Churches leave conference, stay with MC USA

Sep 2, 2019 by and

In an effort to be part of Mennonite Church USA, six congregations in Florida have decided to leave Southeast Mennonite Conference and intend to join Franconia Mennonite Conference. A church plant that was in...

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Truth is knowable — his name is Jesus

Aug 20, 2018 by

Our small group met a few days ago and once again enjoyed moments of laughter, food, spiritual discussion and prayer together as we discussed the Gospel of Mark. At one point, we briefly discussed how to...

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Value of experience?

Apr 10, 2017 by

I agree with Harold N. Miller (“Scripture Overrules Experience,” March 27) that we need to take Scripture most seriously in times of ethical discernment. But I wonder what he would have done had he been...

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Spiritual but not religious

Mar 22, 2017 by

I am usually quite suspicious of oft-repeated expression, “I’m spiritual but not religious.” Actually, “suspicious” might be putting it rather mildly. I have something bordering on a pathological...

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Year after withdrawal, Lancaster Conference gains, loses

Nov 15, 2016 by and

Since Lancaster Mennonite Conference’s decision in November 2015 to withdraw from Mennonite Church USA by the end of 2017, it has received several congregations formerly with MC USA conferences. Moderator...

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Book review: ‘Sick Religion or Healthy Faith?’

Nov 7, 2016 by

I look forward to reading the work of pastors. Pastors live close to the ground, in the muck and mire, vulnerable to the minutiae of birth, death and all the life in between. Pastors quickly learn everything...

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Reba Place chooses ‘third way’ on sexuality

May 9, 2016 by and

Reba Place Fellowship has found it is possible to remain united despite differing views on same-sex marriage. Taking “a third-way approach,” the Evanston, Ill., group has opened its long-term covenant...

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Leaders ask: New ways to relate?

Mar 26, 2014 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Amid controversy over the licensing of a lesbian pastor, leaders from across Mennonite Church USA asked the Executive Board to explore new models for relationship among area conferences...

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Seminary program confronts discernment issues

Feb 17, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Hundreds of people filled to capacity the annual School for Leadership Training at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, interested in exploring “discernment processes” to address difficult...

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