Where does Villages fit in today’s fair-trade landscape?

Feb 10, 2020 by and

Although Ten Thousand Villages Canada is ceasing operations after years of declining sales, its fair-trade mission will continue in a variety of ways. Ten Thousand Villages Canada announced on Jan. 21 the...

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Open letter to Jeff Bezos: Amazon or Anabaptist?

Jul 17, 2018 by

Dear Mr. Bezos, The opposition of Amazon (hereafter referred to as “your company”) to a tax law to help the homeless in Seattle was the last straw. Let me explain. After your company stopped construction...

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Agriculture firm, village church thrive together in Siberia

Jul 2, 2018 by and

GVARDEYSK, Russia — An economic miracle is underway in a western Siberian village founded in 1911 by Mennonite settlers from Ukraine. Two men around the age of 40, Jakob Dirksen and David Epp, have created a...

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Coffee venture seeks to caffeinate Mennonite identity

Mar 5, 2018 by and

True evangelical coffee cannot lie dormant. With every batch of beans he roasts, Tim Unruh of Hillsboro, Kan., is putting his faith into practice. His product — Menno Beans — is a reflection not just of...

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Menno Tea expands with Pennsylvania farm, cafe

Aug 1, 2016 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — Menno Tea co-founders Hans Weaver and Niles Graber Alvarez are returning to their roots this summer with the grand opening of the Menno Tea Mint Farming Cafe in Bird-in-Hand, Pa. Inspired by a...

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On not being anti-Trump

Jun 2, 2016 by and

During the past winter and spring, we have had conversations with Amish and Mennonite neighbors regarding the U.S. presidential candidates. Although our denominational press seems almost unanimous in its...

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In a thrifty trend, Virginia MCC store expands

Apr 11, 2016 by and

The Mennonite Central Committee thrift shop in Harrisonburg, Va., is doing so much business it is investing in a $3.8 million expansion. Deb King is general manager of Gift and Thrift Shop Inc., an...

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Ontario business closes after workers vote to unionize

Aug 31, 2015 by and

Citing Mennonite teachings against involvement with unions, the owner of an Ontario woodworking business has ceased operations after a majority of employees voted to unionize. Leon Gingrich, president of...

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