Schools put to the test

Jun 10, 2019 by

Pop quiz: How many Mennonite students does a Mennonite school need? Today’s answer: all of the above. As denominational identity erodes, institutional loyalty that defined religion in the 20th century goes...

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Parents rally to save school in Virginia

Jun 10, 2019 by and

Bake sales and car washes may have been just enough to save most of Warwick River Christian School in Newport News, Va. With enrollment down to 70 students signed up for this coming fall, the 77-year-old...

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Bonus levels

Apr 29, 2019 by

The graduation ceremony was supposed to be a celebration, but one 30-year-old woman was crying. Casa Horeb, a Mennonite congregation in Guatemala City, was hosting a commencement event last year for people who...

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School on Sunday

Apr 29, 2019 by and

Sunday school works a little differently at Casa Horeb, a Mennonite congregation in Guate­mala City. For 10 hours on Sundays, before and after worship, the congregation transforms into a more traditional...

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Amish teachers serve Old Colony schools in Mexico

Feb 4, 2019 by and

Two of the most traditional Anabaptist groups — Old Order Amish and Old Col­ony Mennonites — were only vaguely aware of each other 24 years ago. Since then, they’ve built a relationship of trust based...

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Oregon school drops ‘Mennonite’ from name

Dec 10, 2018 by and

Western Mennonite School near West Salem, Ore., changed its name to Western Christian School over the summer to better reflect a student body with few Mennonite students. Though there is an Anabaptist...

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AMBS president announces retirement

Oct 24, 2018 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — The board of directors of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary announced on Oct. 23 the retirement of President Sara Wenger Shenk, effective June 30. She has served in the role since the...

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New Bethel president seeks harvest of learning

Oct 15, 2018 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — The Bethel College community celebrated the inauguration of Jonathan C. Gering as the college’s 15th president on Oct. 7 during Fall Festival. The wheat design on the program and the...

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U.S. college, seminary enrollment mostly down

Oct 8, 2018 by and

Bright spots are few as U.S. Mennonite higher education institutions report shrinking enrollment numbers this fall. Though overall student totals are up at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elk­hart,...

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From persecution to education in Ethiopia

Sep 24, 2018 by and

Tigist Alamirew says she has “escaped many deaths” in her journey with Christ. Born to an Orthodox family, she now directs distance education at Meserete Kristos College, the Anabaptist school in Debre...

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Amish not ignorant

Sep 24, 2018 by

According to the Amish Heritage Foundation, the 1972 Supreme Court decision Wisconsin v. Yoder, which allowed the Amish to end schooling after eighth grade, brought enforced ignorance and a feeling of...

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Curiosity about Anabaptists creates teachable moments

Sep 17, 2018 by and

SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. — People who come to northern Indiana with curiosity about the Amish and Mennonites often find their way to an Amish-country attraction that teaches them about Anabaptism. About 260 people...

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Arizona school to reopen with new name, mission

Aug 20, 2018 by and

Hopi Mission School has a new name and a new mission. The Mennonite Schools Council member in Kykotsmovi, Ariz., is seeking to turn over a new page after former superintendent Thane Epefanio pleaded guilty in...

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Dark side to Amish religious freedom?

Aug 13, 2018 by and

Though the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wisconsin v. Yoder decision has traditionally been hailed as a religious freedom victory for the Amish, some Amish people want to challenge the 1972 ruling. That’s one thing...

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Faith Builders anchors knowledge in wisdom

Apr 30, 2018 by and

GUYS MILLS, Pa. — On a Tuesday afternoon, 22-year-old Andrew Shenk leads a competitive trivia game for 13 fifth- and sixth-graders reviewing facts about Alaska, Hawaii and the Spanish-American War. He’s...

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For Old Colonists, education without assimilation?

Feb 12, 2018 by and

Wendy Crocker calls herself an “edgewalker” on the border between two cultures. As a principal in two Ontario elementary schools, she developed a passion for understanding the children from Old Colony...

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Founders of new college draw from Anabaptism

Aug 28, 2017 by and

A new liberal arts college named after an Anabaptist martyr plans to open next fall in Boston, expecting to start with about 30 students. Sattler College intends to combine a rigorous education with guidance...

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Life’s lessons learned

May 8, 2017 by

In 1950, U.S. leaders decided it would be a good thing to shoot some people in Korea who were called Communists. For young men of Anabaptist heritage, it was time to decide: bear arms or be conscientious...

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Preach it! Gospel of peace heard more widely

Mar 13, 2017 by and

Preaching Peace, a ministry based out of Lancaster, Pa., is taking significant steps to broaden its scope and impact. Founded about a decade ago by Michael and Lorri Hardin, the organization launched an online...

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Honduras report: Strong families start with the kids

Jan 2, 2017 by and

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Pastor Porfirio Zelaya Rubio gestured to the street outside the front door of Iglesia Menonita Sion (Zion Mennonite Church). He spoke in a quiet voice, not wanting to draw the...

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Opinion: Prof attests: gap is good

Nov 7, 2016 by and

Before I retired, I taught in the Biblical Studies department at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Each fall term, I was assigned two sections of a required course, Encountering the Bible. Each section had...

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In poorly educated South Sudan, MCC builds up schools

Sep 12, 2016 by , and

RUMBEK, South Sudan — When South Sudan became an independent country in 2011, hopes were high and the future looked bright. But conflict broke out in 2013, and violence has ebbed and flowed since...

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Are the humanities in crisis at Christian colleges?

May 10, 2016 by

Last week I was part of a discussion at Bethel University about what defines “the humanities.” I bit my tongue, but I was tempted to say, “A perpetual sense of crisis.” And perhaps “crisis of the...

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Accessible education is a faith and justice issue

Feb 15, 2016 by

I’ve had several conversations questioning the validity of the quote, “Now we are faced with an onslaught of potential annihilation,” in my March 16, 2015, column. People primarily focused on gun...

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Amish schools find ways to serve special-needs children

Jul 6, 2015 by and

CLARK, Mo. — Maryann Yoder, 5, will join her sister Edna, 7, and other Amish children in a local one-room schoolhouse in a few years. But until then, speech therapist Anna Crusha provides a different...

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