Big family begat bigger church

Jul 8, 2019 by

Christian (1788-1846) and Christiana Buzzard Holdeman (1788-1865) had Mennonite church leaders in their family tree. Christian’s father had been a minister, while Christiana’s great-grandfather was the...

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Gold or not, West Coast beckoned

May 27, 2019 by

By the mid-19th century, North American Mennonites and Amish had barely crossed the Mississippi River, venturing west only as far as southeastern Iowa. That changed with the discovery of gold in California in...

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History: From Mennonite to Missionary

Apr 15, 2019 by

North American Mennonite history is peppered with schisms prompted by disagreements over issues such as prayer meetings, revival meetings, conversion experiences and Sunday schools. Seven groups that split...

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Book review: ‘In Pursuit of Faithfulness’

Aug 29, 2016 by

In 1957 in Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference, communion was only served when a bishop was present. The bread and cup were reserved for church members who were deemed in good standing. This practice of...

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Indiana-Michigan cites Goshen pastor’s ‘variance’ for same-sex ceremony

Apr 22, 2015 by and

Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference has identified a Goshen, Ind., pastor as at variance with its teaching position for officiating a same-sex covenant ceremony. The pastor, Karl Shelly of Assembly Mennonite...

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Peaceful theology, violent acts

Jan 5, 2015 by

This is excerpted from a longer article, “ ‘Defanging the Beast’: Mennonite Responses to John Howard Yoder’s Sexual Abuse,” in the January issue of The Mennonite Quarterly Review, based on newly...

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Goshen congregation leaves MC USA

Oct 27, 2014 by

At least 10 congregations have left Mennonite Church USA this year, many as a result of disagreements over LGBT inclusion. Clinton Brick Mennonite Church, in Goshen, Ind., recently added to that number by...

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Indiana pastor’s credentials under review by two conferences

Aug 25, 2014 by and

Two Mennonite Church USA conferences will review the ministerial credentials of Karl Shelly, a pastor at Assembly Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind., for performing a same-sex marriage ceremony for two members...

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Church leaves Indiana-Michigan

Jun 23, 2014 by and

A Goshen, Ind., area congregation is leaving its conference and may affiliate with churches mostly in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Clinton Frame Mennonite Church has withdrawn from Mennonite Church USA’s...

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