Isn’t it deceptive?

May 4, 2020 by

Regarding “Illinois Pastors ­Allowed to Officiate Same-Sex Marriages” (March 9): I realized a couple weeks ago that the writer of our current Adult Bible Study by MennoMedia, which our Sunday school class...

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Conservative Brethren exploring separation

Feb 3, 2020 by and

A conservative movement of congregations may depart the Church of the Brethren this year in what the recently named Covenant Brethren Church says is an effort to help churches prioritize biblical authority and...

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Group to advise MC USA on Membership Guidelines

Nov 25, 2019 by

An advisory group has been assigned to recommend how to decide the future of the Mennonite Church USA Membership Guidelines. After a Nov. 15-17 meeting in Chicago, the group is expected to deliver a report to...

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Panel calls for ‘cultural shift’ to prevent abuse

Apr 16, 2018 by , , and

LANSDALE, Pa. — After two years of work, the Mennonite Church USA Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention presented their observations and recommendations, notably regarding noncredentialed leaders, to the MC USA...

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MCC may allow exceptions to ‘lifestyle expectations’

Mar 19, 2018 by and

Mennonite Central Committee’s U.S. and Canada boards have approved the possibility of exceptions to the “lifestyle expectations” for some MCC personnel, although those parameters have not been completely...

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Franklin Conference joining Lancaster

Oct 9, 2017 by

Franklin Mennonite Conference is joining Lancaster Mennonite Conference a year and a half after departing Mennonite Church USA. Franklin lay delegates and credentialed members voted Sept. 28 to affirm the...

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Then and now

May 8, 2017 by

So an “LGBT Pastor Is Licensed in Maryland” (April 10) in an Alle­gheny Mennonite Conference congregation. When I was a teenager, due to a circumstance in my life, three Mennonite preachers, two from...

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Ready to repent

Apr 24, 2017 by

I am amazed at God’s faithfulness to his people as seen in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Three remnants travel from Babylon to the Promised Land. The people go back with the goal of rebuilding their land...

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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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Values made clear

Apr 25, 2016 by

Beside a single candle glowing in the Beth­el College chapel, a student sang “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” The song’s power came not only from the strength of the singer’s voice but also from the...

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Letter to my Mennonite church

Apr 4, 2016 by

I love my Mennonite church. I love to see the old and the young worshiping together. I love the diversity and the heart of our Mennonite people to break down walls and love each other with the holy love of...

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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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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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Canadians address sexuality

Jun 16, 2014 by and

When delegates meet for Mennonite Church Canada’s assembly July 3-6 in Winnipeg, Man., one agenda item, “Being a Faithful Church,” could generate a lot of discussion. The BFC process — to help...

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