Manitoba church fills 100 panes with stained glass

May 11, 2015 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — As fire transforms sand into glass, so God’s power transforms people into beautiful reflections. For a group of 20 from River East Mennonite Brethren Church, this truth became tangible as...

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Lift every voice

May 11, 2015 by

Every generation has its own music, and the previous one usually doesn’t like it. That’s the way of the world. And in the church? Yes, there’s a generation gap there, too. But young and old can still...

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Song fills Amish daily life

May 11, 2015 by

In Why the Amish Sing, D. Rose Elder considers the role music plays in the life of Amish people, providing as well an in-depth analysis of songs used by the Amish, and the ways those songs inform Amish thought...

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War crimes

May 11, 2015 by

Would it go beyond the pale to ask if our president is a war criminal? According to the blog, “Pray for U.S.,” as of March 18, 2013, President Obama had killed 204 children by drone attacks. On average,...

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African-American pastors, leaders make connections

May 11, 2015 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — About 30 African-American Mennonite pastors and lay leaders expressed optimism, hope and surprise during a gathering April 24-25 at Mennonite Mission Network and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical...

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Love controls the spiritual gifts

May 11, 2015 by

May 24 is Pentecost Sunday in the Christian calendar and the Festival of Weeks in the Jewish calendar. It is the second of the three pilgrimage festivals stipulated in Ex. 23:13-17, celebrating the early...

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Owning our choices

May 11, 2015 by

Don Patterson (Letters & Comments, April 13) writes that his congregation, Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church of Kalona, Iowa, is being “forced out” of Mennonite Church USA. That sounds a little...

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Shaken foundation

May 11, 2015 by

Natural disasters highlight some of the best, worst and most unexplainable pieces of humanity. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, killing more than 7,500 and thrusting incredible natural...

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Drawing the ‘Lines’

May 11, 2015 by

The announcements of congregational withdrawals from Mennonite Church USA and the subsequent formation of new affiliations have generated considerable anxiety in the church at large. But a similar process of...

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Bridges, marches and ‘foot soldiers’

May 11, 2015 by

I thought I knew the civil rights story, but a weeklong seminar with Hesston College students, faculty, staff and friends March 7-14 gave me much more. What I knew were the broad outlines, major events and...

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In a reversal of Babel, languages no barrier to building church in Congo

May 11, 2015 by and

A global village came together in February to raise the rafters of a new building that will house Kanzala Mennonite Church in Tshikapa, Congo. Three years ago, high wind and torrential rain destroyed the...

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Opinion: Building an alternative

May 11, 2015 by

I remember walking down the street in Hesston, Kan., in 1946 toward Aden Holdeman’s machine shop. In the lead was my father, Jess Kauffman, then 35 years old and pastor of Hesston Mennonite Church. With him...

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Unconditional giving transforms us

May 11, 2015 by

Now as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you — so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. — 2 Corinthians 8:7 While in...

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God’s love shines

May 11, 2015 by

I am grateful for wonderful teachers like Esther Kratzer Koontz who catch the essence and vision of the Shine curriculum (“Sunday School Shines,” April 13). Thank you to Esther for sharing her testimony....

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‘Fast’ family

May 11, 2015 by

Sometimes, images echoing the kingdom of God show up in unexpected places. Furious 7, the latest in the Fast & Furious franchise, took in an astounding $1 billion in 17 days. In the Washington Post,...

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MB youth challenged to consider their identity

May 11, 2015 by

DENVER — Every four years, high school students from Mennonite Brethren churches across the country get together for the largest gathering of Mennonite Brethren in the United States. This year, 780 students...

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MWR wins seven awards from press association

May 8, 2015 by

TORONTO — Mennonite World Review won seven awards, its second most ever, at the annual convention of Associated Church Press on May 1. For the 13th year in a row, MWR won one of the top three awards for...

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Charges dropped in immigration detention protest

May 7, 2015 by and

LUMPKIN, Ga. — A judge in Georgia on April 9 dropped charges against a group of immigrant-rights activists, including the leader of an Anabaptist community. At the culmination of a Nov. 22 vigil, five...

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Board’s resolution ‘tests’ Membership Guidelines

May 4, 2015 by and

Announcing a new resolution for delegates May 4, the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board says it is “testing the status” of the denomination’s Membership Guidelines. The resolution asks delegates at the...

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Small Canadian conference puts ‘Christian’ first

May 4, 2015 by and

The Chortitzer Mennonite Conference, with 10 congregations in western Canada, has chosen a simpler name. At their annual meeting in Steinbach, Man., on April 18, delegates voted to be called Christian...

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EMU president announces retirement

May 4, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Eastern Mennonite University President Loren E. Swartzendruber announced April 30 that he plans to retire June 30, 2016. The date will mark 13 years of leadership as the university’s...

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MCC responds with food, shelter, supplies in Nepal

Apr 30, 2015 by and

Mennonite Central Committee will begin its Nepal earthquake response by working with a local organization in the remote, eastern area of the country, providing food and other essential items to affected...

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MWC visa problems fewer than feared

Apr 27, 2015 by

People who need visas to attend the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Harrisburg, Pa., July 21-26 have encountered fewer problems than expected. For more than a year, a Visa Task Force has been preparing...

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It’s time for a new hymnal

Apr 27, 2015 by

The time is near for the next generation’s hymnal. Scheduled for release in 2020, it will be more than a printed book. Representatives from MennoMedia, Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA laid...

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