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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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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