New normal for Jacob, and for us

Jul 8, 2020 by

The world is going through a crisis that will change us. We’re not sure things will ever again be normal as we have known it. Yet, like Jacob in the Old Testament, we know God will be with us in our changing...

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Handwashing stations promote health in crowded slum

Jul 6, 2020 by and

NAIROBI, Kenya — Mathare settlement isn’t an easy place to stay clean and healthy on an ordinary day, so preventing COVID-19 from infecting people in a crowded slum of Nairobi is a challenge. Most of the...

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Kennel-Shank: Once more, gratefully

Jun 29, 2020 by

Time has been slippery lately. These days, weeks and months of the pandemic slide together, though punctuated with dramatic moments: the loss of jobs, the deaths of loved ones, the deaths that hospital workers...

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African American group urges denomination to address racial injustice

Jun 29, 2020 by

The African American Mennonite Association called upon fellow Mennonite Church USA congregations, which are predominately white, to be involved in healing and reconciliation amid the protests that erupted...

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Voices (still) Together?

Jun 29, 2020 by and

The health risks of group singing due to COVID-19 bring unique meaning to the ­title of a new Mennonite hymnal set to launch as many churches across the United States and Canada remain uncertain what worship...

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MCC U.S. executive director transition planned in October

Jun 29, 2020 by and

Leadership of Mennonite Central Committee U.S. will transition in October as J Ron Byler retires as executive director and current associate executive director Ann Graber Hershberger moves into the role. The...

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Relief sales succeed without main event

Jun 29, 2020 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — COVID-19 stopped the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale’s main event, but it couldn’t stop people from coming together to support Mennonite Central Committee. They’ve already raised...

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Longhurst: Now there are fewer sacred cows

Jun 29, 2020 by

Plummeting donations, program cutbacks, and staff layoffs — that’s the finding of a new survey of 2,630 Canadian churches and ministries about the impact of the pandemic. Sponsored by the Canadian Council...

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Concrete actions bring Argentina reconciliation to life

Jun 22, 2020 by and

Inspired by a series of dialogues that began last year in Switzerland, Mennonites and Reformed Church members in Argentina are building reconciliation by cooperating on projects. World Communion of Reformed...

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Virginia food pantry makes adjustments to stay open

Jun 22, 2020 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — As the coronavirus pandemic has crept into the Rockingham County community, it has become more difficult for many to keep food on the table. Patchwork Pantry volunteers are making some...

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Aid request for Iran

Jun 15, 2020 by

We believe Mennonites are called to a ministry of human compassion and international peacebuilding in these perilous times. Anabaptists can now reach out to the people of Iran, who have been hit hard by the...

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‘Mosaic’ name celebrates conferences’ reconciliation

Jun 15, 2020 by and

Eastern District & Franconia Conference has become Mosaic Mennonite Conference, a change announced during a conference-wide virtual worship service on Pentecost Sunday, May 31. With about 8,500 members in...

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MDS weighing mission and safety in COVID-19 return

Jun 15, 2020 by and

With long-term rebuild sites shut down through the summer due to COVID-19, Mennonite Disaster Service is evaluating how to return to its mission of cleaning up and rebuilding safely after disasters. Standard...

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King: Sourdough baker

Jun 15, 2020 by

It should be emphasized up front: the primary motivation was neither self-improvement nor altruistic baking for loved ones. It was fear of shortages. Along with family, I was out of the country when COVID-19...

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Colleges begin establishing fall semester plans

Jun 15, 2020 by

U.S. Mennonite colleges and universities have begun announcing plans for returning to in-person classes this fall. In some cases, that means getting an earlier start. As Goshen (Ind.) College opens residence...

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Book review: I Am Not Your Enemy

Jun 15, 2020 by

I finished reading Michael McRay’s book just as deep fissures were developing in the United States about whether stay-at-home orders were an appropriate measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 or whether...

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Bible: Dame Folly is the wrong girl

Jun 15, 2020 by

In Proverbs 7, Boy meets Girl. Bad mistake. It’s the wrong Girl. Dame Folly is alluring, but the Boy doesn’t recognize the danger. He “is like a bird rushing into a snare. Not knowing it will cost him...

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Pa. community centers report to ‘a different front line’

Jun 15, 2020 by and

When Ripple Community Center in Allentown, Pa., decided to remain open after stay-at-home orders were announced, it began with four staff on site and seven disposable face masks. Eight weeks later, Ripple...

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Love doesn’t cancel anger at injustice

Jun 10, 2020 by

Amid the recent events ­surrounding the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, the latest fatal violence against African Americans, Mennonite Church USA joins in mourning and lament. We lament that...

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Yes, you can get ordained online, too

Jun 8, 2020 by and

Physical distance didn’t matter when Janette Lyndaker Gallagher took classes for her divinity degree with Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and the same was true for her ordination in May. Rather than...

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Giving it away

Jun 1, 2020 by

Regarding Gary Oyer’s “Rely on Government?” (Letters & Comments, May 18): I have given my government stimulus check to organizations whose programs have been cut by the government in my city, and...

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Singing together unsafe, MennoMedia advises

Jun 1, 2020 by

As stay-at-home orders are lifted across the United States and Canada, MennoMedia released a statement May 19 discouraging congregational singing when physical gatherings resume. “While singing is considered...

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Coronavirus leads to new connections around the world

Jun 1, 2020 by and

The COVID-19 pandemic is prompting Anabaptists to respond to challenges locally and around the world as they connect in new ways. Die Mennonitische Post reported Mennonites in Cuauhtémoc, Mexico, initiated a...

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MCC canned meat eases economic hardship in U.S.

Jun 1, 2020 by and

Meat canned by Mennonite Central Committee has traveled around the world, and now it’s hailing a taxi in New York City. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., Mennonite Central Committee U.S. is...

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Churches promote healthy habits to prevent virus spread

Jun 1, 2020 by , and

Mennonites in the West African nation of Burkina Faso are working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to untouched regions of the country. As part of $20,000 in emergency aid to help global partners, Mennonite...

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