Connected at the cross

Apr 15, 2019 by and

Connections brought a wooden cross to Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference, and further connections are taking it on a pilgrimage to each congregation. Made of interlocking pieces of wood in contrasting...

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Conduct unbecoming

Apr 15, 2019 by

An open memo to the Mennonite Church USA Constit­u­ency Leaders Council regarding its review of the Membership Guidelines: Please, bring before the delegate assembly of the 2019 convention a resolution to...

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TMI released for possible merger with MWR

Apr 8, 2019 by , , and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In its final in-person meeting before the Mennonite Church USA convention in July, the denomination’s Executive Board on March 31-April 2 unanimously accepted terms to release The...

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Room for difference

Apr 1, 2019 by

I appreciate Paul Schrag’s editorial (“A Common Struggle,” March 12), which says, “Let each [Mennonite Church USA] conference choose whether to allow same-sex marriages and LGBTQ pastors. This is...

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Canadian aids Tanzanian disciple-making

Mar 25, 2019 by and

SHIRATI, Tanzania — Fifty Tanzanian Mennonite leaders, guided by Palmer Becker, a Canadian Mennonite author and teacher, studied spiritual leadership, pastoral care and Anabaptist essentials Feb. 14-16. They...

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LMC breaks new ground

Mar 25, 2019 by and

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — Leaving Mennonite Church USA on Dec. 31, 2017, brought one of the biggest changes LMC (formerly Lancaster Mennonite Conference) had undergone in dec­ades. Now the Anabaptist fellowship of...

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A common struggle

Mar 18, 2019 by

Few of us dive eagerly into issues of sexuality and church governance, but the Mennonite Church USA Constituency Leaders Council knows it is necessary. Any denomination with traditional and progressive wings...

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Denver church an intercultural effort

Mar 11, 2019 by and

A Denver area congregation’s efforts to be intercultural go far beyond being merely multicultural. Rather than a collection of cultures and identities tolerating each other but lacking mutual roots...

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MC USA to revisit Membership Guidelines

Mar 4, 2019 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — Mennonite Church USA is considering changes to its Membership Guidelines. Policy and practice no longer match, leaving people dissatisfied on issues of sexuality and inclusion. The...

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Despairing for Mennonite Church USA

Feb 28, 2019 by

When Mennonite Church USA was formed in 2000 by the merger of the Mennonite Church and the General Conference Mennonite Church (minus the Canadian halves of those two denominations who joined to form a...

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Mennonite publications should uplift the community

Feb 26, 2019 by

Mennonite publications play an essential role in our community. Not only do they share news from Anabaptists around the world, they’re also a vital forum for honest and difficult conversations. No matter how...

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From persecution to reconciliation

Feb 4, 2019 by

SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. — Persecution of Anabaptists in the 16th century by Catholic, Lutheran and Reformed churches created centuries of mutual mistrust and suspicion. In the last 30 years, however, these...

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Music leaders test songs for hymnal coming in 2020

Feb 4, 2019 by

MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. — Anticipation for the new Voices Together music and worship collection — which is nearing the end of the research, song-collection and testing phase — was in high gear Jan. 11-13 at...

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Hope rises in Ohio Conference

Feb 4, 2019 by and

In late 2016, Ohio Mennonite Conference regional pastor Cliff Brubaker decided to hit the road and visit every congregation in the conference. He estimates he got to 47 out of 55, most of which are in Ohio,...

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Evana’s new leader looks for growth, collaboration

Jan 28, 2019 by and

Evana Network’s next executive director foresees the group broadening its tent and continuing a conversation among Mennonites and like-minded Anabap­tists about how to collaborate. The evangelical...

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Marketing isolation

Jan 21, 2019 by

The Dec. 17 editorial, “Two Trends to Watch,” highlighted the was “loss of trust in institutions.” This should be understood as a deeper loss of connection to institutions. There is an epidemic of...

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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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