Losing peace, leaving identity

Jul 23, 2014 by

Groups have been trying for years to bridge the gap between Mennonitism and evangelicalism, but that bridge has always been unstable and inevitably fallen. Is another crash looming? This month, the U.S....

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Tiny house a big decision for Kansas couple

Jul 21, 2014 by and

HILLSBORO, Kan. — Kyle and Danae Schmidt are building their dream home: a tiny house. Once it’s built, the Schmidts plan to live comfortably in about 200 square feet of space that will include two lofts on...

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Two values tested

Jul 21, 2014 by

Within one week this summer, two competing visions of Mennonite Church USA’s future — one with stronger central authority, the other with more local freedom — emerged. First, national leaders extended...

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Church and Peace

Jul 21, 2014 by

In the aftermath of World War II, Christians on all sides of the conflict were forced to ponder the sobering consequences of modern warfare. The sheer devastation of the war — symbolized by the firebombing...

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Serving God the African way

Jul 21, 2014 by and

NEWTON, Kan. — Succession is part of the grand biblical narrative, Anna and Joe Sawatzky told Mennonite Mission Network board members and supporters June 7. They reported on their nine-year assignment in...

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A failed relationship

Jul 21, 2014 by

It seems the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church decided to live together without getting married. They never tried to resolve their different organizational visions. The Mennonite Church...

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A good story can change your life

Jul 21, 2014 by

Recently, Pure Flix managing partner and God’s Not Dead producer Michael Scott talked about his approach to faith-based films at a summit sponsored by Variety. For films to succeed, the message, he said,...

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Canadian MBs hope to multiply

Jul 21, 2014 by

The Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches focused on multiplying congregations across Canada during its biennial conference June 11-14 in Vancouver, B.C. Meeting under the theme “Multiplying for...

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Care for elders crosses national, faith boundaries

Jul 21, 2014 by and

Palm Village, a Mennonite Brethren retirement community in Reedley, Calif., is mentoring Lebanon’s first assisted-living center. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship, said David Reimer, director of Palm...

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By what authority?

Jul 21, 2014 by

Who has given the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board the authority to not recognize the ordination of a Colorado pastor? Pastoral ordination has been the province of the district conference. In the General...

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We should split — and unite

Jul 21, 2014 by

I like diversity of points of view. I think it’s normal and valuable. I like that there are different religions and that within Christianity there are many denominations. We need each other, because none of...

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Bless this separation

Jul 21, 2014 by

Harvey Yoder makes a passionate plea for Mennonite church union (“Weary of Blessing Same-Faith Divorce,”). I wonder if one might make a case for celebration of “divorce.” I am glad that Luther, Calvin,...

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Weight of liberty

Jul 21, 2014 by

Anabaptists cherish religious freedom and the rights of conscience. The movement was born in opposition to baptizing infants as required by church and state. We value the right to refuse military service when...

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Revolution of values

Jul 21, 2014 by

On May 19, the faith and civil rights community mourned the passing of Vincent Harding, a prophetic theologian and social activist known particularly in the Mennonite world as a co-leader of a Mennonite...

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Ohio resolution proposes sanctioning Mountain States

Jul 21, 2014 by and

Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA is urging its member congregations to study the topic of sexuality in preparation for a special delegate session Aug. 9. The session will consider a resolution that was...

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Ecuador conference has peace in roots, branches

Jul 21, 2014 by and

César Moya and Patricia Urueña didn’t come to Ecuador in 2000 primarily as church planters. But 14 years later, the couple leaves a new Ecuadorian Mennonite conference. Moya and Urueña emphasized a gospel...

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Exchange feeds passion for helping children

Jul 21, 2014 by , and

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Within days of her arrival in Bogotá last August, Rut Arsari knew it would be difficult to leave. The people she would meet and the relationships she would develop would make it hard to...

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EMU Kenyan students connect miles from home

Jul 21, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Their neighborhoods in Nairobi, Kenya, were only 30 minutes apart. Yet two students traveled more than 7,500 miles to meet for the first time at Eastern Mennonite University, where they...

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Author, editor, pastor dies at 85

Jul 18, 2014 by and

John M. Drescher, a prolific author and well-known speaker, teacher, pastor and editor of Gospel Herald, died July 10 in Quakertown, Pa. He was 85. Drescher authored 37 books, including Why I Am a...

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After ban lifted, same-sex couples wed at Germantown

Jul 14, 2014 by and

After a federal judge ruled Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional May 20, Germantown Mennonite Church in Philadelphia hosted two marriage ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples. Pastor...

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Central District commits to unity, calls for respect

Jul 8, 2014 by and

Mennonite Church USA’s Central District Conference has made a commitment to unity during fractious denominational times. Delegates unanimously approved “A Resolution on Unity in a Time of Disagreement”...

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WDC receives resolution on same-sex ceremonies

Jul 8, 2014 by and

WAXAHACHIE, Texas — A Kansas City, Kan., congregation is asking its area conference to promise not to discipline any pastor who performs a same-sex covenant ceremony. Rainbow Mennonite Church brought the...

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