MWC assembly will coincide with gatherings

Sep 1, 2014 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gatherings across the United States are being planned to coincide with the Mennonite World Conference assembly next July. Assembly Gathered will take place July 21-26 in Harrisburg....

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Ask, seek, knock

Sep 1, 2014 by

We all know where to turn for Jesus’ prime words on peace: the Sermon on the Mount. Do not resist an evil person. Turn the other cheek. Love your enemies. It’s all there in just a few verses of Matthew...

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Israel and end times

Sep 1, 2014 by

I continue to see what Zionists, both Israeli and Christian, are after in the Middle East. Centuries ago, God gave that land to the Israelites, and all they had to do to make it their own was to kill all the...

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Food a concern for displaced in Congo

Sep 1, 2014 by

Armed conflicts in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have displaced 2.9 million people and forced an additional 500,000 to flee to neighboring countries. The instability has created a myriad of...

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Mercy, hope amid trauma

Sep 1, 2014 by

This quarter’s first four lessons come from what has been called Jeremiah’s “little book of consolation” (chapters 30-33). The book as a whole powerfully asserts that the terrible trauma the Hebrew...

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Local culture tours will add Pennsylvania flavor

Sep 1, 2014 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Registrants will be able to choose from 47 tours while attending the Mennonite World Conference assembly. Ten full-day tours will take place July 20. Registrants may choose among visits to...

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EMU welcomes Somali president back to campus

Sep 1, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud topped off his attendance at the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by President Obama with an Aug. 7 visit to Harrisonburg, where he...

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Love will lead us home

Sep 1, 2014 by

The Giver is one of my favorite novels. Critics are mixed on the recent film adaptation, but I find it a good companion piece. I like how its visual nature heightens aspects like the impact of memory and the...

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What is a conservative to do?

Sep 1, 2014 by

When I supported the merger of the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church, I was not aware of the profound differences between the two groups. The MCs traditionally had a top-down,...

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Giving girls space

Sep 1, 2014 by

What a great challenge and responsibility it is for the church to help shape girls into women of God. Especially in a world that hasn’t been so great to women. Some recent evidence: Two Amish girls kidnapped...

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CPT aids refugees seeking safety in Iraqi Kurdistan

Sep 1, 2014 by and

Christian Peacemaker Teams reports the brutal violence of militant Islamic State forces in Iraq has not changed CPT’s goals of partnering to transform violence and oppression, but it has affected how they go...

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Behind closed doors

Sep 1, 2014 by

Samuel Voth Schrag’s advocacy of secrecy in Mennonite Church USA Executive Board meetings (“Safe Space for All Voices”) is the same argument for “executive privilege” that Richard Nixon made in...

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Disciplined evangelism

Sep 1, 2014 by

In a recent congregational report to The Philippine Witness, the bimonthly newsletter of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (better known as the Holdeman church) mission outreach to the Philippines,...

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Renewal group holds national conference

Sep 1, 2014 by

EAST EARL, Pa. — Three hundred Mennonite leaders and members from more than a dozen U.S. states and Canadian provinces gathered July 10-12 at Weaverland Mennonite Church for a conference sponsored by...

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Becoming good neighbors

Sep 1, 2014 by and

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria — Fruitful relationships between Muslims and Christians are possible, even in places wracked by interfaith violence. More than 250 Bible school leaders took part in seminars on that...

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Incoming EMU softball player dies in ATV accident

Sep 1, 2014 by

Kaitlin Aylor, 18, of Madison, Va., died of brain trauma and internal injuries on Aug. 16 as a result of an accident in which she was thrown from the all-terrain vehicle in which she was riding. A 2014...

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Visas one of MWC’s biggest hurdles

Sep 1, 2014 by and

Because visitors to the U.S. from the Southern Hemisphere often find it difficult to get visas, Mennonite World Conference is taking steps to try to keep the situation from limiting attendance at its global...

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Native Assembly pursues harmony

Sep 1, 2014 by

WINNIPEG, Man. — Harmony with creation was a dominant theme at Mennonite Church Canada’s Native Assembly. About 250 people gathered July 28-31 in Winnipeg under the theme “Ears to Earth, Eyes to God,”...

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Let’s save these words

Sep 1, 2014 by

Love. Faith. Repent. Pray. Inspiration. These precious words are losing their power for Christians. We can restore their vitality by recovering their true meaning. You won’t find these definitions in a...

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Youth make MDS part of their summer

Aug 29, 2014 by

More than 190 youth and youth sponsors from around the U.S. and Canada gave a week of their summer to serve at one of three Mennonite Disaster Service Youth Project sites. Youth groups worked in Staten Island,...

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Jim Foley, IS and what I learned from being kidnapped

Aug 29, 2014 by

We sat on mats in a traditional sitting room in a remote village of northwestern Iraq. One of our captors guarded the door with his assault rifle at the other end of the room. We prayed, we sang silently and...

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Indiana pastor’s credentials under review by two conferences

Aug 25, 2014 by and

Two Mennonite Church USA conferences will review the ministerial credentials of Karl Shelly, a pastor at Assembly Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind., for performing a same-sex marriage ceremony for two members...

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‘Mennonite’ wells flowing for all

Aug 25, 2014 by and

SHIRATI, Tanzania — When Mennonites drill a well, can only Men­nonites draw water from it? That was the question a group of men recently posed to Fred Otieno, director of planning and development for the...

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