Opinion: No pink in MWC’s rainbow

Sep 14, 2015 by and

We found much to love about the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Harrisburg, Pa., in July. Spectacular music complemented thought-provoking speakers. Diverse Mennonites discussed justice and...

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A missionary’s legacy

Aug 11, 2015 by

The name Makanalia is one I’ve known for almost as long as I can remember. My father, Lewis Sider, had a very special relationship with this woman he first met in 1954 when she was a young girl living in her...

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Young adults seek to impact the world by sharing gifts

Aug 3, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Mennonite World Conference Global Youth Summit concluded July 19 with a strong desire to impact the world by sharing young adults’ gifts. Under the theme “Called to Share: My Gifts,...

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Rock on, and repent

Aug 3, 2015 by

It might have been providential that U.S. Anabaptists got to host the Mennonite World Conference assembly for the first time in 38 years. While conflict over sexuality is tearing apart the largest U.S....

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The children are watching

Aug 3, 2015 by

Young people got a chance to stand before the main microphone every day at the Mennonite World Conference assembly, and they made the most of it. Marc Pasqués of Spain and Australia spoke of the effort a few...

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MWC General Council fosters interdependence

Aug 3, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In four days of meetings just prior to the July 21-26 Mennonite World Conference assembly, the General Council took additional steps in the journey toward interdependence in the global...

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Coming to a gathering space at assembly

Aug 3, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Roland Yoder presided over what he called “an innocent form of community graffiti” as he watched the hub of activity around the three-dimensional sculpture of the Mennonite World...

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Women share stories of ordination and peacebuilding

Aug 1, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Anabaptist women discussed the dynamics of gender and theological identities in a variety of workshops at the Mennonite World Conference assembly. Marlene Epp said the Anabaptist peace...

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700 teenagers add youthful vibe to assembly

Jul 31, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Megan Breidigan may be only 16, but she’s already figured out there’s nothing quite like a Mennonite World Conference assembly. The Douglasville high school student said it is different...

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In the Anabaptist world, unity is alive and well

Jul 31, 2015 by

It’s been an interesting month. I attended both the Mennonite Church USA convention in Kansas City, Mo., and the Mennonite World Conference global assembly in Harrisburg, Pa. As a member of a congregation...

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Looking back to colonization, and forward to justice and peace

Jul 30, 2015 by

Looking back to the Mennonite World Conference in Harrisburg, Pa., I am glad that the opening ceremony started with indigenous music, a reconciliation song. A recount of the taking of the lands by European...

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Assembly closing welcomes new MWC president

Jul 26, 2015 by and

Love for neighbor is absolutely central to the gospel, speaker Bruxy Cavey said in the final mass worship service of Mennonite World Conference assembly on July 25, which saw the passing of a symbolic...

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How to celebrate 500 years

Jul 25, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Mennonite World Conference held its first assembly in 1925, which was the 400th anniversary of the beginning of the Anabaptist movement. With the 500th anniversary only 10 years away, many...

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Peace workers imagine a global network

Jul 24, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Mennonite peace workers from around the world huddled in a tent July 24 at the Mennonite World Conference assembly to dream of a global Anabaptist peace network. Though many advocated for...

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Historians address Nazi influence on Mennonites at MWC assembly

Jul 24, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — An influential chapter of 20th-century German Mennonite history that has been predominantly either romanticized or glossed over received significant attention in back-to-back workshops by...

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Ecumenical relations mark MWC meetings

Jul 24, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — During both morning and evening worship sessions on July 22 and 23 at the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Harrisburg, representatives from various Christian communions brought...

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Mukawa calls for reconciliation with God, others

Jul 24, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Nzuzi Mukawa, a Congolese Mennonite Brethren pastor and educator and the MB Mission team leader for Sub-Saharan Africa, challenged his audience to leave Mennonite World Conference assembly...

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Praising in painful times

Jul 23, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Yukari Kaga, a pastor from Hokkaido, Japan, admitted Peter’s praise in his letter to the early church seems “a little strange to me.” Peter wrote this letter (1 Peter) in such a cruel...

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MWC assembly opens with call for walking together

Jul 22, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The 16th Mennonite World Conference Assembly opened July 21 in Harrisburg, with a parade of Mennonites from across the globe, with confession of past treatment of Native Americans in...

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On the road to Mennonite World Conference

Jul 21, 2015 by

Leading up to and following Mennonite World Conference’s assembly in Harrisburg, Pa., Anabaptists are taking part in Assembly Scattered learning tours and events around the country. One tour led by...

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6,500 are registered for global assembly

Jun 29, 2015 by and

Mennonite World Conference assembly planners are putting final details in place for the July 21-26 event, which will draw more than 6,500 Anabaptists to Harrisburg, Pa. “We are very excited with how the...

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Football’s fair share

Jun 22, 2015 by

The beautiful (Mennonite) game is coming to the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Harrisburg, Pa. Teams of many cultures and languages will pass, shoot and maybe shove just a little bit around football...

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MWC visa problems fewer than feared

Apr 27, 2015 by

People who need visas to attend the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Harrisburg, Pa., July 21-26 have encountered fewer problems than expected. For more than a year, a Visa Task Force has been preparing...

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Neckties make global ties for MWC

Mar 2, 2015 by and

AKRON, Pa. — Mennonite World Conference is making the concept of “global ties” literal. Each of the thousands of Anabaptists from around the world arriving in Harrisburg in July for the MWC assembly will...

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Rare opportunity for transformative experience

Jan 12, 2015 by

Amid growing anticipation about the Mennonite World Conference assembly July 21-26 in Harrisburg, Pa., a number of questions keep surfacing within North American churches. MWC general secretary César García...

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