EMM leader’s termination leaves unanswered questions

Dec 5, 2018 by and

Eastern Mennonite Missions “separated employment with President Nelson Okanya” on Nov. 16, the organization announced in a statement, leaving unanswered questions about what warranted the move and...

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MWC census: Anabaptist world membership up slightly

Nov 26, 2018 by and

Membership in Anabaptist churches worldwide grew 0.7 percent since 2015, according to Mennonite World Conference’s triennial census released Nov. 20. By MWC’s count, the Ana­baptist-Men­non­ite faith...

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Franconia, Eastern District move toward reconciliation

Nov 26, 2018 by

SOUDERTON, Pa. — A historic worship service marked a step toward the possible reconciliation of Eastern District and Franconia Mennonite conferences in 2020. The service at Souderton Mennonite Church was...

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Withdrawal ends publishers’ merger proposal

Nov 19, 2018 by , and

The board of directors of The Mennonite Inc. decided Nov. 13 to withdraw from exploring a merger with Mennonite World Review Inc. “This action comes following the inability of TMI and Mennonite Church USA...

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Synagogue songs embrace Jewish neighbors

Nov 19, 2018 by and

First Mennonite Church of San Francisco found itself in a unique position to offer support to a Jewish community shaken by the Oct. 27 shooting that killed 11 people and wounded six at Tree of Life synagogue...

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Statement on shooting at Tree of Life synagogue

Nov 5, 2018 by

Throughout this year a group of us within Mennonite Church USA has been meeting to discuss Mennonite and Jewish relations. We are pastors, scholars and laypeople. Some of us work for Mennonite agencies and...

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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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At Doxology, praise God and pour the coffee

Nov 5, 2018 by and

Not for the first time, Life­Bridge Community Church saw a need in Dover, Ohio, and did something about it. What used to be the Mennonite congregation’s foyer is now a coffeehouse, which will open to the...

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MC USA director: ‘Be bold enough to speak’

Oct 29, 2018 by

ELK GROVE, Ill. — For anyone in Mennonite Church USA who feels their voice isn’t heard, Glen Guyton advises: Be bold and speak up. “Conservative or progressive, your voice is welcome in Mennonite...

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AMBS president announces retirement

Oct 24, 2018 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — The board of directors of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary announced on Oct. 23 the retirement of President Sara Wenger Shenk, effective June 30. She has served in the role since the...

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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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Southeast Conference withdraws

Oct 15, 2018 by and

After a three-year discernment process, delegates of Southeast Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA have voted to leave the denomination. Southeast’s Leadership Board brought the proposal to the...

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Returning to our commitments

Oct 8, 2018 by

In 2015, the Delegate Assembly of MC USA passed the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse. It says: “We lament that sexual abuse exists not only in our society but also within our own homes, congregations and...

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Allegheny, Central District set aside idea of merger

Oct 1, 2018 by and

While Central District Conference has broadened its geographical reach, its long-distance relationship with Allegheny Mennonite Conference will not result in a merger for now. Allegheny Conference Minister...

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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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Pastor’s credentials restored, in a different conference

Sep 7, 2018 by and

A North Carolina pastor who was sanctioned for officiating a same-sex wedding is back in good standing after his congregation switched conferences. Mennonite Church USA announced Sept. 7 that Central District...

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MC USA board looks toward next two conventions

Aug 27, 2018 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board on Aug. 16-18 looked toward the denomination’s next two conventions, reviewed a strategic plan and discussed a proposal to dissolve The Mennonite...

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MC USA installs first African-American executive director

Aug 27, 2018 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Mennonite Church USA celebrated the leadership of Glen Guyton, the denomination’s first African-American executive director, at an installation service Aug. 18 at College Mennonite...

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Press on the upward way

Jul 30, 2018 by

Because church life has its ups and downs, we can be sure that some who study Mennonite Church USA’s new Pathways curriculum are looking for traction to higher ground. Whether they’ve felt moderate stress...

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Faith leaders’ response to family separation

Jun 18, 2018 by

Separating families is wrong. Selectively using Scripture to justify tearing families apart is dangerous and immoral. In such a time as this, Christians need to discern and be diligent to test what is being...

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Watson: Discomfort empowers

Jun 18, 2018 by

Every so often I find myself humming a hymn I heard several years ago: I found God in myself, I found God in myself, and I loved her fiercely, oh, I loved her fiercely. The song is both breathtaking and...

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Such little change

Jun 4, 2018 by

My enjoyment of competing in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia this spring was undermined by the heavy presence of U.S. Army and Marine Corps recruiting. This is a continuation of the militarization of...

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An honest broker?

Jun 4, 2018 by

Peacemakers believe it is possible to earn the trust of both sides in a conflict. They are careful not to divide the parties into friends and enemies. It’s a narrow path to walk, but Mennonites are trying to...

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‘Voices Together’ announced as title for new hymnal

Jun 1, 2018 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — The new worship and song collection for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada will be called Voices Together. “In early February more than 900 people responded to a title and...

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