3,400 register for MWC so far

Apr 13, 2015 by

By mid-March, Mennonite World Conference assembly registrants totaled about 3,400 people from 66 countries. Registrants for the event July 21-26 in Harrisburg, Pa., represent 18 African countries, 15 Asian...

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Writing conference goes west for a changed landscape

Apr 13, 2015 by

FRESNO, Calif. — A major aspect of the latest Mennonite/s Writing conference, which took place March 12-15 on the campus of Fresno Pacific University, was changed landscapes, both literal and...

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Discerning spirit

Apr 13, 2015 by

The rest of the world makes decisions, but the church discerns. If that were just a choice of words, it wouldn’t be important. But Ruth Haley Barton believes the difference goes much deeper. To discern is to...

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Tour gives choir member a chance to share his city

Apr 13, 2015 by and

Steven Davis is learning a new way of life — and of singing — since coming to Goshen (Ind.) College last fall from New Orleans. With the beat of southern gospel in his blood, Davis is learning the more...

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A moment of truth

Apr 13, 2015 by

In 1985, black South African theologians released the Kairos Document, a condemnation of Christian support for apartheid policies. In December 2009, Palestinian Christian leaders issued Kairos Palestine. The...

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Labor, love connect faith communities

Apr 13, 2015 by and

The power of Hurricane Katrina to ravage Gladier Dalton’s New Orleans church in 2005 was no match for the power of hammers and friendship to restore new hope. In 2014, College Mennonite Church in Goshen,...

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Faith and science, hand in hand

Apr 13, 2015 by

The scientific revolution in the Renaissance-Reformation era led to severe tensions — and sometimes warfare — between religion and science. The new enthusiasm for science, along with other developments,...

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Our stuff tells our story

Apr 13, 2015 by

Ah, stuff. There’s nothing quite like moving a household to spark thoughts on what it means in our culture and our tradition to have possessions and try to live faithfully with them. Except this time my...

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Digital disagreements

Apr 13, 2015 by

During the height of public reaction to the passage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, The Indianapolis Star ran a front-page editorial, “Fix This Now,” that asked for social media response...

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Refusing to fight the culture war

Apr 13, 2015 by

The Mennonite Church USA credentialed leaders survey has opened a conversation that research coordinator Conrad Kanagy says highlights a growing divide. Kanagy sees homosexuality as a proxy issue that brings...

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Present at the end

Apr 13, 2015 by

Nobody should die alone. That’s the commitment made by Donwood Manor Personal Care Home in Winnipeg. Donwood, which is owned by eight Mennonite Brethren churches in the city, made that commitment after...

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Short letters about church fights

Apr 13, 2015 by

When did you last read 2 John? The shortest document in our New Testament begins in the typical form of a Greco-Roman letter: the sender, the receiver and the greeting. However, the greeting is specifically...

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Saving black lives

Apr 13, 2015 by

John Powell’s column, “Lives That Matter” (March 16), reflects his experience as an African-American in a society with a long history of racial injustice, which, as he suggests, continues. However, his...

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Hesston expands nursing program to bachelor’s degree

Apr 13, 2015 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — Hesston College received approval from the Kansas State Board of Nursing March 25 to launch a bachelor of science in nursing program starting with the 2015-16 year. The introduction of the...

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Testimony: Sunday school shines

Apr 13, 2015 by

MennoMedia’s new Shine Sunday school curriculum for children is praiseworthy: easy to plan, easy to teach and committed to deep and simple truths that stick with me all week long. I commute 45 minutes to...

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Simple is peaceful

Apr 13, 2015 by

When would it be right for an enemy nation to murder your family? If never, how can it be right for the U.S. to murder anyone else’s family? I oppose all war, so for me to pay federal income tax to train...

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Canadian MB response to same-sex wedding: it wasn’t us

Apr 13, 2015 by

Canadian Mennonite Brethren leaders needed to clear up confusion about whether their denomination was involved in a same-sex wedding. Responding to numerous inquiries, the leaders, Willy Reimer and Brian...

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Opinion: Chasm between ‘plain’ and ‘liberal’

Apr 13, 2015 by

I attended parts of the Ana­baptist Identity Conference (“Conservative Anabaptists Reject Fundamentalism”). I had not been aware of these conferences, which have been occurring for some time. Such is the...

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Rare Russian Mennonite photos to see new life

Apr 6, 2015 by and

A collection of photos depicting Mennonite life in Southern Russia (present-day Ukraine) at the turn of the 20th century — a pinnacle quickly wiped out by the Bolshevik Revolution — should find its way...

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Bible study series adds female voices

Apr 6, 2015 by and

Female writers have a voice for the first time in a decades-long project to publish commentaries on the entire Bible. MennoMedia on Feb. 9 released Lamentations, Song of Songs, the 27th volume of its Believers...

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California churches assist with Ukrainian relief

Apr 6, 2015 by

Mennonite Brethren in Fresno, Calif., are responding to conflict and suffering in Ukraine by partnering with Ukrainian MB congregations for ministry in the country’s war zone. Conversations between...

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MC USA council endorses unity statement

Mar 30, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Conservative, progressive or a call for unity and tolerance? That was the question for the Mennonite Church USA Constituency Leaders Council as its members weighed three proposed...

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