Year in review: Sexuality issues test unity

Dec 22, 2014 by and

Struggles in Mennonite Church USA over same-sex relationships entered uncharted territory in 2014. When one conference licensed a lesbian pastor in Colorado and another signaled its acceptance of a gay man...

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Banners help Central Plains churches talk peace

Dec 22, 2014 by and

The Freeman (S.D.) Network for Justice and Peace is using art to help churches across Central Plains Conference of Mennonite Church USA talk about peace. The group enlisted Michelle Hofer, artist in residence...

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Ohio Conference loses more churches

Dec 22, 2014 by and

Two more Ohio Conference congregations have voted to leave Mennonite Church USA over concerns about the direction of the denomination and some of its conferences. Walnut Creek Mennonite Church in Sugarcreek,...

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MC USA churches move in 2014

Dec 22, 2014 by and

More Mennonite Church USA congregations have left the denomination or switched conferences so far in 2014 than in 2013, many citing concerns related to two conferences accepting gay or lesbian...

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EMU announces significant solar expansion

Dec 22, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Four years after a 104-kilowatt solar panel array on the roof of Eastern Mennonite University’s Hartzler Library came online, the university has announced plans to significantly expand...

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Benin school celebrates 30 years

Dec 22, 2014 by , and

Benin Bible Institute, which Mennonites played a role in starting, recently celebrated 30 years of equipping more than 1,000 church leaders in 70 denominations. The theme for the Oct. 16-19 weekend, “Church...

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Brave heretics

Dec 22, 2014 by

Blessings to Chester and Sara Jane Wenger (“Lancaster Conference Terminates Retired Pastor’s Credentials,” Nov. 24) for their courageous acts of love and devotion to making the world a bit better. They...

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Shame on us

Dec 22, 2014 by

Visible sins bring shame. The holiday picture of pregnant Mary reminded me of an earlier time when an unwed pregnant female would stand in front of the church and publicly confess her sin. Most of us now doubt...

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Sound doctrine first

Dec 22, 2014 by

Ron Sider (“Biblical and Better Way,” Oct. 27) reminds us that we humans are not the final authority. Should this not make us humble and teachable? Much of the discussion about sexuality does not reflect...

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MWC seeks vocalists for assembly ensemble

Dec 22, 2014 by

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Mennonite World Conference is seeking vocalists to join the International Vocal Ensemble for the Pennsylvania 2015 assembly in July. The ensemble will lead congregational singing during the...

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Iowa steel wheels issues persist

Dec 22, 2014 by

An Old Order Mennonite group in Iowa is seeking meetings with Mitchell County officials to discuss the use of steel wheels as a lengthy legal ordeal returns to court. Members of the Groffdale Conference Old...

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Units that will close served many communities

Dec 22, 2014 by and

For 70 years, Mennonite Voluntary Service has provided ways for young adults to live out their faith. The following historical tributes are words of gratitude to the MVS units closing in July, and all of the...

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Fellow travelers

Dec 22, 2014 by

As described in MWR’s review of the year, Mennonite Church USA members are asking a question: Will we walk together? In 2014 the question got harder to answer. Disagreement over same-sex relationships makes...

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Opinion: What is the Word of the Lord?

Dec 22, 2014 by

Scripture readers at my church, Sargent Avenue Mennonite in Winnipeg, Man., sometimes conclude with the exclamation, “the Word of the Lord.” The congregation often adds, “praise be to God.” This was...

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Let’s ask for help

Dec 22, 2014 by

Debates in the Western church about same-sex marriage and gender identity may appear irrelevant to some parts of the global church. Yes, our issues are frequently different. But an outsider’s view is often...

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Terminate the CIA

Dec 22, 2014 by

The U.S. justice system needs to be indicted and the Central Intelligence Agency terminated. Domestic miscarriages of justice and the CIA’s actions overseas are related. Decisions to kill people are made...

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Marriage and change

Dec 22, 2014 by

This is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart). — E.E. Cummings Given the fact that we all enter the world as helpless infants, we depend on the ability to...

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More than a partridge

Dec 22, 2014 by

Though the North American understanding of Advent is that of waiting in darkness, a cultural stranger would be forgiven for thinking it is only a season of light. From lights strung on houses and businesses to...

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The changing face of conservatism

Dec 22, 2014 by

Conservative Mennonite Conference is a body of 104 congregations with about 11,000 members. It was born in 1910 at Pigeon, Mich. Today its institutional center is at Rosedale, Ohio, where the church’s Bible...

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Are you looking for Jesus?

Dec 22, 2014 by

As we celebrate Christmas, people who are marginalized are living in hope of the just society that Christ’s birth promised. They are seeking Jesus to find equality and justice. Looking for Jesus is not a new...

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To breathe a prayer

Dec 22, 2014 by

After I read Luke 11:1-13, I lit a candle for Eric Garner and his family. It was the only way I knew how to pray as news rolled in that the police officer who killed Garner will not go to trial. The candle...

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108-year-old Burrton, Kan., congregation to close

Dec 22, 2014 by and

BURRTON, Kan. — When Aoife Rose Compton was born Nov. 18 to Rachelle and Martin Compton, she was the last child to become part of Burrton Mennonite Church. After 108 years of ministry, the church will hold...

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Unexpected call led to lifelong pastoral ministry

Dec 22, 2014 by and

BURRTON, Kan. — In 1962, when Jim Dunn was a senior at Bethel College in North Newton, the local African Meth­odist Episcopal church invited him to be its pastor. A woman at the church had called Dunn...

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Sunday school materials connect vets, peace churches

Dec 15, 2014 by and

Developers of a new Sunday school curriculum say it goes down a seldom-walked path — where pacifists accompany veterans toward peace. “Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: Seeking Peace Together” was...

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Anabaptist museum plans for Swiss castle progressing

Dec 15, 2014 by and

Plans to turn a Swiss fortress that imprisoned Anabaptists into a museum are still moving forward, despite a sluggish start to fundraising. A projected 3.3 million francs are needed to make Trachselwald castle...

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