MDS staff visit site of church burning in North Carolina

Aug 17, 2015 by and

A Mennonite Disaster Service staff member and the MDS Region I director visited Briar Creek Road Baptist Church near Charlotte, N.C., July 29 to assess the needs for support in rebuilding a burned building on...

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Finding God’s presence within the decay

Aug 17, 2015 by

More than a few people are surprised that I genuinely love working with compost. Sure, it smells bad sometimes and is occasionally slimy when it gets out of balance. But I enjoy being part of creating fresh,...

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Opinion: Surge of momentum halted

Aug 17, 2015 by and

Last month, Mennonite Church USA convention delegates delayed voting for two years on a resolution proposed by the Mennonite Palestine Israel Network calling for “withdrawing investments from corporations...

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Kansas City church offers building, resources for Freedom School

Aug 17, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It’s hard for Rachel Hostetler to pick a favorite story from her seven years with Freedom School, a six-­week, full-­day summer enrichment program held at Rainbow Mennonite...

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Ungodly conference

Aug 17, 2015 by

I found the Mennonite USA Convention to be very sad. I saw people crying out for acceptance and unity but not prepared to do anything about it personally. I was hurt to see that so many people fear breaking...

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To hell with the pigs!

Aug 17, 2015 by

Jesus asked the man possessed, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. They begged Jesus not to order them to go back into the abyss. Now there on the hillside a large...

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Educators gather for global conference

Aug 17, 2015 by and

LANSDALE, Pa. — Anabaptist educators and leaders from 13 countries have formed a network. The group met before the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Pennsylvania. Under the theme, “Like a Tree...

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Refiner’s fire, heaven’s floodgates

Aug 17, 2015 by

Zechariah continues the prophetic theme. Israel has been hypocritical in its religious practices. It has fasted and feasted for selfish purposes. Through Zechariah, God calls for heart integrity and right...

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Moral failures of the ‘good war’

Aug 17, 2015 by

In The Good War That Wasn’t — And Why It Matters: World War II’s Moral Legacy, Ted Grimsrud attempts to prove that American involvement in the war was unnecessary and unjust, that tactics employed were...

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Building connections with Jews is in season

Aug 17, 2015 by

The Jewish high holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are soon upon us. I grew up celebrating these days of the Jewish calendar because my mom worked for a Jewish-owned business and had these days off of...

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Lancaster’s proposal

Aug 17, 2015 by

As a member of Lancaster Mennonite Conference, I object to the Bishop Board’s proposal to remove LMC from Mennonite Church USA. LMC congregations already have the unprecedented ability to be part of LMC but...

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Silent on abortion

Aug 17, 2015 by

I enjoyed a wonderful day at the Mennonite World Conference assembly, but something was missing. I searched the program, reviewed the workshops, read What We Believe Together. I listened to three of the 15...

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Saint Dorothy

Aug 17, 2015 by

I would like to nominate Dorothy Day as a patron saint of American Anabaptism. This statement will likely elicit a few “amens” but also a few raised eyebrows. How can Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker...

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Survey shows pastors’ financial concerns

Aug 17, 2015 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Half of Mennonite pastors have some level of concern about their personal finances, according to an Everence survey. The survey shows 25 percent have concerns about meeting their financial...

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More than before

Aug 17, 2015 by

We live in a postdenominational time. Historic Christian brand names don’t inspire the loyalty they used to. People don’t care so much whether a church is Mennonite or Methodist or Baptist. In the spirit...

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Global MCC program aids underserved in N. America

Aug 17, 2015 by and

SASKATOON, Sask. — A group of kids wiggle their way through the doors of Floating Gardens Ltd. and spill into the entry. They take off their shoes and slip into rubber ones designated safe for the...

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Staying radical

Aug 17, 2015 by

Poet Jeff Gundy offered a workshop on Mennonite writing during Mennonite World Conference’s assembly. Tucked away in a hard-to-find, overcrowded room overlooking youth playing basketball in a gym, a...

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Doukhobor wisdom

Aug 17, 2015 by

For Mennonites on the Canadian prairies, the late 19th century is a significant time. That’s when the first wave of Mennonite immigrants came to Manitoba. But they weren’t the only pacifist group to come...

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MC USA leaders respond to area conferences considering departure

Aug 12, 2015 by

ELKHART, Ind. — The executive committee of the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA sent letters Aug. 4 to North Central Conference and Lancaster Mennonite Conference, expressing a commitment to pray for...

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In Lancaster proposal, some look for options

Aug 12, 2015 by and

Although Lancaster Mennonite Conference bishops last month unanimously proposed that Lancaster withdraw from Mennonite Church USA, they do not all agree the conference should leave. One who wants MC USA’s...

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North Americans, Africans weigh partnerships’ strengths, weaknesses

Aug 10, 2015 by , and

GOSHEN, Ind. — Mission partnerships got a report card July 13, and the grade wasn’t always an “A.” Nearly 40 mission practitioners gathered at Silverwood Mennonite Church to discuss best practices for...

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Garifuna’s faithful growing fast

Aug 10, 2015 by and

COROZAL, Honduras — When 30 Garifuna believers gathered for encouragement and inspiration 25 years ago, they were the only Christians from that ethnic group that Eastern Mennonite Missions workers knew...

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With addition, world membership rises

Aug 10, 2015 by and

The Anabaptist family is growing, both in terms of additions by members and the new inclusion of the Church of the Brethren in Mennonite World Conference’s global directory. The latest MWC census counts...

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