Heritage Week causes division in Canada

Jun 24, 2019 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — It seemed like an inoffensive gesture for the House of Commons to initiate a Mennonite Heritage Week, but reaction from Mennonites has been split, with some concerned the recognition goes...

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MB mission organization announces strategy shifts

Jun 24, 2019 by

Multiply, the missions organization for the Canadian and U.S. Mennonite Brethren conferences, announced on June 14 it is releasing its multi-denominational church planting efforts, formerly known in Canada as...

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Longhurst: Gardening with Sikhs

Jun 10, 2019 by

What do you do if the nearest worshiping community to your church is a Sikh gurdwara? Plant a garden together, of course. That’s what River East Church, a Mennonite Brethren congregation in Winnipeg, Man.,...

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USMB board tests statement on women in ministry

May 27, 2019 by

U.S. Mennonite Brethren are discerning what — if any — changes could be considered when it comes to women in ministerial leadership. The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches denominational...

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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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Slam-bam cookies

May 6, 2019 by

We left Hillsboro, Kan., more than three decades ago, but we still think of it often. Fondly, I might add. Especially while cooking. When Millie and I moved to Fresno, Calif., in 1982, after working for the...

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Longhurst: Canadian war-tax resisters

Apr 29, 2019 by

Like other Canadians, every year Ernie and Charlotte Wiens file their taxes. Unlike others, the LaSalle, Man., farming couple doesn’t send the federal government everything it says they owe — the part that...

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Canadian author looks back on controversy, faith

Apr 29, 2019 by and

Fifty-seven years ago, a young Mennonite author published a book that turned the Canadian Mennonite world upside down. That author was Rudy Wiebe, and the book was Peace Shall Destroy Many — the first novel...

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Removing an obstacle

Feb 4, 2019 by and

Mennonite Brethren are a praying people. Whatever they decide is God’s will for them, you can be sure they prayed a lot about it. The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches’ study conference on...

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Longhurst: Pioneer woman

Feb 4, 2019 by

Before #MeToo and #ChurchToo — before there even was the internet—there was Winnipegger Peggy Unruh Regehr. Unruh Regehr, who died Sept. 27 at the age of 89, was a pioneer in championing the cause of women...

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U.S. MBs discuss women in pastoral ministry

Jan 18, 2019 by and

TEMPE, Ariz. — Enough U.S. Mennonite Brethren want to allow women as lead pastors that they’ve opened an official discussion about it. Recognizing diversity of belief, they want to build unity and...

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Ukrainians witness amid suffering, hope

Jan 7, 2019 by and

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — In a region that thousands of Mennonites left generations ago, two dozen of today’s Mennonite leaders from across Europe gathered for three days of fellowship in October. Hosted by...

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Drinking coffee with Canada’s National Mennonite Historical Society

Dec 3, 2018 by

Over the Nov. 15-17 weekend, I listened to no less than 30 academic presentations in a space of 2.5 days as Canada’s National Mennonite Historical Society hosted scholars and speakers for the annual...

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Much to gain if periodicals merge

Nov 5, 2018 by and

The future of Mennonite journalism is the talk of the church. The proposed merger of Mennonite World Review Inc. and The Mennonite Inc. has got people thinking about what might be gained or lost in a merger...

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Unconventional thinking for youth

Nov 5, 2018 by and

National youth conventions are the canary in several Anabaptist coalmines. Declining participation requires new approaches to our relationship with the leaders of tomorrow’s churches. Faced with steadily...

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Trust not in division

Oct 22, 2018 by and

From church divisions to political mudslinging, trust is in short supply. Mennonite Church USA’s Southeast Mennonite Conference voted Oct. 5-6 to leave the denomination. The U.S. election — finally mere...

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Uruguayan MBs growing, with an assist from Brazil

Oct 22, 2018 by and

The Mennonite Brethren church in Uruguay is growing in a big way, and its transformation is an expression of increasing cooperation between MBs in Latin America. Consejo de las Congregaciones de los Hermanos...

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Finding the right fit

Sep 24, 2018 by

A pastor who doesn’t fit in one place might flourish somewhere else. In two important cases recently, good pastors had to move on (without leaving their congregations). The reasons, and the changes that...

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Mennonite identity amid the Fresno fiasco

Sep 12, 2018 by

A lot of talk has been happening in the Mennonite Twitter world (which is a pretty weird overlap of two very different realms) in the past few days about changes in a master’s program at Fresno Pacific...

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Fresno Pacific’s theological cocktail

Sep 10, 2018 by

Last week, Mennonite World Review reported that Fresno Pacific University in California had removed the president of its seminary, Terry Brensinger, and announced that pastors Greg Boyd, Brian Zahnd and Bruxy...

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MB seminary demotes president, ousts 3 lecturers

Sep 3, 2018 by and

In response to concerns from Mennonite Brethren constituents, Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University has removed its seminary’s president and severed ties with three high-profile pastors. FPU announced Aug. 15...

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Mennonite Brethren to gather for study on women in ministry

Sep 3, 2018 by and

The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches has scheduled a national study conference to discuss what Scripture says about women in ministry and to gain understanding of different views. The...

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MBs tour Mormon sites, Salt Lake City ministries

Aug 20, 2018 by

SALT LAKE CITY — MB Foundation sponsored a tour of Mormon and Mennonite sites July 26 in conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches national convention. The tour provided 88...

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Former inmate leads a church inside a prison

Jul 23, 2018 by and

Pastor Ignacio Chamorro Ramírez’s flock isn’t typical. “My members are rapists, kidnappers, murderers and fraudsters — all washed by the blood of Jesus our Lord,” he said. Chamorro directs an...

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Canadian MBs join trend to decentralize

Jul 23, 2018 by and

Less is going to be more in a new approach to national decision-making and structure approved by Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches delegates July 14 in Saskatoon, Sask. With 97 percent...

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