Interfaith pilgrims

Jun 1, 2020 by and

On Friday afternoons, the corner office at First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana, Ill., looks out on a steady stream of worshipers gathering for prayer. They park at the FMC lot and trek across a busy...

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MWC to lift up creation care

May 4, 2020 by

Mennonite World Conference on April 22 announced the formation of a creation-care task force and the selection of Ethiopia to host the 2027 global assembly. Meeting March 30-April 2 by video conference after...

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Asia, Middle East director to lead Mission Network

May 4, 2020 by

The ​Mennonite Mission Network board of directors on April 21 announced the appointment of Michael J. Sherrill as executive director. An ordained educator, scholar, administrator and leader, Sherrill has...

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Beyond harm and loss

Feb 10, 2020 by

Words of apology and confession last month showed Mennonite Church USA has come a long way ­toward accepting LGBTQ people as equal members of the body of Christ. The apology came from Rebecca Stoltzfus,...

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Forest church combines worship with great outdoors

Nov 18, 2019 by and

While giving a weather report at the beginning of a worship service is usually cliché, on Oct. 20 in Wilmot, Ont., it would have been redundant. Wilmot Forest Church — a new initiative of Burning Bush...

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College and university enrollments mostly down again

Oct 14, 2019 by and

For the second year in a row, nearly every U.S. Mennonite college and university reported lower overall enrollment. Still, higher education institutions and seminaries find reason to be hopeful. Full-time and...

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AMBS provides more details on presidential discernment

Sep 30, 2019 by

The chair of the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary board of directors on Sept. 20 offered additional information about concerns raised about the appointment of David Boshart as president. After announcing...

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AMBS board appoints Boshart fourth president

Sep 11, 2019 by

ELKHART, Ind. — The Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary board of directors announced its appointment of David W. Boshart as the seminary’s next president Sept. 10 at an all-campus meeting. Boshart —...

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AMBS names presidential candidate of choice

Jun 21, 2019 by

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...

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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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A civil rights reunion

Oct 10, 2018 by

While on the faculty of Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., J. Lawrence Burkholder participated in an integration effort on March 31, 1964, in Saint Augustine, Fla., which made headlines in newspapers...

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In shadow of death, Nigerians rely on Bible, prayer

Oct 12, 2015 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — When Obed and Phena Dashan told students and faculty at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary how they feel God’s love surrounding them in spite of facing death every day in their ministry...

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African-American pastors, leaders make connections

May 11, 2015 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — About 30 African-American Mennonite pastors and lay leaders expressed optimism, hope and surprise during a gathering April 24-25 at Mennonite Mission Network and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical...

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Secrecy enabled sin

Mar 30, 2015 by

Few things cause as much damage and pain in the church as secrecy. Hiding information spawns suspicion, distortion and lies. Secrecy fosters an imbalance of power, as those few people in the know can act with...

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AMBS on abuse: ‘We failed you’

Mar 23, 2015 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — For 40 years, women who had been sexually violated by John Howard Yoder were left suffering in silence while the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary professor became one of the most...

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Opinion: Mistakes, regrets, lessons

Mar 2, 2015 by

When the controversy about John Howard Yoder’s sexual conduct resurfaced in 2013, I was mystified. Why was this coming up again? He’s been dead since 1997. He hasn’t been in the employment of a Mennonite...

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Sitting in Bolivia, with MC USA on my mind

Feb 9, 2015 by

I’m in the middle of a sojourn in Bolivia and a long way from the current action percolating around Mennonite Church USA. Our family is scattered over three continents so we’ve been blessed to travel afar....

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Rural churches face unique challenges

Feb 2, 2015 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — Rural congregations are highly attuned to the seasons. While fields lie fallow and winter wheat slumbers, representatives from Midwestern Mennonite Church USA conferences gathered in Kansas...

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Seminary announces service to acknowledge harm from John Howard Yoder actions

Dec 8, 2014 by

ELKHART, Ind. — Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is taking steps to acknowledge responsibility for the harm inflicted by theologian John Howard Yoder’s sexual exploitation of women and for seminary...

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AMBS provides resources for sexuality conversations

Nov 10, 2014 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — A collection of resources for conversations about sexuality is emerging from the work of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary faculty. AMBS President Sara Wenger Shenk emphasizes that...

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Seminary closes one chapter and begins another in Kansas

May 12, 2014 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary will begin a stepped-down level of involvement in central Kansas this summer, continuing to offer some courses while exploring additional ways to...

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Advisory board recommends closing AMBS Kansas site

Feb 19, 2014 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — The Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary–Great Plains Extension advisory board on Jan. 23 recommended closing the extension site on June 30. The AMBS board will take formal action...

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Lecturer explores God’s gender

Feb 17, 2014 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — Does God in the Bible have a body? Does God have gender and sexuality? These were two questions Mark S. Smith, professor of Hebrew and Judaic studies at New York University, asked in this...

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AMBS Pastors Week focuses on biblical vision

Feb 17, 2014 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — The Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary “Fab Five” took on snow and frigid temperatures to help participants to see Jesus at Pastors Week Jan. 27-30. AMBS planners questioned whether...

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Learning to see

Feb 9, 2014 by

Greetings from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind. It’s c-c-c-cold with lots of snow on the ground, but a surprising number of people have shown up for this year’s...

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