Family reunited after deportation

Sep 2, 2019 by and

Deportation tore their family apart four years ago in Iowa, but now the Mennonite pastoral couple of Max and Gloria Villatoro — along with their three daughters — are reunited in Mexico and discovering how...

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Lift up our colleges

Sep 2, 2019 by

Bethel College supporters got a wake-up call that all who appreciate Mennonite higher education need to hear. An accreditation review team recommended the college be placed on probation due to a 15-year...

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Neglecting our duty?

May 27, 2019 by

When I was a student at Hess­ton College in the 1960s, America was at war with North Vietnam. Many Mennonite young men did alternative service instead of being drafted into the military. In recent years,...

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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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Land of the Kanza

Mar 4, 2019 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Until a retired Mennonite pastor came along, Kanza tribal records indicated it had never happened before. No landowner had ever given something back to the Kanza people, also known as...

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Choose your own journey

Dec 10, 2018 by

I find myself at the Nanjing Normal University track most mornings, when the urge to run somehow overrides my desire to continue sleeping. Or maybe it’s just the sounds of 6 a.m. construction outside my...

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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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New Hesston president brings international perspective

Oct 9, 2017 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — Even before he made his way to the podium, Joseph A. Manickam got a standing ovation from nearly 650 people gathered for his inauguration as the ninth president of Hesston College on Sept. 23...

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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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Book review: ‘What is the Bible?’

Jul 3, 2017 by

I wonder if Rob Bell went to Hesston College. Actually, I know he didn’t, but his new book, What Is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel...

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Hesston College announces choice for president

Oct 28, 2016 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — The Hesston College board of directors, following a unanimous vote at its October meeting, announced Joseph Manickam as its candidate of choice to become Hesston’s ninth president Oct....

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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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In Philadelphia, Scripture speaks to an urban context

Aug 29, 2016 by and

When he was 15, Juan Marrero, now an Anabaptist pastor in Philadelphia, used a pair of boxing gloves to settle a dispute with a young man who attacked his aunt and broke her ribs. Hand-to-hand fighting isn’t...

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Scandal of nationalism

Jul 4, 2016 by

I remember it well, because the question was transformative. I was a first-year student at Hesston College, in the library studying to teach a lesson on eschatology to a junior high Bible study at Hess­ton...

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Hesston College appoints interim president

May 23, 2016 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — Benjamin E. Sprunger will serve as interim president of Hesston College starting Aug. 1. A longtime higher education faculty member and administrator, Sprunger has been active in leadership...

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Alternative history

Apr 25, 2016 by

I was excited to read how John Sharp teaches history at Hesston College (“How I Teach History Differently,” April 11). The two books for extra reading that he mentions are based on solid information and a...

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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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Hesston casts out fear

Mar 7, 2016 by

Christian writer and activist Shane Claiborne came to Hesston, Kan., Feb. 19-21 to say that love casts out fear and that followers of Jesus should live in proximity to people’s pain. Four days later, when a...

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4 dead in shootings at Hesston, Kan., business

Feb 26, 2016 by and

This story has been updated with additional details. Three people were killed and more than a dozen injured in a series of shootings Feb. 25 in Newton and Hesston, Kan., that culminated at a Mennonite-owned...

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Claiborne: Make holy mischief

Feb 22, 2016 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — For today’s Good Samaritans, lifting the wounded traveler out of the ditch is not enough, Shane Claiborne believes. They also need to fix the road. “We’re all called to be the Good...

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Hesston president to conclude at end of academic year

Nov 11, 2015 by

HESSTON, Kan. — Hesston College President Howard Keim announced Oct. 22 he will transition away from his role at the end of the 2015-16 academic year, concluding 11 years of leadership as the college’s...

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High seas service

Sep 14, 2015 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — A much older and landlocked group of “sea­going cowboys,” who first saw the wider world while caring for livestock aboard ships bound for post-World War II Europe, gathered for a reunion...

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New policies put colleges ‘at variance’ with MC USA

Jul 20, 2015 by and

Two Mennonite Church USA colleges expanded their nondiscrimination policies July 20 to include employees in same-sex marriages, putting them at variance with the denomination’s education agency. In separate...

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Swiss castle envisioned as Anabaptist museum

Aug 18, 2014 by and

Trachselwald Castle in Switz­erland, a medieval fortress with an important place in Anabaptist history, is up for sale. Swiss Mennonites are raising funds to preserve the castle as a museum honoring the...

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Scripture makes indelible mark

Jun 2, 2014 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — Nathanael Ressler has the story of God’s people tattooed on his left arm. It’s the timeline of the Heilsgeschichte, or “salvation history,” from Hesston College’s Biblical...

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