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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Worth the energy

Sep 4, 2015 by

It takes a lot of energy to tend to our large church family. Mennonite World Conference met in Harrisburg, Pa., this summer. That global gathering followed closely behind the Mennonite Church USA convention in...

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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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Anabaptist women theologians discuss global network

Aug 4, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — For the first time, Anabaptist women from across the world gathered to consider forming a global Anabaptist women’s network. Women theologians held regional meetings as part of Mennonite...

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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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A foretaste of heaven in Harrisburg

Jul 27, 2015 by

Some 7,500 Mennonite and members of related Anabaptist groups met for the global assembly of Mennonite World Conference at the Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg, Pa., July 21-26. As a participant in the last two...

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Walking with God and each other at global assembly

Jul 27, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In his Friendship Group at the Mennonite World Conference assembly, Francis Ojwang found that getting to know fellow believers from distant places brought an unexpected blessing. The Kenyan...

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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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Confession and forgiveness part of loving your neighbor

Jul 25, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — “We are here today, celebrating our common Anabaptist faith and our position in the Lord Jesus Christ,” was the greeting from Shantkumar S. Kunjam of India who took the platform in the...

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Assembly called to wrestle with community, autonomy

Jul 25, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Each person is never alone. They must live in community. Yet each also craves independence and autonomy. Citing Jacob wrestling with God in Genesis 32, Wieteke van der Molen told Mennonite...

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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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A gift of peace from the persecuted

Jul 24, 2015 by

Mennonite World Conference’s Global Youth Summit 2015 discussed gifts and calling July 17-19. One participant shared his church’s story of giving gifts of peace in response to persecution that affected...

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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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Testimony of a church-conflict casualty

Jul 23, 2015 by and

HARRISURG, Pa. — Remilyn Mondez of the Philippines warned about the perils of church conflict and then sprung a surprise. Speaking July 23 at the morning worship service of the Mennonite World Conference...

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