Identity redefinition

Nov 6, 2017 by

Anabaptist denominations are having an identity crisis. Or at least an identity redefinition. This is happening in several ways: making or considering name changes; ending old affiliations, beginning new ones...

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New structure approved for MC Canada

Oct 18, 2017 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Delegates voted 94 percent in favor of taking Mennonite Church Canada’s existing structures off of life support equipment that some believe is designed for a society and church culture...

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Organizing MC USA

Sep 25, 2017 by

Reflecting recently at the funeral for Darrell Fast, who was moderator of the General Conference Mennonite Church when it was moving toward merger with the Mennonite Church, I was reminded of the changes in...

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History: Bethlehem ’83: coming together and apart

Jul 17, 2017 by

When the General Conference Mennonite Church and Mennonite Church met in Bethlehem, Pa., in 1983 for their first joint convention, MC moderator Ross Bender and his GC counterpart, Jacob Tilitzky, placed their...

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Christ’s ultimatum

Jun 19, 2017 by

For several decades Mennonites have spent an enormous amount of energy and resources deciding the best way to organize. Has it brought us to a better end? My sense is we are more divided than ever. Is all this...

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Shifting to regions, Mennonite Church Canada breaks new ground

Apr 17, 2017 by and

Mennonite Church Canada is going to find out if a national denomination can grow stronger by putting its regions first. It’s a radical change that delegates approved in principle at last summer’s national...

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2016 in review: What works for denominations now?

Dec 19, 2016 by and

With Christian denominations generally declining in North America, Mennonites are looking for new ways of being the church together. Shrinking or refocusing national offices while building up regional and...

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Board approves discussion of MC USA’s future

Nov 14, 2016 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — As funds and membership shrink, Mennonite Church USA seeks the wisdom of a crowd. Leaders are planning a “large-group process” for the biennial convention in Orlando, Fla., next...

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After first ‘peer review,’ Mennonite Church USA leaders question its value

Oct 19, 2016 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — The licensing of an Ohio pastor who is gay has gone through Mennonite Church USA’s first “peer review.” Whether others will be done is an open question. More than 60 members of the...

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Mennonite Church Canada shifts to local focus

Aug 1, 2016 by and

Mennonite Church Canada delegates affirmed restructuring the denomination to increase influence and ownership at a more local level at their July 6-10 assembly in Saskatoon, Sask. What remains to be seen is...

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MC Canada moves in a new direction

Jul 18, 2016 by

Mennonite Church Canada delegates approved a proposal to shift the denomination’s emphasis from the national level to networking among area churches and created space for congregations with differing...

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Opinion: Faith-inspired, culture-bound

Jul 4, 2016 by

We Mennonites often worry about compromises we make with secular culture. But just as often we are unaware of, or choose to ignore, the compromises we make by adhering to our religious cultures. Openness to...

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Mennonite Church Canada mulling future path

Jun 29, 2016 by and

Sustaining Mennonite Church Canada’s ministry in the face of diminishing finances and a changing church landscape will be a main topic when Mennonite Church Canada holds its biennial assembly July 6-10 in...

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Radically redefined

Apr 11, 2016 by

Gerald Gerbrandt recalls a Mennonite Church Canada staff member at a regional assembly “bringing greetings from Mennonite Church Canada.” He thought this revealed a basic problem: Members viewed their...

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We’re due for another Reformation

Dec 21, 2015 by

Every 500 years or so, the church has a giant garage sale, getting rid of the stuff it no longer needs. That’s what author Phyllis Tickle said in 2008 in her book The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is...

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No north or south

Dec 21, 2015 by

Mennonite Church Canada is changing, and its transformation could instruct other denominations. Declining donations were deemed to be a trend rather than an aberration, and something had to be done. A Nov. 28...

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Maintaining peace, withdrawing from MC USA

Dec 11, 2014 by

A paradoxical way to unite a deeply divided Mennonite Church USA popped into my mind. It happened one morning as I was memorizing and praying Paul’s prayer for the church (Eph. 3:14-21). One question looms...

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Mennonite Church USA to explore new structure

Sep 30, 2014 by and

Seeking to hold the denomination together amid controversies over homosexuality, Mennonite Church USA will explore possibilities for a new structure. At its Sept. 26-27 meeting in Kansas City, Mo., the MC USA...

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