Showalter: Nondefensive ethnicity

Dec 9, 2019 by

This autumn I participated in a retreat for CMC overseers and bishops in Columbus, Ohio. Serving on a panel, I and others were asked to share our vision for CMC, a 13,000-member association of Mennonites...

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Mountain Welcome

Oct 28, 2019 by and

A mile past Aspen Limo Ser­vices on Highway 82 in Colorado, as the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club rolls by and the wintry playground for the ultrarich comes into view, a stone building perches serenely by the...

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Groups enlist unity

Oct 14, 2019 by

Opposition to military service continues to unify Anabaptists. An unprecedented number of Anabaptist groups found common ground this summer to sign a letter outlining concerns to the National Commission on...

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Jubilation greets installation of first bishop in Uganda

Oct 7, 2019 by and

MUKONO, Uganda — Mennonite Church Uganda consecrated Okoth Simon Onyango as its first bishop Aug. 11. Onyango was already the body’s national coordinator, but the young church was still relying on...

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Survivors rebuild lives

Sep 16, 2019 by , and

TSHIKAPA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Four women laughed as they filled a water trough for their pigs — ­animals that hold the promise of income. Their laughter stood in contrast to their experiences,...

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MC USA adjusting to smaller convention crowds

Aug 19, 2019 by and

While it is too soon to know how big a financial hit Mennonite Church USA’s convention took due to lower registration in July, denominational leaders are adjusting to the reality of smaller...

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From Zimbabwe to the world

Aug 5, 2019 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — The growth of early shares in companies like Microsoft and Apple pales in comparison to Jacob E. Stauffer’s 1894 investment in Brethren in Christ missions. His $5 gift at a general...

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Peacebuilders form network, make comforters

Jul 29, 2019 by and

ELSPEET, The Netherlands —More than 200 peacebuilders launched a Global Anabaptist Peace Network at the second Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference and Festival June 27-30 at Mennorode retreat...

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Moving forward together

Jun 25, 2019 by

Have you ever made a decision when you were for the idea and the other person was against it? Or, been on a board when a vote went five in favor and four against? It’s not fun to move ahead that way. Which...

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‘500-year-old Bible study’ resumes

Jun 24, 2019 by and

ZURICH, Switzerland — Five centuries after Swiss reformer Ulrich Zwingli suggested Anabaptists be “cast to the ravens,” Anabaptists from Mennonite World Conference are joining spiritual descendants of...

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Kriss: What does it mean to be Anabaptist?

Jun 10, 2019 by

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s recent research expanded the pool of groups included under the Anabaptist umbrella. The Community of Christ has moved toward declaring itself a peace church....

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African evangelist ‘born for mission’

Jun 3, 2019 by and

Madalitso Kaputa of Malawi has an insatiable hunger to share the gospel. With the joy of the Lord as his strength, his life’s purpose — to reach the unreached — is clear. “I was born for...

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Broad census counts more Anabaptists

May 27, 2019 by

The most inclusive census of Anabaptists in the United States counts 100,000 more members than the 2018 Mennonite World Conference tally. The survey, by the Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite Historical Society, counts...

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MWC celebrates ‘borderless faith’

Apr 22, 2019 by , and

SAN RAFAEL DE HEREDIA, Costa Rica — Building on five centuries of Anabaptists being on the move for a variety of reasons, this year’s Mennonite World Conference Renewal 2027 event in Costa Rica focused on...

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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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LMC seeks stronger global links

Mar 18, 2019 by and

AKRON, Pa. — Twelve people gathered closely in a circle as Yvonne Garber uttered a Swahili phrase: Mungu Anajua. Garber then shared the translation — “God knows” — as she and her husband, Joe,...

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MWC delegation builds relationships in India

Mar 18, 2019 by

RAIPUR, India — A Mennonite World Conference delegation celebrated global Anabaptist relationships with visits to a variety of congregations in India in December. Deacons Commission secretary and MWC...

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Book review: Spiritual cousins not so distant

Feb 18, 2019 by

For many Mennonites, the Brethren in Christ are distant spiritual cousins. The BIC, while firmly Anabaptist, have also drawn deeply from the wells of pietism and Wesley­anism, which has created some...

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Church growth stretches Ethiopian resources

Jan 21, 2019 by and

Challenges accompany the joys of growth as tens of thousands of people new to Ethi­o­pia’s Mese­rete Kristos Church swell the denomination. Now with more than 600,000 participants, the world’s largest...

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Two trends to watch

Dec 17, 2018 by

It’s tempting to exaggerate the uniqueness of what is happening to us right now. We say the world is changing faster than ever but forget change is constant. Earlier generations saw massive upheaval, too....

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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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“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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