MWC announces commission leadership changes

Aug 31, 2015 by

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — In meetings prior to the July 21-26 assembly in Harrisburg, Pa., Mennonite World Conference announced changes in the leadership of three of its commissions. Joji Pantoja was appointed...

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With addition, world membership rises

Aug 10, 2015 by and

The Anabaptist family is growing, both in terms of additions by members and the new inclusion of the Church of the Brethren in Mennonite World Conference’s global directory. The latest MWC census counts...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Anabaptist Nation

Jul 6, 2015 by

Fans of just about every sports team these days like to call themselves a Nation. They’re saying: We are many, we are passionate. The claim of nationhood suggests their team commands the allegiance of a...

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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 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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3,400 register for MWC so far

Apr 13, 2015 by

By mid-March, Mennonite World Conference assembly registrants totaled about 3,400 people from 66 countries. Registrants for the event July 21-26 in Harrisburg, Pa., represent 18 African countries, 15 Asian...

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MCC to replace its meat canning rig

Mar 30, 2015 by and

A new rig for Mennonite Central Committee’s traveling meat canning operation will be coming together soon, mostly in Ephrata, Pa. MCC canning coordinator John Hillegass said nothing was specifically wrong...

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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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Believers baptism churches meet

Feb 2, 2015 by

KINGSTON, Jamaica — For the first time, representatives of six churches that practice believers baptism gathered to discuss mutual recognition of baptism and Christian unity. At the consultation, held Jan....

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Beliefs that bind us

Jan 19, 2015 by

2014 was a year of testing for my congregation, for Lancaster Mennonite Conference and for Mennonite Church USA. Beginning the new year on a clean page, our faithful redeemer God offers us hope for the...

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MWC seeks vocalists for assembly ensemble

Dec 22, 2014 by

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Mennonite World Conference is seeking vocalists to join the International Vocal Ensemble for the Pennsylvania 2015 assembly in July. The ensemble will lead congregational singing during the...

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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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