Allegheny, Central District set aside idea of merger

Oct 1, 2018 by and

While Central District Conference has broadened its geographical reach, its long-distance relationship with Allegheny Mennonite Conference will not result in a merger for now. Allegheny Conference Minister...

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Southeast Conference considers withdrawal

May 14, 2018 by and

Southeast Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA is weighing its options. It plans to vote in October on whether to leave the denomination, and leaders are already talking with groups that offer other...

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Many are disappointed

Apr 9, 2018 by

Thank you, E. Daniel Martin, for “Why Lancaster Conference Got an Annulment” (Letters & Comments, March 12). He clearly states why so many are disappointed with Mennonite Church USA and leaving it in...

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Plain Anabaptist conference seeks common ground

Mar 26, 2018 by and

MOUNT HOPE, Ohio — A sobering commitment to nonresistance in wartime was the theme given the most attention at the 13th Anabaptist Identity Conference. Hours of lectures on the experiences of nonresistant...

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Opinion: Why Lancaster Conference left

Mar 26, 2018 by

Since leaders and writers from outside Lancaster Mennonite Conference have offered their perspectives on why LMC withdrew from Mennonite Church USA, I will add my voice. I was part of LMC when we decided to...

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Lancaster’s annulment

Mar 12, 2018 by

In “Lancaster Chooses Its Own Path” (History, Feb. 12), Rich Preheim states that Lancaster Mennonite Conference is “apparently not the marrying kind” and that this led to its divorce from Mennonite...

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History: Lancaster chooses its own path

Feb 12, 2018 by

Lancaster Mennonite Conference’s divorce from Mennonite Church USA became official Jan. 1. The separation reflects the tensions that have plagued the denomination since its inception, but it says more about...

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Former MC USA congregations join MB conference

Jan 15, 2018 by and

HENDERSON, Neb. — Five former Mennonite Church USA congregations joined the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Breth­ren Churches Nov. 3-4. The MB Central District Conference welcomed the five churches, from...

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Year of the tribe

Dec 18, 2017 by

Among the trends of 2017, tribalism stands out. All around us, people define themselves by separating one group from another. Republican or Democrat, black or white, Christian or Muslim. The distinctions...

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Identity redefinition

Nov 6, 2017 by

Anabaptist denominations are having an identity crisis. Or at least an identity redefinition. This is happening in several ways: making or considering name changes; ending old affiliations, beginning new ones...

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Kriss: A falling tower

Oct 23, 2017 by

We came to the party late. Mennonite Church USA created a national denominational superstructure just in time for the whole idea to crumble in Protestant circles. I still remember my hopeful response as we...

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Boundaries redrawn

Sep 25, 2017 by

Gerrymandering — drawing a political district’s boundaries to assure a political party’s hold — isn’t new. It celebrated its bicentennial a few years ago. Newspaper columnist Leonard Pitts elaborated...

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Mennonite Brethren draw churches seeking a new home

Sep 5, 2017 by and

North Central Mennonite Conference voted to dissolve at its annual assembly in Exeland, Wis., but that doesn’t necessarily mean its congregations are going their separate ways. Most of the former Mennonite...

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Vietnamese Fellowship drops ‘Mennonite’ name

Aug 28, 2017 by and

A name change, effective immediately, heralds a time of direction-setting for the former North American Vietnamese Mennonite Fellowship. The fellowship held its biennial conference June 30-July 1 at Calgary...

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Showalter: What makes a convert?

Aug 14, 2017 by

Why do evangelicals become Anabaptists? Why do Anabaptists become Orthodox or Catholic? Why do Orthodox or Catholics become evangelicals? Why do young people leave “the church,” of whatever variety? What...

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Another conference offers less connection

Aug 7, 2017 by and

In response to one of its member congregations voting to leave Mennonite Church USA in the spring of 2016, South Central Mennonite Conference delegates have updated conference bylaws allowing a congregation...

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Two pairs of conferences eye closer relationships

Jul 24, 2017 by and

As current and former Mennonite Church USA conferences deal with shifting congregational alignment, two pairs of conferences are looking at closer relationships. Franklin Mennonite Conference is considering a...

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My denomination continues to swing left

Jul 19, 2017 by

We delegates at the 2017 Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando met for an initial four-hour session and then a concluding one-hour session. In between those sessions, a number of non-delegates joined us...

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Distance no obstacle for Central District’s growth

Jun 26, 2017 by and

Central District Conference’s geographical range may continue to expand as congregations prioritize polity over geography in realignment. Three congregations seeking to transfer from other Mennonite Church...

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Unified outlier

May 8, 2017 by

Every trend has exceptions. Even the decline of Christian denominations in North America. These venerable entities thrived during an era of trust in big institutions. Now, according to the most pessimistic...

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Southeast Conference raises possibility of leaving MC USA

Apr 10, 2017 by and

Southeast Mennonite Conference might leave Mennonite Church USA if the denomination continues extending forbearance indefinitely to members at variance with its teaching on same-sex marriage. At its spring...

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Two good names

Mar 13, 2017 by

There are good reasons why Mennonite World Conference might want to change its name. Globally, “Anabaptist” resonates more widely than “Mennonite” to identify the peaceful, believer-baptizing...

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Conference shrinks when members don’t recommit

Feb 20, 2017 by and

Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference parted ways with nearly a quarter of its congregations at its annual meeting Feb. 11 in Pasa­dena, Calif. A restructuring process that began a year and a half ago led to...

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2016 in review: What works for denominations now?

Dec 19, 2016 by and

With Christian denominations generally declining in North America, Mennonites are looking for new ways of being the church together. Shrinking or refocusing national offices while building up regional and...

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Evangelicals and the U.S. election

Nov 21, 2016 by

One thing about the recent U.S. presidential election: Nobody can say religion didn’t matter. By now the story is very familiar; 81 percent of white evangelical voters supported President-elect Donald...

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