History: Gold or not, West Coast beckoned

May 27, 2019 by

By the mid-19th century, North American Mennonites and Amish had barely crossed the Mississippi River, venturing west only as far as southeastern Iowa. That changed with the discovery of gold in California in...

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History: From ‘Tauferkammer’ to Burkina Faso

Dec 3, 2018 by

In 1743, 275 years ago, the Swiss city of Bern dissolved its Commission for Anabaptist Affairs, or Tauferkammer. It had been established in 1659 to oversee the elimination of the local Anabaptist population....

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Confessing without forcing

Jun 22, 2015 by

Like so many other Christian groups, Mennonite Church USA has an LGBTQ issue. But more than that, MC USA has a history problem. Unfortunately, as has happened for three decades, the two will no doubt clash at...

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Authority unsettled

Feb 16, 2015 by

In preparation for the merger of the General Conference Mennonite Church and Mennonite Church, the 1999 proposed Membership Guidelines had statements giving congregations authority in regard to members as part...

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The future of unity

Feb 16, 2015 by

Uniting the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church seemed like a good idea 20 years ago. And it still does, though the shine has tarnished. Losses have been greater than expected. The hope of...

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Cultural divide splits MC USA in survey results

Jan 19, 2015 by and

Though same-sex relationships dominate Mennonite Church USA conversations, the “real cultural divide” includes many deeply rooted factors, says Conrad Kanagy. “It’s quite clear now this is not one...

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What is a conservative to do?

Sep 1, 2014 by

When I supported the merger of the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church, I was not aware of the profound differences between the two groups. The MCs traditionally had a top-down,...

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A failed relationship

Jul 21, 2014 by

It seems the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church decided to live together without getting married. They never tried to resolve their different organizational visions. The Mennonite Church...

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Opinion: Welcoming, not affirming

Apr 28, 2014 by and

How should Mennonite churches respond to noncelibate gay or lesbian people? Pressure to accept them without reservation into the fellowship is strong. My decade and a half with a ministry to people dealing...

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Could conformity be enforced?

Apr 28, 2014 by

The Mennonite Church, after being immersed in turmoil for decades, was barreling toward a potentially catastrophic showdown. With implications for unity, discipline, polity, identity and biblical...

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Patriotism that knows no borders

Mar 17, 2014 by

Genuine patriotism seeks the glory of God and the good of fellowmen in every clime and nation. There are no national boundaries for the truly enlightened child of God. — Daniel Kauffman, 1914 A hundred...

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