Excellent Bible study

Jun 15, 2020 by

In response to Jonathan Stoltzfus (Letters & Comments, May 4): We did not find any deception on the part of Menno­Media in using Laura Brenneman’s writings. The Mennonite Congregation of Boston used...

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Right discrimination

Mar 23, 2020 by

Our culture says it is OK to be gay. This is a lie. The church is being deceived. Our culture no longer believes in a God who gave us universal standards for living. Our culture and our nation are heading for...

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Illinois pastors allowed to officiate same-sex marriages

Mar 2, 2020 by and

After a same-sex wedding tested the limits of ambiguity in Illinois Mennonite Conference policies, delegates voted to allow pastors to officiate such weddings at the conference’s annual business meeting Feb....

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Beyond harm and loss

Feb 10, 2020 by

Words of apology and confession last month showed Mennonite Church USA has come a long way ­toward accepting LGBTQ people as equal members of the body of Christ. The apology came from Rebecca Stoltzfus,...

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MC USA policies harm LGBTQ people, report says

Jan 28, 2020 by

Statements of regret, confession and grief for harm done to LGBTQ people punctuate the report of the Membership Guidelines Advisory Group. Mennonite Church USA policies “have done violence to the...

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Group recommends retiring MC USA Membership Guidelines

Jan 28, 2020 by

A Mennonite Church USA advisory group is recommending “retiring” the denomination’s Membership Guidelines and adopting a “healing practice of nondiscrimination” regarding LGBTQ people. The...

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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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What’s the answer if a covenant isn’t working?

Nov 4, 2019 by and

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Constituency Leaders Council of Mennonite Church USA heard plans for moving forward on addressing the denomination’s membership guidelines Oct. 17-18 at Trinity Mennonite Church. At...

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Delegates expand youth involvement, receive resolution on “abuse of child migrants”

Jul 5, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Youth gained a larger voice in Mennonite Church USA decisions July 5 as delegates approved a bylaw change allowing more 16- to 21-year-olds as voting delegates. Congregations may now...

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600,000 divided by 67

May 27, 2019 by

Does your church have a reason to be? There’s a reason it began, but does it have a purpose today? If your great-grandparents needed a shorter drive for the horse and buggy, that doesn’t count any...

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We lose, we leave

May 13, 2019 by

Your March 18 editorial, “A Common Struggle,” says Mennonites and United Meth­odists are alike in that, when decisions go against them, theological conservatives tend to leave while liberals tend to stay...

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What’s the difference?

Apr 29, 2019 by

The new LMC seems similar to the old Lancaster Mennonite Conference, which pursued its separate ways, founded its own mission board, enforced strict behavior and in general looked at those who did not believe...

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Room for difference

Apr 1, 2019 by

I appreciate Paul Schrag’s editorial (“A Common Struggle,” March 12), which says, “Let each [Mennonite Church USA] conference choose whether to allow same-sex marriages and LGBTQ pastors. This is...

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A common struggle

Mar 18, 2019 by

Few of us dive eagerly into issues of sexuality and church governance, but the Mennonite Church USA Constituency Leaders Council knows it is necessary. Any denomination with traditional and progressive wings...

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Despairing for Mennonite Church USA

Feb 28, 2019 by

When Mennonite Church USA was formed in 2000 by the merger of the Mennonite Church and the General Conference Mennonite Church (minus the Canadian halves of those two denominations who joined to form a...

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Mennonite publications should uplift the community

Feb 26, 2019 by

Mennonite publications play an essential role in our community. Not only do they share news from Anabaptists around the world, they’re also a vital forum for honest and difficult conversations. No matter how...

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A model of love

Feb 18, 2019 by

How fortunate Doug Lehman is to have a mother who models the love of his heavenly parent (“Pink Menno Grandmother’s Activism Came Naturally”). How fortunate the LGBTQ community is to have a person like...

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Bearing a light yoke

Feb 18, 2019 by and

Jesus gives light burdens. He says so after telling his followers to “take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.” Then he adds, “My yoke is easy and my burden is...

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Reasons we support same-sex marriage — or not

Feb 1, 2019 by

1. Our nation recognizes two men or two women committing themselves in marriage. We who follow Jesus often resist the norms of society around us. Nonetheless, our surrounding culture impacts us: we...

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Pink Menno Grandmother’s activism came naturally

Jan 28, 2019 by and

Ruby Lehman of Harrisonburg, Va., is an 87-year-old retired schoolteacher, member of Park View Mennonite Church, world traveler, mother of four, white-haired extrovert with an easy smile and gay-rights...

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Not a compromise

Dec 17, 2018 by

“Statement Calls for Wider Welcome While Affirming Traditional Teaching on Sexuality” describes the “We Will Live in Grace and Truth” statement as “meant to bridge the gap between traditional and...

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When will we listen?

Nov 5, 2018 by

I read with great pride (oops, maybe I am about to fall) your editorial, “No Fear of Feminism” (Oct. 8). I wonder how long it will take for Mennonites/Anabaptists of all stripes to understand the...

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Show mercy like Jesus

Oct 5, 2018 by

A common perception is that Christians lack compassion, humility and kindness. Fair or unfair, the impression has stuck that we in the church often resemble the biblical Pharisees. One commentator refers to...

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Statement calls for wider welcome while affirming traditional teaching on sexuality

Oct 1, 2018 by and

A group of pastors and leaders in Virginia Mennonite Conference is inviting other pastors and leaders in Mennonite Church USA to sign a statement meant to bridge the gap between traditional and progressive...

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MCC may allow exceptions to ‘lifestyle expectations’

Mar 19, 2018 by and

Mennonite Central Committee’s U.S. and Canada boards have approved the possibility of exceptions to the “lifestyle expectations” for some MCC personnel, although those parameters have not been completely...

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