More precious than gold

Mar 9, 2020 by and

HILLSBORO, Kan. — At the first North American event celebrating the centennial of Mennonite Central Committee, Tabor College unveiled a treasure from MCC’s history. A wooden case on the stage of the Shari...

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No cause for shame

Feb 24, 2020 by

When 30 pastors gathered to talk about mental-health issues, one offered the perspective of both a caregiver and one in need of care. “As a patient, I can feel isolated,” said Tom Harder, pastor of First...

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Goshen College graduate to coach in Super Bowl

Jan 27, 2020 by and

As Katie Sowers prepares to make history as the first female and first openly gay person to coach in a Super Bowl, Goshen (Ind.) College has released a statement apologizing for discrimination she experienced...

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In MCC’s centennial year, relief sales keep evolving

Jan 20, 2020 by and

As one relief sale sets a lofty goal to celebrate Mennonite Central Committee’s centennial in 2020, others continue a trend of reinvention to be smaller and less reliant on scores of volunteers. The Kansas...

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History: From Dirk Willems to Hurricane Camille

Dec 23, 2019 by

Another year is about to pass into history. But before it does, let’s recognize some of the anniversaries of 2019 that commemorated special events and developments in the annals of Anabaptism. 450 years ago...

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Bethel avoids probation, accreditation ‘on notice’

Dec 2, 2019 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Bethel College avoided probation in November when it learned its accrediting body chose instead to put the college “on notice” due to concerns about its financial health and...

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Bethel College community reacts to sexual assault arrest

Nov 18, 2019 by and

The arrest of a North Newton, Kan., man has prompted the Bethel College community to evaluate how it responds to allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Ted Mueller, 84, was arrested Oct. 31 at his home...

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History: Mennonite sisterhood of service

Nov 11, 2019 by

In 1890, American Mennonite women had few opportunities to serve the church in a formal capacity. Pastoral ministry was reserved for men, and Mennonite mission work was still in its infancy. David ­Goerz...

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God Speaks Potawatomi

Aug 12, 2019 by and

On Pentecost Sunday, God’s words in the Potawatomi language, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters will prophesy,” anointed the day’s journey for 19 Trail of Death...

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History: 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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A very private residence

Jun 18, 2019 by

In 2005, Arlan Kaufman and his wife Linda went on trial in Wichita, Kan., on federal charges that included Medicare fraud and involuntary servitude. A friend of mine attended the trial with the intention of...

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Warming relations

Feb 4, 2019 by and

What the world needs now is more Coffee Corners. In a time of so much division and strife, it’s refreshing to see people spot a problem and do something about it. The pop-up Hutchinson, Kan., ministry of...

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Kansas ministry offers warmth to homeless community

Feb 4, 2019 by and

Yes, there’s a homeless shelter in Hutchinson, Kan., but no, it’s only open at night. That bothered Lois Mast and her daughter Heidi Mast, who recognized the cold can be just as bitter when people are...

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Kansas congregation celebrates building expansion

Aug 27, 2018 by and

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Anne Bailey had waited for years for the moment on Aug. 12 when Peace Mennonite Church dedicated its expanded building, filling worshipers with goose-bump awe over the lively acoustics. As...

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Kansas teacher central to ACLU Israel boycott lawsuit

Oct 12, 2017 by and

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Oct. 11 on behalf of a Mennonite teacher challenging a new Kansas law barring state contractors from taking part in boycotts against Israel. Esther...

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Journey of discovery

Aug 12, 2014 by and

GOESSEL, Kan. — A traveler left Rocky Ford, Colo., this spring, seeking a destination in Kansas to complete a journey that has spanned nearly half a century. John Stiles parked his one-man caravan at...

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Beachy Amish define beliefs

Apr 16, 2014 by and

YODER, Kan. — Beachy Amish Mennonite ministers adopted the group’s first statement of faith at their national meetings April 9-11. Outgoing bishops committee chair David Yoder of Partridge said the...

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MCC meat canning can be a family affair

Jan 7, 2013 by and

Almost every year, an entry appears on the October page of the Schroeder family calendar that looks a lot like the previous year’s. It’s near the bottom of the page, late in the month. It says something...

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