Grace connects students at Lithuanian university

Aug 4, 2014 by and

Alisha and Joshua Garber infuse two Anabaptist values — hospitality and reconciliation — into the lives of their students at LCC International University in Lithuania. The Garbers, mission associates with...

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Three churches leave Virginia Conference

Aug 4, 2014 by and

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Three congregations formally left Mennonite Church USA’s Virginia Conference July 25 when delegates at the annual assembly passed motions to release them. New Beginnings Church in...

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Find our own peace

Aug 4, 2014 by

As a physician, I am surrounded by scientists who question how an intelligent person can believe the Bible. My consistent response is that I make one leap of faith: I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of...

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Opinion: New word for Spirit’s age

Aug 4, 2014 by

Jesus said, “It hath been said . . . but I say to you . . .” With six examples he tells us that some scripture and tradition will not apply in the age of the Spirit (Matt. 5:21-44). Many times since these...

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MCC responds to violence in Gaza

Aug 4, 2014 by

During the second week of the Israel-Hamas conflict in mid-July, a Mennonite Central Committee partner began assisting families in Gaza. Longtime partner Al Najd Development Forum distributed locally purchased...

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Between horizons

Aug 4, 2014 by

“It’s time to study sexuality” might not be everyone’s favorite thing to hear in church. But it could be what Mennonite Church USA needs. And the denomination wouldn’t be alone. Mennonite Church...

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Contraception ruling

Aug 4, 2014 by

The Hahn family, owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties, reportedly have the sincerely held, even if scientifically erroneous, belief that certain contraceptives cause abortion. Other Mennonites have similar...

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Anabaptist message grows in Venezuela

Aug 4, 2014 by and

Excitement for the Anabaptist message is increasing in Vene­zuela, and the Mennonite seminary there is helping to teach people about Mennonite beliefs and values. Support from the Seminario Biblico Menonita...

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Friend of homeless?

Aug 4, 2014 by

A verse of Scripture has been haunting me. I hear it as an indictment of an aspect of my personal life. It was read and preached on during Sunday worship in February. Then I found it in the unifying passage of...

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Three questions for MC Canada

Aug 4, 2014 by

Delegates at the Mennonite Church Canada assembly July 3-6 in Winnipeg, Man., approved a set of questions for denomination-wide discussion over the next two years. The questions are part of the Being a...

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MCC canned meat eases hardship in Burundi

Aug 4, 2014 by and

Faida Alex’s family’s roots are in Burundi, but until late 2012 the 22-year-old had never lived there. In 1972, long before he was born, his parents left Burundi due to turmoil in the country. They landed...

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Dealing with variance

Aug 4, 2014 by

When our church invited young people to preach while our pastor was on sabbatical, one issue that came through loud and clear was frustration with the church’s focus on whom to discipline rather than...

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The gates are open

Aug 4, 2014 by

A few months ago I went on retreat with the Kairos School of Spiritual Formation in Eastern Pennsylvania. Kairos has an office in Lancaster, Pa., while holding many of its classes and retreats at the Jesuit...

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Reconciliation among cracked clay pots

Aug 4, 2014 by

The text for Aug. 10 is a good example of what happens when we read other people’s mail. We can barely figure out what is going on — except that Paul is falling all over himself to reconcile with his...

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EMM Global Fair serves up a feast of cultures

Aug 4, 2014 by and

SALUNGA, Pa. — Nestled among the buildings of the oldest homestead in Lancaster County on July 12 were international flags, girls trying on chadars and the aroma of osh cooking over an open fire. The...

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Still a place of storm

Aug 4, 2014 by

In July I traveled with a group of four Eastern Mennonite Seminary students to bear witness to Mennonite Central Committee’s ministry of presence in New Orleans, now nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina...

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What is the church doing for young adults?

Aug 4, 2014 by and

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A question repeated in the church today is: Why don’t young adults go to church? But that might not be the right question, according to Lana Miller, campus pastor at Eastern...

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Humanity at the border

Aug 4, 2014 by

Now is the time to harness Christian support for immigration justice and meet the increasingly desperate need at the U.S. and Mexico border. Since October, 52,000 unaccompanied children from Central America...

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MCC responds to immigrant crisis

Aug 1, 2014 by and

With an unprecedented number of Central American families fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries and arriving at the U.S. border, Mennonite Central Committee has committed $30,000 to an initial...

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Upland Peace Church grafts cultures together

Jul 28, 2014 by and

UPLAND, Calif. — Grafting is the process of joining new branches to old rootstock in the hopes of making a strong and unified hybrid. It’s work, but the abundant fruit that can result from a successful...

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Countdown to reunion

Jul 28, 2014 by and

The worldwide Anabaptist family reunion will come to the eastern U.S. next summer for the first time in Mennonite World Conference’s 90-year history. U.S. Mennonites and Brethren in Christ are inviting...

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MDS inspires gift of old farm

Jul 28, 2014 by and

PHILADELPHIA — When Kevin King answered the phone in Mennonite Central Committee’s constituency ministries department one day in the early 1990s, he heard a surprising pronouncement. “ ‘We’re the...

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