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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 assembly opens with call for walking together

Jul 22, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The 16th Mennonite World Conference Assembly opened July 21 in Harrisburg, with a parade of Mennonites from across the globe, with confession of past treatment of Native Americans in...

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On the road to Mennonite World Conference

Jul 21, 2015 by

Leading up to and following Mennonite World Conference’s assembly in Harrisburg, Pa., Anabaptists are taking part in Assembly Scattered learning tours and events around the country. One tour led by...

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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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6,500 are registered for global assembly

Jun 29, 2015 by and

Mennonite World Conference assembly planners are putting final details in place for the July 21-26 event, which will draw more than 6,500 Anabaptists to Harrisburg, Pa. “We are very excited with how the...

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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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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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