God is mine

Jul 22, 2019 by

One of the greatest stories of friendship in the Old Testament, a story of choosing God through friendship, comes to us in the Book of Ruth. It is the story of a pagan from Moab who decides to join her life to...

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Book review: Unraptured

Jul 22, 2019 by

The first thing you notice when you pick up Unraptured: How End Times Theology Gets It Wrong, is that Rachel Held Evans wrote the foreword. Her recent death, and the hole that leaves in the Christian...

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Kraybill: Ark encounters modern science

Jul 22, 2019 by

Noah’s ark now rests in Wil­liams­town, Ky. Or rather, a $100 million “Ark Encount­er” building shaped like the biblical boat has attracted millions since opening there in 2016. The 510-foot-long...

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Kennel-Shank: A list for the time that’s left

Jul 22, 2019 by

This month I celebrated my 36th birthday. If the average U.S. life expectancy is a useful measure of what to plan for — it’s currently 78 years — I am nearing the midpoint. This has prompted reflection...

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MMN executive director announces retirement

Jul 22, 2019 by

ELKHART, Ind. — Stanley W. Green, who has served 19 years as executive director of Mennonite Mission Network, will retire at the end of July 2020. The MMN board of directors announced Green’s decision at...

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A green wedding

Jul 22, 2019 by

What do you do if you are committed environmentalists who plan to get married? Have a green wedding, of course. That’s what Winnipeggers Bethany Daman and Sasha Schellenberg are doing. The couple, graduates...

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Breathing shared air

Jul 22, 2019 by

Mennonite Church USA’s MennoCon19 at Kansas City, Mo., was a reminder of who is still in the room after about a third of the denomination has exited. MC USA has weathered a difficult transition with the...

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MC USA seeks Spirit-filled revival

Jul 15, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The executive director sang a ’90s grunge rock song. A Bible study on Ephesians packed enough input for a month of Sundays. Teenagers and adults worshiped together with traditional hymns...

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