10 reasons attending Western District Conference mattered to me

Aug 11, 2017 by

1. I was impressed with the pastors of Western District Conference. Some are new to me — but they are talented, gifted and delightful! I laughed with them; I struggled when some spoke of despair and loss of...

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Agri-Urban, a link of farm and town, comes to an end

Jun 12, 2017 by and

Branding isn’t as hot a topic as it used to be for Western District Conference. Decades of burning a stylized “AU” on young cattle in the spring came to a close last year when the last batch of...

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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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Ignoring our violence

Dec 7, 2015 by

Western District Conference’s passage of the Rainbow Resolution (“In Western District, Same-Sex Marriage Won’t Bring Censure,” Nov. 9) signaled a hope that we are ready to reject the violence of our...

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How Lancaster’s and Western District’s decisions affect the rest of us

Nov 5, 2015 by

It certainly appears that the church’s extremes got more extreme this weekend, as far as it goes with LGBTQ participation. I don’t think this is the case, though — no one has gotten more extreme,...

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WDC: Same-sex marriage won’t bring censure

Nov 2, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Western District Conference delegates on Oct. 31 gave pastors the freedom to perform same-sex marriages if their congregations approve. The unprecedented action conflicts with Mennonite...

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Authority unsettled

Feb 16, 2015 by

In preparation for the merger of the General Conference Mennonite Church and Mennonite Church, the 1999 proposed Membership Guidelines had statements giving congregations authority in regard to members as part...

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108-year-old Burrton, Kan., congregation to close

Dec 22, 2014 by and

BURRTON, Kan. — When Aoife Rose Compton was born Nov. 18 to Rachelle and Martin Compton, she was the last child to become part of Burrton Mennonite Church. After 108 years of ministry, the church will hold...

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Western District weighs congregational freedom

Nov 17, 2014 by and

MOUNDRIDGE, Kan. — Congregational freedom is a tradition in Western District Conference. Now the conference needs to decide how that tradition applies when issues of same-sex relationships test the...

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Church planters make friends, follow the Spirit

Sep 29, 2014 by and

WICHITA, Kan. — Because Byron and Hilda Pellecer “followed the bubbles” of the Holy Spirit, Imelda Sama­ni­ego worships on her front lawn. On Tuesday evenings she joins a small group of adults and...

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Two values tested

Jul 21, 2014 by

Within one week this summer, two competing visions of Mennonite Church USA’s future — one with stronger central authority, the other with more local freedom — emerged. First, national leaders extended...

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WDC receives resolution on same-sex ceremonies

Jul 8, 2014 by and

WAXAHACHIE, Texas — A Kansas City, Kan., congregation is asking its area conference to promise not to discipline any pastor who performs a same-sex covenant ceremony. Rainbow Mennonite Church brought the...

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