Pandemic responses vary widely

Aug 10, 2020 by and

As congregations navigate the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on worship, responses can vary greatly, even in the same town. After using only online platforms for worship for 12 weeks, Journey Mennonite...

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Lawsuit alleges sexual abuse by pastor

Aug 10, 2020 by and

A female member of a Mennonite Brethren congregation in Bakersfield, Calif., has filed a lawsuit alleging a former pastor abused his position as a marriage counselor to make sexual advances. The woman, who is...

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USMB prepares for new church-planting effort

Aug 3, 2020 by

The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches is gearing up for a new church-planting initiative. The plan calls for churches and experienced church-planting leaders to form a resourcing network,...

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Pandemic prompts preachers to craft shorter sermons

Jul 27, 2020 by and

In the switch to online worship during the coronavirus pandemic, congregations are trimming services down to as little as 30 to 40 minutes, with recorded videos, streamlined videoconference gatherings or...

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Groups respond to pandemic’s fiscal challenges

Apr 27, 2020 by and

Less than a month after the COVID-19 pandemic led to cancellations and closures in communities big and small, Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA established a “Hope Fund” to help...

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Gospel in context

Mar 23, 2020 by

Contextualization of the gos­pel is a cardinal principle of contemporary missions. It affirms what Anabaptist Christians have called a “hermeneutic of community” — with the additional understanding that...

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History: For periodicals, change is normal

Feb 10, 2020 by

Last year ended with the news that two Mennonite magazines — Mennonite Brethren Herald of the Canadian MB Conference and Beacon of the CMC, formerly Conservative Mennonite Conference — were ceasing...

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MB board reaffirms limit on role of women

Feb 3, 2020 by and

The U.S. Mennonite Brethren Board of Faith and Life has reaffirmed a policy that bars women from serving as lead pastors. The BFL adopted a statement calling on congregations to encourage women to minister in...

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MB leader charged, withdraws from international role

Dec 30, 2019 by and

After being charged for alleged solicitation of prostitution in January 2019 in Fresno, Calif., a Mennonite Brethren leader resigned from a conference leadership position and withdrew from another. Gary Wall,...

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Renamed USMB North Carolina District eyes entire East Coast

Dec 30, 2019 by

The Mennonite Brethren North Carolina District Conference celebrated a name change, which highlights the potential for growth, at its annual convention. Two years ago, the district voted to change its name to...

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U.S. MBs submit letter to national service commission

Dec 9, 2019 by

The U.S. Conferences of Mennonite Brethren Churches submitted a letter on Nov. 8 to the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service, affirming “many of the convictions” that other...

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MB non-participation in consultation regretful

Nov 11, 2019 by

I write on behalf of Willow Avenue Mennonite Church in Clovis, Calif., and with the endorsement of our church council in response to “Consultation Offers Peace-Church Voice on Military Service.” First, I...

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MBs have retreated from Anabaptist roots

Nov 11, 2019 by

The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches’ refusal to act in solidarity with virtually all other Mennonite groups in attempting to influence the National Commission on Military, National and Public...

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MB voice on peace

Oct 28, 2019 by

In a letter to constituents in response to “Consultation Offers Peace-Church Voice on Military Service” (Oct. 14), Don Morris, national director of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Breth­ren Churches,...

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Groups enlist unity

Oct 14, 2019 by

Opposition to military service continues to unify Anabaptists. An unprecedented number of Anabaptist groups found common ground this summer to sign a letter outlining concerns to the National Commission on...

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Consultation offers peace-church voice on military service

Oct 14, 2019 by and

As a federal commission reviews the Selective Service System and other issues regarding the American public’s relationship with military service, Ana­baptists have given their input. A diverse collection of...

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Congolese immigrants bring gift of bold faith

Oct 7, 2019 by and

For about 15 years, Christians from the Democratic Republic of Congo, including those with roots in the Mennonite Brethren church, have been immigrating to the United States, forming congregations and reaching...

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Rempel installed to MB seminary’s top leadership role

Sep 23, 2019 by

FRESNO, Calif. — Valerie Rempel was installed as dean of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary and vice president of Fresno Pacific University in a Sept. 10 convocation ceremony in Seminary Chapel. The...

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New churches add diversity to USMB Southern District

Aug 26, 2019 by and

OLATHE, Kan. — Delegates voted to welcome three new churches, pending completion of a vetting process, into the Southern District of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches at the district...

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600,000 divided by 67

May 27, 2019 by

Does your church have a reason to be? There’s a reason it began, but does it have a purpose today? If your great-grandparents needed a shorter drive for the horse and buggy, that doesn’t count any...

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Bearing a light yoke

Feb 18, 2019 by and

Jesus gives light burdens. He says so after telling his followers to “take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.” Then he adds, “My yoke is easy and my burden is...

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Removing an obstacle

Feb 4, 2019 by and

Mennonite Brethren are a praying people. Whatever they decide is God’s will for them, you can be sure they prayed a lot about it. The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches’ study conference on...

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Roles of women

Feb 4, 2019 by

“U.S. MBs Discuss Women in Pastoral Ministry” is a good recap of the study conference. My two cents: Since the last study conference our denomination [the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches]...

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Evana’s new leader looks for growth, collaboration

Jan 28, 2019 by and

Evana Network’s next executive director foresees the group broadening its tent and continuing a conversation among Mennonites and like-minded Anabap­tists about how to collaborate. The evangelical...

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U.S. MBs discuss women in pastoral ministry

Jan 18, 2019 by and

TEMPE, Ariz. — Enough U.S. Mennonite Brethren want to allow women as lead pastors that they’ve opened an official discussion about it. Recognizing diversity of belief, they want to build unity and...

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