Not quickest, but best

Aug 31, 2015 by

For members of the Mennonite World Conference commissions, the Harrisburg, Pa., assembly began with a local tour — Grantham, Salunga, Ephrata, Akron, and dinner at the Amish farm of Sol Stoltzfus. 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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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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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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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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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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At MWC assembly, MCC cans vegetables for first time

Jul 23, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Mennonite Central Committee’s mobile meat canner went vegan for the Mennonite World Conference assembly, switching for one week from pork, beef and turkey to green beans. Slipping out a...

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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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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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Lord I want to be in that number

Jul 23, 2015 by

Doubtless you have heard the song, “When the Saints Go Marching In.” We did a rousing version of it today at Mennonite World Conference assembly, instruments wailing and over 7,000 voices singing...

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Speakers share doubts from their settings, journeys

Jul 22, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Three speakers — one each from Kenya, Canada and Ethiopia — shared stories of doubt in their local contexts at Mennonite World Conference’s morning worship on July 22. “We are...

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MWC global assembly music ensemble announced

May 25, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A 19-member international ensemble of singers and instrumentalists has been selected to lead the morning and evening worship each day at the Mennonite World Conference assembly July 21-26...

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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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Prayer ‘essential’ for MWC assembly

Dec 1, 2014 by and

Mennonite World Conference is establishing a Prayer Network, recognizing the importance of prayer in preparation for its global assembly July 21-26 in Harrisburg, Pa. “We are organizing an event which will...

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Countdown to reunion

Jul 28, 2014 by and

The worldwide Anabaptist family reunion will come to the eastern U.S. next summer for the first time in Mennonite World Conference’s 90-year history. U.S. Mennonites and Brethren in Christ are inviting...

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