Churches, institutions suspend activities due to virus

Mar 16, 2020 by and

Mennonite churches and other organizations are finding new ways to operate or canceling activities to stem the spread of coronavirus. Colleges are replacing in-person classes with remote classes. Mennonite...

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Guidelines’ future

Mar 9, 2020 by

The Membership Guidelines Advisory Group says: “While we recognize that MC USA does not have the authority to require conferences and congregations to adopt this policy, we invite them to join in this...

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Fog of marriage understandings

Mar 9, 2020 by

To the Mennonite Church USA Constituency Leaders Council: Around your table, discussion will soon take place concerning the work of the Membership Guidelines Advisory Group. Concerning marriage, some...

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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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Impulsive action

Feb 24, 2020 by

Is not the panel calling for the retirement of the Membership Guidelines encouraging a very dangerous and impulsive action? Scriptures speak often of the seriousness of sexual lust for all manner of people....

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New York peace center doubles as a church plant

Feb 17, 2020 by and

The first rule of real estate can also be the first rule of church planting. But what is coming together in New York City under the working name “Brooklyn Peace Church” is built upon more than...

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‘Hope’ gathering stresses peace with justice

Feb 17, 2020 by and

DALLAS — Hope for the Future attendees celebrated the legacy of Stanley W. Green, one of the event’s original organizers, and discussed ways to press forward for peace and justice throughout the...

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MC USA Executive Board extends lead time for resolutions

Feb 10, 2020 by

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board revised the denomination’s policy for bringing resolutions to the national delegate assembly during a meeting Jan. 17-18. The revised guidelines...

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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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‘Dear friends in Iran’

Jan 27, 2020 by and

The executive directors of Mennonite Central Committee U.S. and MCC Canada sent the following letter Jan. 9. Dear friends of Mennonite Central Committee in Iran: We write to you in solidarity and friendship at...

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Support for couple natural step in Ill. church’s inclusion

Jan 27, 2020 by

A flock. A family. Branches sprouting from the vine. The bride of Christ. One body. A city on the hill. Scripture is full of meta­phors for congregations and the people who compose them. Laura Brenneman, a...

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Our peace theology

Jan 27, 2020 by

The Mennonites of Hong Kong have a question for us: What is Mennonite peace theology? The query arises from a generational split. Young people believe the church ought to support them in taking to the streets...

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Reunion, divisions

Dec 9, 2019 by

As a Franconia Mennonite Conference native, I was deeply gratified to read that the dec­ades-long effort to reconcile with Eastern District Conference will be completed in 2020. When I was born in 1937, the...

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Group to advise MC USA on Membership Guidelines

Nov 25, 2019 by

An advisory group has been assigned to recommend how to decide the future of the Mennonite Church USA Membership Guidelines. After a Nov. 15-17 meeting in Chicago, the group is expected to deliver a report to...

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Adjusting the dreams

Nov 11, 2019 by

The reunion of Franconia and Eastern District conferences does more than simplify the map of Mennonite Church USA. Healing a 172-year split, it revives a 19th-century vision of unity and shows ­how new...

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Franconia, Eastern District mend a 172-year split

Nov 4, 2019 by and

A history of division became a future of unity when Franconia Mennonite and Eastern District conferences held reconciliation votes Nov. 2 during joint assemblies at Souderton (Pa.) Mennonite Church. The vote...

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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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Wider wisdom

Oct 14, 2019 by

Thank you for the breadth and depth of kingdom news in the Sept. 30 MWR. I feel privileged to have been shaped in my upbringing and professional career by a wide range of Anabaptist as well as various other...

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Groups enlist unity

Oct 14, 2019 by

Opposition to military service continues to unify Anabaptists. An unprecedented number of Anabaptist groups found common ground this summer to sign a letter outlining concerns to the National Commission on...

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Consultation offers peace-church voice on military service

Oct 14, 2019 by and

As a federal commission reviews the Selective Service System and other issues regarding the American public’s relationship with military service, Ana­baptists have given their input. A diverse collection of...

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AMBS board appoints Boshart fourth president

Sep 11, 2019 by

ELKHART, Ind. — The Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary board of directors announced its appointment of David W. Boshart as the seminary’s next president Sept. 10 at an all-campus meeting. Boshart —...

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Family reunited after deportation

Sep 2, 2019 by and

Deportation tore their family apart four years ago in Iowa, but now the Mennonite pastoral couple of Max and Gloria Villatoro — along with their three daughters — are reunited in Mexico and discovering how...

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Model of preaching

Sep 2, 2019 by

A new pastime has come my way: listening via the internet to a dozen or more sermons a week, the majority from Mennonite Church USA venues. The best of these preachers discovered so far is retiring at the end...

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