Another conference to license gay pastor

Oct 27, 2014 by and

A second Mennonite Church USA area conference intends to license a pastor in a same-sex relationship, potentially putting it at odds with an Executive Board directive. Central District Conference plans to...

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MC USA leaders review survey, offer ideas for future

Oct 27, 2014 by and

SCHILLER PARK, Ill. — Mennonite Church USA’s Constitu­ency Leaders Council reviewed results of a survey of leaders, shared ideas about potential new relational structures and gave feedback on a leadership...

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Urban leaders seek ‘peace of the city,’ practical ministry

Oct 27, 2014 by , and

PHILADELPHIA — In a letter to Jerusalem’s exiled leaders, the prophet Jeremiah called on them to work for the welfare of Babylon, the city to which they had been deported. “Seek the peace and prosperity...

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Opinion: Get our own house in order

Oct 27, 2014 by

True life in the church depends on the “New Love Commandment” Jesus gave to his disciples in John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another....

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Opinion: Biblical and better way

Oct 27, 2014 by and

Theologically conservative Christians are widely perceived as hostile to gays. And it is largely our own fault. Many of us have actually been homophobic. Most of us tolerated gay bashers. We did not deal...

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First Meserete Kristos children’s curriculum to launch

Oct 27, 2014 by and

The Meserete Kristos Church in Ethiopia will soon launch its first uniform Sunday school curriculum — one based on the idea that a foundation for transformative peace can begin with children. Krista Allen of...

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Pope joins evangelicals

Oct 27, 2014 by

“You’re going to talk about tonight for a long time,” Kenneth Copeland told a large crowd of Pentecostal pastors at a conference he hosted in January. Cope­land is a prominent televangelist and...

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Haiti doesn’t need another occupation

Oct 27, 2014 by and

The name Haiti conjures images of earthquake damage, people struggling to survive or memories of a service trip to help build houses or bring medical care. Most do not associate it with military...

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Reducing infant deaths

Oct 27, 2014 by

Singing “Nothing is lost on the breath of God” in church on a recent Sunday, my mind called up the face and tiny body of the stillborn child I blessed most recently. I had read about a church that held a...

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The new temple is you

Oct 27, 2014 by

The prophet Ezekiel shares in the sufferings of the Hebrew people in the generation after their devastating defeat at the hands of the ruthless Babylonian empire. Ezekiel helps to bring to the surface the...

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Awesome but fake

Oct 27, 2014 by

Christmas card and letter season isn’t far away. While some hold steadfast to an annual text constructed of actual sentences, others gravitate toward taking 15 minutes online to frame a photo with a holiday...

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Pastor’s call brings Ohio church ‘sense of peace’

Oct 27, 2014 by and

Members of Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church laid their hands on Mark Rupp Sept. 21 as they installed him as pastor of Christian formation. “It hit me during that moment that rather than lots of individual...

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Just be patient

Oct 27, 2014 by

Sportswriters like to call fans of losing teams “longsuffering.” It’s an acceptable exaggeration. Even the most avid fans know, deep down, that sports magnify the importance of things that don’t really...

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Central Plains minister nominated MC USA moderator-elect

Oct 27, 2014 by

NEWTON, Kan. — The Leadership Discernment Committee of Mennonite Church USA has announced David Boshart of Wellman, Iowa, as the nominee for moderator-elect of Mennonite Church USA for the 2015-17...

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Causes of immigration

Oct 27, 2014 by

The influx of children from Central America to the U.S. has dropped from the news, but the problem has not vanished. Nor was there ever a careful analysis of why this should be or of why Nicaragua was absent...

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Caring for workers

Oct 27, 2014 by

I commend Harvey Yoder for “What Would Jesus Earn?” When pastors in our country are paid $80,000 and up, shouldn’t we pay our missionaries and service workers accordingly? I have for many years watched...

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Bible can help us ‘learn to speak together again’

Oct 27, 2014 by

SCHILLER PARK, Ill. — A seminary dean spoke to Mennonite Church USA leaders on rethinking our relationships to each other and the Bible. “Might it be that the Bible is the one thing that can save us?”...

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Beyond our Christendom, signs of life

Oct 27, 2014 by

I remember wincing when British Anabaptist Stuart Murray Williams suggested wryly in one of his trips to southeastern Pennsylvania that we had managed to create our own Mennonite Christendom. Murray Williams...

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Led by the blind?

Oct 27, 2014 by

A number of Mennonite churches are leaving their conferences and denominations due to bypassing biblical commandments on the sin of homosexuality. An article in the Feb. 14, 2011, MWR stated that 14 churches...

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Anabaptists: peaceful force for racial justice?

Oct 27, 2014 by and

HAMPTON, Va. — Participants in “Hope for the Future” gatherings are inspiring congregations to address diversity in their communities. “Hope for the Future” began in 2011 in response to the rapid...

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From potatoes to doughnuts, a path out of poverty

Oct 27, 2014 by and

JOS, Nigeria — Too poor to get medical care in time to save her baby’s life, Rhoda Markos decided her life had to change. A training program supported by Mennonite Central Committee helped her do it. Three...

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Goshen congregation leaves MC USA

Oct 27, 2014 by

At least 10 congregations have left Mennonite Church USA this year, many as a result of disagreements over LGBT inclusion. Clinton Brick Mennonite Church, in Goshen, Ind., recently added to that number by...

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On top of the World

Oct 20, 2014 by and

On July 28, Erik Kratz was scratched from the lineup of the Buffalo Bisons AAA minor-league baseball team. The Toronto Blue Jays had just traded the Souderton (Pa.) Mennonite Church member to the Kansas City...

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Radical writing

Oct 20, 2014 by and

Jason Storbakken’s journey to the faith of his Anabaptist ancestors took him not so much to church on Sunday mornings but on a global tour of faiths, classes and cultures. The destination he reached — a...

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‘Brother, you are forgiven’

Oct 20, 2014 by and

LA CEIBA, Honduras — After decades of misunderstanding and little collaboration, the two largest Anabaptist groups in Honduras have publicly reconciled. In August 2013, leaders from the groups — Amor...

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