Youth connect with each other and God in new ways at convention

Jul 15, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While delegates spent days talking about unity at the Mennonite Church USA convention, youth were divided. Some admitted they got out of bed 15 minutes ago, while others were clearly...

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You’ve got a friend in PA

May 29, 2019 by

A core concept of social psychology is the idea that people negotiate their identities depending on their contexts. While you are always, in some ways, yourself, some parts of your identity are emphasized and...

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Step Up is primed to go a step further

May 27, 2019 by and

Lorren Oesch recalls a moment at the 2017 Mennonite Church USA delegate assembly in Orlando, Fla., when her table group encouraged her to go onstage and share her perspective at the microphone. She...

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Pink Menno Grandmother’s activism came naturally

Jan 28, 2019 by and

Ruby Lehman of Harrisonburg, Va., is an 87-year-old retired schoolteacher, member of Park View Mennonite Church, world traveler, mother of four, white-haired extrovert with an easy smile and gay-rights...

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Our troubling Mennonite inferiority complex

Nov 16, 2018 by

“Many American Christians simply assume that the state has no business dictating church beliefs or practices, that a church should be a gathered body of believers rather than a net that that scoops up...

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Colleges not Christian enough

Nov 5, 2018 by

At the time I graduated from Goshen College in 2011, I would have unequivocally urged support for Mennonite colleges, as MWR’s Oct. 22 editorial does. But no longer. We would do better refocusing resources...

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Bipolar research studies Mennonite genetics

Oct 8, 2018 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — “The Mennonite game” — tracing the genealogy of a new acquaintance to find a common ancestor — might be a fun pastime for people with Mennonite backgrounds, but such a relatively...

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Book review: ‘EMU: A Century of Countercultural Education’

Apr 23, 2018 by

Like all religious groups, Mennonites have always wrestled with how to maintain basic group beliefs and practices while still inhabiting a particular cultural context. In Christian parlance, they’ve...

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Mennonite Brethren colleges set enrollment records

Oct 7, 2017 by and

The two U.S. Mennonite Breth­ren colleges set enrollment records this fall, while their Mennonite Church USA counterparts reported mixed results. Three achieved increases of 9 or 10 percent, while two had...

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Honoring God with environmental justice

Apr 26, 2017 by

If you look at Mennonite Church USA’s “What We Believe” section on its website, you will see these two priorities: stewardship and undoing racism. I believe that these two principles translate across...

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EMU celebrates inauguration of ninth president

Apr 17, 2017 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Eastern Mennonite University’s tradition of Christian diversity took the form of around 500 voices joining in the litany of investiture to welcome and bless EMU’s ninth president,...

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EMU president announces steps to prevent, respond to misconduct

Feb 13, 2017 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — President Susan Schultz Huxman launched an Action Plan Steering Committee Jan. 26 at Eastern Mennonite University to ensure EMU meets federal regulations and implements best practices to...

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Sanctuary moves outside church walls

Feb 6, 2017 by and

The teach-in was supposed to happen at a local library. But when President Trump entered office with executive actions that heightened fears among the immigrant community, a larger venue was needed. Columbus...

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Report cites pastoral protection in Virginia abuse case

Jan 19, 2017 by

An external review of responses to reports of sexual abuse in a Virginia congregation has led Mennonite Church USA staff to conclude the lead pastor acted in ways that protected the alleged perpetrator, to the...

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EMU releases report on misconduct response

Dec 5, 2016 by

Eastern Mennonite University announced on Nov. 28 that an external investigation of its response to allegations of sexual misconduct by a former vice president of enrollment found no evidence that...

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Goshen bounces back in a year of lower enrollments

Oct 3, 2016 by and

In a down year for enrollment at many U.S. Mennonite colleges, universities and seminaries, Goshen (Ind.) College’s enrollment is up, returning to levels it last saw in 2013. Overall, two institutions...

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Activist and Jubilee group announce partnership at EMU

Sep 26, 2016 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Christian activist Shane Claiborne announced a partnership with the nonprofit financial reform organization Jubilee USA Network Sept. 14 at Eastern Mennonite University. He joined with...

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Firm to investigate abuse allegation responses for Mennonite Church USA

Sep 19, 2016 by

Mennonite Church USA has contracted with a Delaware firm to investigate how church institutions responded to abuse allegations against a former Eastern Mennonite University administrator. EMU had already begun...

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Mennonite Church USA sexual abuse panel withdraws from investigation

Aug 10, 2016 by and

Mennonite Church USA’s Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention has terminated its participation in the process to select an independent organization to look into institutional responses to allegations of abuse by...

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Chaplain redirects some tax dollars to pay for peace

May 23, 2016 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — For two years, Ruth Anne Friesen has redirected a portion of her federal income tax payments to support the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience program at Eastern Mennonite...

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Candidate of choice for EMU president announced

Apr 13, 2016 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Eastern Mennonite University’s Presidential Search Committee announced Susan Schultz Huxman as its candidate of choice to be EMU’s ninth president at an April 13 all-campus...

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Solicitation charge dismissed against former EMU VP

Mar 29, 2016 by and

A judge dismissed a charge of solicitation of prostitution against former Eastern Mennonite University vice president of enrollment Luke A. Hartman on March 29, roughly a week after a Harrisonburg, Va.,...

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An open letter to the church from the presidents of Mennonite Church USA colleges, universities and ...

Mar 15, 2016 by

Dear friends and brothers and sisters in Christ, As presidents of the schools to whom many of you have entrusted the formation of future leaders for our church’s witness in the world, we want to say with...

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EMU vice president arrested on solicitation charge, resigns

Jan 11, 2016 by

Eastern Mennonite University vice president of enrollment Luke A. Hartman resigned Jan. 11 after a Jan. 8 arrest for solicitation of prostitution. The misdemeanor charge was the result of an undercover...

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Blogging duo crafts their way onto ‘Rachael Ray Show’

Jan 4, 2016 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — What is the secret to a superb apple pie, worthy of featuring on The Rachael Ray Show? Two tablespoons of French apple brandy, homemade caramel sauce and a blog enterprise run by two...

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