Shifting to regions, Mennonite Church Canada breaks new ground

Apr 17, 2017 by and

Mennonite Church Canada is going to find out if a national denomination can grow stronger by putting its regions first. It’s a radical change that delegates approved in principle at last summer’s national...

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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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Opinion: Scripture overrules experience

Mar 27, 2017 by

Many in our church are sure we should fully include those in same-sex marriages, blessing their covenants and credentialing their pastoral gifts. I would like to join them. Life is simpler when we move with...

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An honest challenge to LGBTQ-non-affirming Christians

Feb 6, 2017 by

As a former “Side B” (the belief that a Christian with same-gender attraction should remain celibate) gay Christian, and a former-former “Side X” (the belief that a Christian should not experience...

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Shocking ordination

Jan 30, 2017 by

I am shocked and profoundly disturbed by the ordination of lesbian Theda Good at First Mennonite Church of Denver by Mountain States Mennonite Conference leaders (Jan. 2). This is a disgrace for the Mennonite...

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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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The Emmaus scenario

Nov 7, 2016 by

When two travelers failed to recognize Jesus on the road to Emmaus, Jesus put their blurred vision to good use. As recorded in Luke 24, he kept his identity to himself as he taught Cleopas and a companion...

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Impossible dream?

Sep 12, 2016 by

Are Mennonites trying to do the impossible? Maybe, but we shouldn’t give up. We are just beginning to test new ways to live with disagreement on sexuality and to build unity. A couple of positive new...

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Bearing good fruit

Sep 12, 2016 by

Thank you for “Gay and Welcome” by JB Miller (At the Table, Aug. 29). I affirm that the gospel soil at Covenant Mennonite Fellowship in Sarasota, Fla., is producing good fruit. That is the criteria that...

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Generous orthodoxy

Aug 29, 2016 by

On his Aug. 11 podcast, journalist Malcolm Gladwell used the concept of “generous orthodoxy” to frame the story of Chester Wenger. It’s a positive approach to faith that is gaining ground among...

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Parallel universes

Aug 15, 2016 by

Two parallel Mennonite universes passed in close proximity July 29. Thirty miles apart in south-central Kansas, two groups of Mennonites gathered. They were similar enough to focus on a common goal but...

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Beauty in borderlands: My family and Malcolm Gladwell

Aug 12, 2016 by

When I called my parents on their 72nd wedding anniversary in early July, mother told me dad had brought her a bouquet from his garden. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever,” she said, quoting John Keats....

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Under the sky

Jul 20, 2016 by

I spent 13 or so hours this past week driving under the summer prairie sky. Saskatoon was the location of our Mennonite national church’s biennial gathering, which I combined with a visit with my brother...

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Former Church of the Brethren leader takes WCC post

Jul 18, 2016 by and

The former general secretary of the Church of the Brethren in the United States is taking on a new global role. Stanley Noffsinger became director of the World Council of Churches July 1. The ecumenical body...

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MC Canada moves in a new direction

Jul 18, 2016 by

Mennonite Church Canada delegates approved a proposal to shift the denomination’s emphasis from the national level to networking among area churches and created space for congregations with differing...

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Scripture in context

Jul 4, 2016 by

When an outstanding young pastor like Isaac Villegas has his credentials suspended (“MC USA Board Member Resigns After Same-Sex Wedding,” June 6) by Virginia Mennonite Conference and feels pressure to...

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Try something different

Jul 4, 2016 by

Perhaps those who are trying to change the Mennonite church to conform to their idea of how church should be should try something different. How about starting new churches for those affirming of the...

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South Central Conference offers short-term home

Jul 4, 2016 by and

South Central Mennonite Conference has more than 30 congregations or church plants in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas and even Mexico. So why would a congregation from northern Indiana want to be...

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Self-inflicted wound

Jun 20, 2016 by

“Physician, heal yourself!” Jesus expected that the skeptics would hurl this challenge when he announced God’s reign of peace (Luke 4:23). Today, Mennonite Church USA needs to accept the challenge of...

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Congregations departing Lancaster Conference

Jun 14, 2016 by and

Lancaster Mennonite Conference congregations desiring to maintain connections with Mennonite Church USA are beginning to withdraw from the conference. Pilgrims Mennonite Church in Akron, Pa., decided by...

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MC USA board supports abuse panel, accepts resignation

Jun 10, 2016 by and

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board affirmed recommendations from a sexual abuse prevention panel and accepted the resignation of board member Isaac Villegas during meetings June...

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Mennonite church coming apart over sexuality issues

Jun 10, 2016 by and

Former MWR associate editor Rich Preheim wrote the following article for Religion News Service. We believe MWR readers will be interested in how he describes events in Mennonite Church USA for a wider...

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Opinion: Pastor’s action wasn’t misconduct

Jun 6, 2016 by and

Virginia Mennonite Conference has suspended the ministerial credentials of my pastor, Isaac Villegas of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship in North Carolina, because he officiated at a same-sex wedding. Villegas...

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MC USA board member resigns after same-sex wedding

May 23, 2016 by and

A member of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has resigned after officiating a same-sex wedding May 21 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Virginia Mennonite Conference suspended Isaac Villegas’ credentials on May...

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Reba Place chooses ‘third way’ on sexuality

May 9, 2016 by and

Reba Place Fellowship has found it is possible to remain united despite differing views on same-sex marriage. Taking “a third-way approach,” the Evanston, Ill., group has opened its long-term covenant...

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