Nebraska university with Mennonite roots to close

Oct 12, 2017 by and

Grace University in Omaha, Neb., founded by Mennonites in 1943 as Grace Bible Institute, announced Oct. 3 it will close at the end of the academic year. The interdenominational school was unable to overcome...

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Hopi school dispute takes a legal turn

Sep 28, 2015 by and

An impasse over finances, transparency, authority and land ownership between Hopi Mission School and Mennonite Church USA is moving from conversations to courtrooms. On Sept. 14, MC USA filed a complaint...

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Diverse Ontario a leader in unity

Jul 20, 2015 by

The “promised lands” of Sam Steiner’s comprehensive history of Mennonites in Ontario are both geographical and spiritual destinations. Ontario was a land of opportunity for Mennonites who came from...

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Confession, polity and ordination

Jul 15, 2015 by

In “Confessing Without Forcing,” Rich Preheim provides some historical background to the current situation in Mennonite Church USA. The 1995 Confession of Faith was already a fact when I joined the...

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Is Christ divided?

Jun 22, 2015 by

A July 13, 1995, editorial in this newspaper asked what kind of unity the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church might be able to achieve. A merger was being considered. This would accomplish...

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Confessing without forcing

Jun 22, 2015 by

Like so many other Christian groups, Mennonite Church USA has an LGBTQ issue. But more than that, MC USA has a history problem. Unfortunately, as has happened for three decades, the two will no doubt clash at...

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Mennonite Church Eastern Canada and diversity

Jun 10, 2015 by

In May I spoke at the Mennonite Historical Society annual dinner in Elkhart, Ind. I was asked to make observations for Mennonite Church USA from Ontario Mennonite history. Mennonite Church USA has been going...

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The future of unity

Feb 16, 2015 by

Uniting the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church seemed like a good idea 20 years ago. And it still does, though the shine has tarnished. Losses have been greater than expected. The hope of...

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Cultural divide splits MC USA in survey results

Jan 19, 2015 by and

Though same-sex relationships dominate Mennonite Church USA conversations, the “real cultural divide” includes many deeply rooted factors, says Conrad Kanagy. “It’s quite clear now this is not one...

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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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First woman ordained as a pastor dies at 87

Sep 22, 2014 by and

Emma Sommers Richards, the first woman ordained as a pastor in a U.S. Mennonite congregation, died Sept. 6 in Goshen, Ind. She was 87. Richards was ordained in 1973 by Illinois Mennonite Conference while...

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What is a conservative to do?

Sep 1, 2014 by

When I supported the merger of the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church, I was not aware of the profound differences between the two groups. The MCs traditionally had a top-down,...

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