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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“Djagalah Anak Kambing Koe” (“Tend My Lambs”)

Nov 12, 2018 by and

Renewal 2027 is a 10-year series of events organized by Mennonite World Conference’s Faith and Life Commission to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Anabaptist movement. This series...

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Colleges not Christian enough

Nov 5, 2018 by

At the time I graduated from Goshen College in 2011, I would have unequivocally urged support for Mennonite colleges, as MWR’s Oct. 22 editorial does. But no longer. We would do better refocusing resources...

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African evangelist shares ‘new and beautiful life’ in Christ

Oct 22, 2018 by and

MILANGE, Mozambique — The spirit of evangelism is a fire in Laston Bissani Mitambo’s bones. Humble and quiet in disposition, Bissani commands attention when leading a church, sing­ing and dancing with a...

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Opinion: Late for the 500th birthday party

Sep 24, 2018 by

A new direction and a different interpretation are mother’s milk to the historian. At times this is helpful. At other times, not so much. Anabaptism, defined from its inception by its enemies, more recently...

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Japanese endorse shared beliefs

Sep 24, 2018 by

SAPPORO, Japan — A quiz on global Christianity and Anabaptism prepared Japanese Mennonites to talk about beliefs Anabaptists around the world share. The discussion was part of the annual Peace Missions...

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Peace network overdue

Jul 30, 2018 by

For five centuries, Anabaptists have faced the challenge of pursuing peace. On every continent, in every culture, a defining trait that sets them apart is a commitment to nonviolence. Many conferences and...

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Young people key to resilient global church

Jul 25, 2018 by , and

A greeting from the Vietnam Mennonite Church to the world. Throughout its history, the people of the VMC have never failed to demonstrate their resilience and their commitment to live out the peaceful way of...

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Former inmate leads a church inside a prison

Jul 23, 2018 by and

Pastor Ignacio Chamorro Ramírez’s flock isn’t typical. “My members are rapists, kidnappers, murderers and fraudsters — all washed by the blood of Jesus our Lord,” he said. Chamorro directs an...

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Pope Francis — a pastor for the global church

Jun 25, 2018 by

For much of the previous week, I had the privilege of representing Mennonites at meetings of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland, which is celebrating its 70th...

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MWC council prays, learns, discerns

May 29, 2018 by and

LIMURU, Kenya — From Portuguese-speaking countries on either side of the Atlantic Ocean, a Brazilian pastor embraced an Angolan pastor. They had just heard a call from the Mennonite World Conference Deacons...

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MWC’s Renewal 2027 in Kenya celebrates revival

May 7, 2018 by and

KISUMU, Kenya — Seeking renewal, Mennonite World Conference representatives found it in Kenya, a nation whose Anabaptist history is defined by the Holy Spirit’s presence. As a band played “You are the...

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From MWC’s Global Youth Summit, a love story

Apr 2, 2018 by and

Christian parents have long encouraged their sons and daughters to find a life partner at church activities. And they’ve encouraged their young adults to meet the global church through international...

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Generous love amid war in Democratic Republic of Congo

Feb 19, 2018 by

KIKWIT, Democratic Republic of Congo — Loving the generous people of the Democratic Republic of Congo is not difficult, but evil happening in the rural Kasaï region of that lush country is hard to...

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Dutch navigate shrinking numbers, more outreach

Feb 5, 2018 by and

Faced with steadily declining membership, Dutch Mennonites are streamlining their structure and working to build their identity as Anabaptist Christians in a thoroughly secular society. A 2016 document by...

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Showalter: Do we miss the heart of the gospel?

Jan 29, 2018 by

“What are the markers of Anabaptism?” asked Nelson Kraybill, president of Mennonite World Conference, to a panel at the annual meeting of the North American Anabaptist mission agencies this winter. It is a...

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2017 Review: Congo suffering, North American realignment

Dec 18, 2017 by and

While North American Mennonites sped the pace of change in their church structures, Mennonites in the Democratic Republic of Congo dealt with matters of life and death. Ethnic and political violence drove at...

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Tanzanians make connections at convention

Jul 8, 2017 by and

Hundreds of congregations have left Mennonite Church USA in the last few years, making this summer’s convention a peculiar learning opportunity for a group of leaders from Tanzania Mennonite Church...

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Christ’s victory is ours

Jul 3, 2017 by

Since learning Mennonite World Conference had members in Italy, I wanted to fellowship with them, as Italy is where my dad’s family is from. MWC’s website lists 200 members of four congregations in the...

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New name? Mennonite World Conference considers its identity

Jun 5, 2017 by

When someone mispronounces or misspells your name, does it seem they aren’t quite addressing you? We choose names carefully, perhaps to honor someone or to express a hoped-for characteristic. Names form part...

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What big numbers hide

May 8, 2017 by

The numbers betray the humanity within them, because they are simply too big. Some 4,000 members of 30 congregations in Communautês Mennonite au Congo (Mennonite Communion of Congo) are hiding in the forests...

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Storm impacts Peruvian Mennonite Brethren

May 1, 2017 by

By what seemed like divine coincidence, Mennonite World Conference Andean regional representative Pablo Stucky planned to visit Peru in early April. His scheduled meetings with church leaders came shortly...

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African pastor describes persecution

May 1, 2017 by and

For four years, five Mennonite ministers have been imprisoned in an African country where evangelical churches have been under persecution for 15 years. Speaking by telephone April 24, one of their ministerial...

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‘From death to life’

Mar 27, 2017 by

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. — Col. 3:15 On Easter morning in April 1528 in Augsburg, Germany, almost 100 Anabaptists were rounded up by...

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Transformed by the Word

Mar 23, 2017 by

Renewal 2027 is a 10-year series of events launched by Mennonite World Conference to mark the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Anabaptist movement. “Transformed by the Word: Reading Scripture in...

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