Parents rally to save school in Virginia

Jun 10, 2019 by and

Bake sales and car washes may have been just enough to save most of Warwick River Christian School in Newport News, Va. With enrollment down to 70 students signed up for this coming fall, the 77-year-old...

[read more]

Statement calls for wider welcome while affirming traditional teaching on sexuality

Oct 1, 2018 by and

A group of pastors and leaders in Virginia Mennonite Conference is inviting other pastors and leaders in Mennonite Church USA to sign a statement meant to bridge the gap between traditional and progressive...

[read more]

Finding the right fit

Sep 24, 2018 by

A pastor who doesn’t fit in one place might flourish somewhere else. In two important cases recently, good pastors had to move on (without leaving their congregations). The reasons, and the changes that...

[read more]

Pastor’s credentials restored, in a different conference

Sep 7, 2018 by and

A North Carolina pastor who was sanctioned for officiating a same-sex wedding is back in good standing after his congregation switched conferences. Mennonite Church USA announced Sept. 7 that Central District...

[read more]

Book review: ‘Harold and Arlene: Ministers to Many’

May 21, 2018 by

A new and inspiring biography tells the story of a pastoral couple with a deep love for God and the Mennonite Church. With lives spanning most of the 20th century, Harold and Arlene Eshleman navigated a time...

[read more]

Virginia Conference terminates pastor’s credentials

Nov 6, 2017 by

Virginia Mennonite Conference has terminated the credentials of a pastor who Mennonite Church USA concluded acted in ways to protect a sexual abuse perpetrator, to the detriment of caring for a victim. VMC...

[read more]

Virginia Conference team begins investigation work

Jul 31, 2017 by and

Virginia Mennonite Conference has appointed a four-person investigation team to review whether staff of Lindale Mennonite Church near Harrisonburg violated boundaries after learning about inappropriate...

[read more]

Report cites pastoral protection in Virginia abuse case

Jan 19, 2017 by

An external review of responses to reports of sexual abuse in a Virginia congregation has led Mennonite Church USA staff to conclude the lead pastor acted in ways that protected the alleged perpetrator, to the...

[read more]

Firm to investigate abuse allegation responses for Mennonite Church USA

Sep 19, 2016 by

Mennonite Church USA has contracted with a Delaware firm to investigate how church institutions responded to abuse allegations against a former Eastern Mennonite University administrator. EMU had already begun...

[read more]

Mennonite Church USA sexual abuse panel withdraws from investigation

Aug 10, 2016 by and

Mennonite Church USA’s Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention has terminated its participation in the process to select an independent organization to look into institutional responses to allegations of abuse by...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

Pastor’s resignation

Jun 6, 2016 by

I am deeply grieved that the leaders of Virginia Mennonite Conference and the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA have rejected the gifts and ministry of Isaac Villegas. It seems they have (again) chosen...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

Virginia Conference leaders discuss same-sex attraction

Nov 18, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — One hundred pastors and credentialed leaders in Virginia Mennonite Conference gathered Nov. 9-11 at Lindale Mennonite Church for a consultation on “Same-Gender Attraction, Relationship,...

[read more]

Drawing the ‘Lines’

May 11, 2015 by

The announcements of congregational withdrawals from Mennonite Church USA and the subsequent formation of new affiliations have generated considerable anxiety in the church at large. But a similar process of...

[read more]

A fervent prayer for church restoration and repair

May 1, 2015 by

While Mennonite Church USA is widely recognized as a “peace church,” we Mennonites seem to be far better at severing ties with each other than we are at repairing and restoring them. In my...

[read more]

Jamaica pastor dies during annual assembly

Mar 23, 2015 by and

The vice president of Jamaica Mennonite Church, Donavan Maitland, died of a heart attack March 8 at the church’s annual assembly, causing it to end early. Maitland, the pastor of Bethel Mennonite Church in...

[read more]

Three churches leave Virginia Conference

Aug 4, 2014 by and

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Three congregations formally left Mennonite Church USA’s Virginia Conference July 25 when delegates at the annual assembly passed motions to release them. New Beginnings Church in...

[read more]

What is the church doing for young adults?

Aug 4, 2014 by and

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A question repeated in the church today is: Why don’t young adults go to church? But that might not be the right question, according to Lana Miller, campus pastor at Eastern...

[read more]