MCC helps prepare young Gazan leaders

Jun 23, 2014 by and

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip — Twelve-year-old Siraa Moghrabi crouches beside student after student, helping the 6- and 7-year-olds and their mothers arrange flowers on their art projects. Moghrabi dreams of...

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Initiative develops culture of discipleship

Jun 23, 2014 by , and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Mennonite Mission Network leaders are considering the next steps to promote disciple-making within racial-ethnic congregations of Mennonite Church USA. After a year of working in a pilot...

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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 Clinton Frame Mennonite Church has withdrawn from Mennonite Church USA’s...

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Post-Christian culture

Jun 23, 2014 by

For years there was an easy alliance in America between God and country. The Christian church held a privileged place in our culture. As this is breaking down, people who take Jesus and the Bible seriously are...

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Internet freedoms

Jun 23, 2014 by

Decisions about how the Internet will be governed are being made right now. People of faith can and should help shape them. The immediate debate surrounds net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission...

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Called to visit prisoners — even a terrorist

Jun 23, 2014 by

“I was in prison and you visited me.” Christians have used that verse as a reason to serve prisoners across North America. But does that include someone convicted of terrorism? Arlette Zinck believes it...

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MWC leaders connect with Colombian churches

Jun 23, 2014 by and

SOACHA, Colombia — Tears mixed with singing and dancing as a Mennonite World Conference delegation exchanged stories and blessings with members of Iglesia Menonita de la resurrección (Mennonite Church of...

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Voices in Babylon

Jun 23, 2014 by

It seems many people believe the gospel is: God is love, he accepts you as you are, Jesus died for your sins, and works have nothing to do with your salvation. If that is the gospel, then the devils are saved....

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My ‘to don’t’ list

Jun 23, 2014 by

April Yamasaki, pastor of Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, B.C., gave me and other readers of her blog a great idea: an “I don’t do” list, alternatively called a “to don’t do” list. An “I...

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Can factions find unity?

Jun 23, 2014 by

The Apostle Paul did not write to you and me. When we read his epistles, we are reading other people’s mail. Each letter was directed toward a specific assembly, or group of small house churches, in a...

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Peace studies transform former enemies at CMU

Jun 23, 2014 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — If they weren’t studying together at Canadian Mennonite University, Theo Muthumwa and Shadrack Mutabazi would be adversaries. The pastors are from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They...

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Sister Care reinforces Puerto Rico connections

Jun 23, 2014 by

AIBONITO, Puerto Rico — Two women with roots in Puerto Rico recently brought a Mennonite Women USA seminar to the island. Carolyn Heggen and Elizabeth Soto Albrecht co-led the Sister Care seminar March 21-22...

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Choose one approach

Jun 23, 2014 by

In “Known by Our Love?” (May 26), I appreciate Lisa Schirch’s exhortation to love those we believe to be in sin; if sinlessness were a precondition for love, none of us would be worthy. It might be...

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Leave or loyal?

Jun 23, 2014 by

I am frustrated every time I hear of a family or church that feels the only solution to disagreement over a hot-button issues is to disassociate. Given the bridges that are being built all over the world...

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Southern Baptists have achieved remarkable unity

Jun 23, 2014 by and

With the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Baltimore June 10-11, objective analysis of the SBC’s achievements and challenges is elusive. Convention insiders see their world through rose-colored glasses,...

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Earth preservers

Jun 23, 2014 by

Though we have sung “this world is not my home,” it’s what we have for now, and others will inherit it when we are gone. Keeping the house in good repair — or, by now, limiting the damage — is our...

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Who we call matters

Jun 23, 2014 by

I’ve stepped into a new area of responsibility in my role working alongside pastors in Franconia Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. This role change, which began in November, has to do with...

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Israel deports MCC worker

Jun 23, 2014 by and

Mennonite Central Committee service worker Rachelle Friesen of Swift Current, Sask., was deported from Israel in late May and is banned from entering the country for a decade. She was returning from a regional...

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Chortitzer Conference to change its name

Jun 23, 2014 by

Chortitzer Mennonite Conference, a 1,500-member Canadian group, has begun searching for a new name. “Many times when people hear the name Chortitzer, the response is . . . ‘What’s that?’ ” wrote...

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Everence names new president

Jun 23, 2014 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — The Everence board of directors has announced Kenneth D. Hoch­stetler will be the organization’s next president and CEO, assuming the role upon the retirement of Larry D. Miller at the end...

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Descendants touched by slavery come to the table

Jun 16, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Despite the time separating current Americans from the era of legal slavery, the wounds of racial injustice remain fresh for the descendants of slaves, especially in the face of ignorance...

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Canadians address sexuality

Jun 16, 2014 by and

When delegates meet for Mennonite Church Canada’s assembly July 3-6 in Winnipeg, Man., one agenda item, “Being a Faithful Church,” could generate a lot of discussion. The BFC process — to help...

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Quilting cultures

Jun 16, 2014 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — Several women stood around the nascent quilt spread on the floor of Hively Avenue Mennonite Church one Saturday last month. They were examining the illustrated pieces of cloth tentatively...

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