MB delegates to consider peace article revision

Jun 9, 2014 by

U.S. Mennonite Brethren will decide whether to revise their Confession of Faith’s article on peace at their national convention July 25-26 in Santa Clara, Calif. The proposed revision describes...

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Foreclosure sale of Los Angeles church building completed

Jun 9, 2014 by and

At a June 3 foreclosure auction, Everence sold Los Angles Faith Chapel’s church building in Inglewood, Calif., for $525,100. Grace Pam, who with her husband, Chuwang, is a founding pastor of the Nigerian...

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Teacher has a smaller audience

Jun 9, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — After earning a degree in songwriting from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2006, Harrisonburg native John Hostetter moved to Tucson, Ariz. He spent two years playing guitar in a...

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Conservative Conference history to be released

Jun 9, 2014 by and

ROSEDALE, Ohio — While writing the history of the Conservative Mennonite Conference, Nathan E. Yoder paid particular attention to the term “conservative.” Conversations across the Mennonite family, he...

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Simple, sophisticated

Jun 9, 2014 by

In the summer of 1963, David Wagler and Joseph Stoll, two Amish farmers, were threshing oats in a field close to Aylmer, Ont. They reflected on the need for more literature that spoke to the interests and...

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Syrian refugee girls find light and hope at Lebanon center

Jun 9, 2014 by and

Damaris, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee, still waits for her father to come home. More than five months ago, she quit school when fighting between government and opposition forces began in her family’s Aleppo...

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Ideal or reality?

Jun 9, 2014 by

Confessions of Faith stand in an awkward spot between ideals and realities. They say “we believe” when in fact not everyone believes the same thing. And so the writers of Confessions face a choice: They...

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Like the Gentiles

Jun 9, 2014 by

It is hard for us Gentiles to be consistent when we argue against accepting a practicing gay and lesbian community into the church. We forget that we were once welcomed by the Jerusalem church while much in...

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Known by our love?

Jun 9, 2014 by

In response to Lisa Schirch: The primary message of the Bible is God’s redeeming love for fallen mankind and his call to holiness. As an unmarried woman until well into my 30s, I abstained from being...

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Two prophets, one mission

Jun 9, 2014 by

There are two distinct topics presented in these lessons, though the post-exilic setting in Jerusalem remains the same. In 520 B.C., our prophet Haggai has motivated Governor Zerubbabel and High Priest Joshua...

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Don’t deport my dad

Jun 9, 2014 by

“Don’t deport my dad.” That is the slogan many immigrant rights groups will be using on Father’s Day this year. It follows the “Don’t deport my mom” slogans used in May. But, some say, we live in...

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MEDA uses mobile phones to fight malaria in Tanzania

Jun 9, 2014 by

WATERLOO, Ont. — Mennonite Economic Development Associates is working with a partner in Tanzania to combat malaria with mobile phone vouchers. Since 2011, the Tanzania National Voucher Scheme has used text...

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Dozen arrested in Mexico-Ontario drug trafficking

Jun 9, 2014 by

A dozen people in three Ontario drug trafficking rings have been arrested and face 49 drug-related charges after police seized more than 34 pounds of drugs tied to Chihuahua, Mexico. Blackburn Radio reported...

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Saved by something greater

Jun 9, 2014 by

I have a confession: I am a fan of disaster movies. I totally get why folks tend to dismiss the genre, but Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla is a good example of why I don’t. It contains many elements that attract...

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Tar, feathers and Liberty Bonds

Jun 9, 2014 by

On a mild Monday evening, April 22, 1918, a pro-war mob of McPherson County citizens invaded the peace of the Canton Mennonite community, north of Hesston, Kan. The 40-some masked men had visited the Walter...

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Goshen staffer resigns, protests hiring policy

Jun 9, 2014 by and

A Goshen (Ind.) College librarian resigned May 19 in part because the college’s hiring policy requires gay and lesbian employees to be celibate. Tabi Berkey wrote an open letter to the college community...

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Millions of Bibles

Jun 9, 2014 by

Christian Aid Ministries, based in Berlin, Ohio, takes a detailed approach to its year-end accounting of distributed aid. 2,493,884 pounds of rice. Three washing machines. 4,127,990 Ibuprofen tablets. Four...

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Peaceful and simple

Jun 9, 2014 by

In response to “South Korean Conscientious Objectors Jailed” (April 14), I am a Korean young man, and military service is a subject I am concerned about. Jesus taught us to love our neighbor as ourself,...

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Project weaves peacemaking into language learning

Jun 9, 2014 by and

Words are powerful, which is why the Language for Peace project aims to explore how Anabaptist and other philosophies of peacemaking are incorporated into various language courses — Spanish, German, Korean,...

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Pastor nudged church to act on civil rights

Jun 2, 2014 by and

Vincent Harding, a civil rights activist and former Mennonite pastor who wrote Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “Beyond Vietnam” antiwar speech, died May 19 in Philadelphia. He was 82. Harding served as...

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In bombing, MCC Nigeria sees signs of peace

Jun 2, 2014 by and

When Mugu Zakka Bako arrived at the scene of twin bomb blasts May 20 at a busy market in Jos, Nigeria, he saw more than the destruction, billowing smoke, injured people and charred remains. Bako saw Muslims...

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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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