Despite missteps, Latinos joined Mennonites

Dec 4, 2014 by

Felipe Hinojosa describes the struggle of Latinas and Latinos to become part of the Mennonite church in the United States. He starts with Mennonite missionary work in Puerto Rico, South Texas, New York City...

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Trinidad and Tobago church marks 40th anniversary

Nov 24, 2014 by and

The Mennonite Church of Trinidad and Tobago marked its 40th anniversary Oct. 16-19 with celebrations at four of its five congregations. The celebration was a time for Loren Horst to look back over MCTT’s...

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Canadians observe cultural change on gay marriage

Nov 24, 2014 by and

As gay marriage continues to work its way through the U.S. court system, Mennonites are waiting to see how same-sex couples joining in matrimony, if legalized, will affect church life. It’s a threshold...

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Learning from farmers

Nov 24, 2014 by

When I applied for a Mennonite Voluntary Service position with the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations office in New York, I had no idea the agricultural roots I got from my Canadian Mennonite farmer...

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MC USA convention speakers announced

Nov 24, 2014 by

Mennonite Church USA announced its worship speakers for next summer’s Kansas City, Mo., convention Nov. 14 in the KC 2015 convention newsletter. Mennonite Central Committee Central States director Michelle...

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Immigrants persist in prayer, and healing follows

Nov 24, 2014 by and

LOWVILLE, N.Y. — An intensive-care unit lacked a few key components to heal a critically injured patient until help arrived from an immigrant church in Buffalo. Beth Steria of Low­ville was seriously...

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MWC sets example of unity without uniformity

Nov 24, 2014 by

When asked what issues the Mennonite movement faces, Danisa Ndlo­vu, president of Mennonite World Conference, said: “We have tried to not emphasize our differences but what unites us. What builds us as a...

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Beyond physical science to the soul

Nov 24, 2014 by

Something about space exploration invites us to ponder our place in the universe. From the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey to last summer’s Europa Report, storytellers have explored the mystery of human...

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‘Regulation garb’ and the gospel

Nov 24, 2014 by

In February 1959, Chester Wenger and fellow missionaries in Ethiopia — wearing business suits and neckties — met a delegation of Lancaster Mennonite Conference leaders at the Addis Ababa Bole International...

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Year after typhoon, MCC still rebuilding in Philippines

Nov 24, 2014 by and

One year after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed the house of Dominga Arias in the Philippines, the 50-year-old widow and mother of three has a new home with a more spacious bedroom than before. The simple wood...

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Devoted nonconformity

Nov 24, 2014 by

As new forms of electronic communication continue to raise doubts about the future of print, one Anabaptist-Mennonite periodical is defying the odds. Every two months, several trucks line up outside a...

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New Bluffton website broadens access to archives

Nov 24, 2014 by

BLUFFTON, Ohio — Many archival photos and documents at Bluffton University are seeing the light of day online via a searchable new website. Several hundred photos have already been digitized and uploaded to...

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Taiwanese mark 60 years

Nov 24, 2014 by

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Fellowship of Mennonite Churches in Taiwan celebrated its 60th anniversary Oct. 25-26, honoring its beginning with Mennonite mission workers, rejoicing for its present and setting a...

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Voice of Wisdom and Word

Nov 24, 2014 by

Hebrews opens with a contrast: God spoke in the past, but now God speaks in a new way. Even as the author of Hebrews draws our attention to the present, the text traces a thread between the God of Israel’s...

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Forget Black Friday

Nov 24, 2014 by

Each year the consumer extravaganza that is Black Friday fills the news — and bleeds more deeply into Thanksgiving. Stores compete to be the first to open. RadioShack plans to start doing business at 8 a.m....

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Isn’t it adultery?

Nov 24, 2014 by

I hear a lot about justice as it relates to same-sex relationships. The logic seems to be that fairness demands everyone is entitled to marriage. But isn’t there a higher justice — “Thou shalt not commit...

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Scars remain

Nov 24, 2014 by

“East Germany” doesn’t translate well into German. Referring to Moscow’s western outpost as Ostdeutschland is still an easy way to stick out in the Vaterland — much like counting beginning with one...

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EMM sends its first U.S. YES team in a decade

Nov 24, 2014 by and

BALTIMORE — This fall Eastern Mennonite Missions sent its first U.S.-based YES team in 10 years. The team, made up of four young adults between the ages of 18 and 21, is partnering in mission with Wilkens...

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Travail and counsel

Nov 24, 2014 by

The church is in pain and feels travail like the earliest church did when it discerned God’s will about the inclusion of Gentiles and circumcision. We have seen the progressive interpretation of Scripture in...

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MB Central District gets $1.2 million gift

Nov 24, 2014 by

MINOT, N.D. — A large gift enabled the Central District Conference of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches to significantly increase next year’s budget. Christian Leader magazine reported a...

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Germans mark 25 years since fall of Berlin Wall

Nov 17, 2014 by and

Horst Krueger was happy to only attend one Sunday worship service Nov. 9 at Berlin Mennonite Church. The service — one of thanksgiving — reflected on a historic weekend 25 years earlier. Two Mennonite...

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Western District weighs congregational freedom

Nov 17, 2014 by and

MOUNDRIDGE, Kan. — Congregational freedom is a tradition in Western District Conference. Now the conference needs to decide how that tradition applies when issues of same-sex relationships test the...

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Lancaster Conference terminates retired pastor’s credentials

Nov 10, 2014 by and

Mennonite Church USA’s Lancaster Mennonite Conference has removed the ministerial credentials of a retired pastor for officiating a same-sex marriage. Chester Wenger, a 96-year-old retired missionary and...

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An open letter to my beloved Mennonite Church

Nov 10, 2014 by

I am profoundly reluctant to write this letter because I know there are those it will wound deeply. But I have also come to the conviction that I can no longer hide the light the Lord has lit within me, under...

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Nigerian Brethren headquarters overtaken by insurgents

Nov 10, 2014 by

KWARHI, Nigeria — Boko Haram insurgents overtook the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria headquarters property Oct. 29. Both the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN) headquarters and Kulp Bible College were...

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