Panel calls for ‘cultural shift’ to prevent abuse

Apr 16, 2018 by , , and

LANSDALE, Pa. — After two years of work, the Mennonite Church USA Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention presented their observations and recommendations, notably regarding noncredentialed leaders, to the MC USA...

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Symposium highlights higher education histories

Apr 16, 2018 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Students and seasoned scholars alike gathered March 24 at Eastern Mennonite University for the Centennial Histories Symposium, featuring the authors of five histories of Mennonite higher...

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Many are disappointed

Apr 9, 2018 by

Thank you, E. Daniel Martin, for “Why Lancaster Conference Got an Annulment” (Letters & Comments, March 12). He clearly states why so many are disappointed with Mennonite Church USA and leaving it in...

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Opinion: Mennonite Church USA’s biblical evangelism

Apr 4, 2018 by

As a member of a Mennonite Church USA congregation, I would like to respond to E. Daniel Martin’s characterizations of us (“Why Lancaster Conference Got an Annulment,” Letters & Comments, March...

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Opinion: Why Lancaster Conference left

Mar 26, 2018 by

Since leaders and writers from outside Lancaster Mennonite Conference have offered their perspectives on why LMC withdrew from Mennonite Church USA, I will add my voice. I was part of LMC when we decided to...

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HP-free justice

Mar 26, 2018 by

In faithful response to the Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine resolution that passed overwhelmingly at the 2017 Mennonite Church USA convention, Manhattan (Kan.) Mennonite Church unanimously voted Feb. 19...

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Mennonites’ crisis of secularism

Mar 23, 2018 by

My millennial generation is post-Christian, and we in Mennonite Church USA urgently need to talk about this. In the United States, religious engagement among youth is at a low not seen in decades, if ever, and...

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Lancaster’s annulment

Mar 12, 2018 by

In “Lancaster Chooses Its Own Path” (History, Feb. 12), Rich Preheim states that Lancaster Mennonite Conference is “apparently not the marrying kind” and that this led to its divorce from Mennonite...

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Leaders of color call for embracing diversity as a gift

Feb 26, 2018 by , , and

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Nearly 70 pastors, leaders, directors, coordinators, educators, change-makers and others with connections to Mennonite Church USA met Feb. 8-11 at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel for...

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A sinking ship

Feb 26, 2018 by

The Martyrs Mirror picture of Dirk Willems rescuing his pursuer came to mind as I pondered the tragic state of Mennonite Church USA. I saw the church in the position of Dirk’s pursuer, helpless and drowning,...

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Prince of Peace’s troops

Feb 26, 2018 by

President Trump wanted a military parade. Were the troops and the brass eager to strike up a band? “I used to watch them in Bulgaria,” tweeted retired Gen. Michael Hayden, implying a dim view of such...

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Mennonite Men build faith bonds

Feb 19, 2018 by and

The binational organization Mennonite Men has been long known for building churches through its grant fundraising. Now it’s making more intentional efforts to build spiritual bonds of masculinity. Over the...

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Do we want to get well?

Feb 16, 2018 by and

“As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” — Prov. 26:11 We find ourselves, again, in a place of sadness, anger and pain in the aftermath of a mass shooting. A teacher and 17 students...

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Anabaptist by the original definition

Feb 9, 2018 by

The next executive director of Mennonite Church USA calls himself a “traditional Anabaptist,” having been rebaptized at Calvary Community Church, a Mennonite congregation in Hampton, Va. He’s also a...

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Schools to form a closer relationship

Jan 22, 2018 by

A new association connecting Mennonite Church USA’s institutions of higher education will launch Feb. 1. The Mennonite Higher Education Association’s goals include strengthening the schools’...

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Can Mennonite Voluntary Service be saved?

Jan 8, 2018 by

In 2009 when I graduated from college, I chose to go into Mennonite Voluntary Service (MVS). I made the choice independently, only to discover that many of my friends were also choosing a year of service in...

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Watson: A director, not a pastor

Jan 1, 2018 by

When a congregation goes through a pastoral transition, it has a lot of conversations. What do we want in a pastor? A good preacher? An activist? Someone who is good at visitation? Someone skilled in conflict...

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2017 Review: Congo suffering, North American realignment

Dec 18, 2017 by and

While North American Mennonites sped the pace of change in their church structures, Mennonites in the Democratic Republic of Congo dealt with matters of life and death. Ethnic and political violence drove at...

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Year of the tribe

Dec 18, 2017 by

Among the trends of 2017, tribalism stands out. All around us, people define themselves by separating one group from another. Republican or Democrat, black or white, Christian or Muslim. The distinctions...

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History: Alternative history — what if?

Nov 20, 2017 by

What if? It’s one of the great history games, speculating on alternative outcomes if events had happened differently. What if Abraham Lincoln had decided not to go to the theater on April 14, 1865? What if...

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Spirit and truth in the mainline

Oct 23, 2017 by

Every time we meet, a mainline Protestant pastor bemoans the decline of churches like his. Fewer members, lower attendance, congregations closing. Yes, it is all true. Yes, but. Though ordained in the...

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MC USA wants to get all schools on same page

Oct 11, 2017 by and

A task force is proposing a more cooperative and consistent relationship between Mennonite Church USA and its institutions of higher education. “We’re envisioning a relationship based more on collaboration...

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Hopi school is left in disarray

Oct 9, 2017 by and

Disheveled classrooms and missing equipment are some of the challenges facing Mennonite Education Agency as it discerns how to get Hopi Mission School up and running again. Mennonite Church...

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Franklin Conference joining Lancaster

Oct 9, 2017 by

Franklin Mennonite Conference is joining Lancaster Mennonite Conference a year and a half after departing Mennonite Church USA. Franklin lay delegates and credentialed members voted Sept. 28 to affirm the...

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What is ‘third way’?

Oct 9, 2017 by

Growing up as a baptized Mennonite, I have always been confused by the claim of Mennonite Church USA to be applying God’s Word the “third way.” Does this mean there is God’s Word, the world’s words...

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