USMB board tests statement on women in ministry

May 27, 2019 by

U.S. Mennonite Brethren are discerning what — if any — changes could be considered when it comes to women in ministerial leadership. The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches denominational...

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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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Longhurst: Pioneer woman

Feb 4, 2019 by

Before #MeToo and #ChurchToo — before there even was the internet—there was Winnipegger Peggy Unruh Regehr. Unruh Regehr, who died Sept. 27 at the age of 89, was a pioneer in championing the cause of women...

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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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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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Mary’s story, our story

Dec 17, 2018 by

While the star of every Christmas pageant is the Christ child, the Best Supporting Actress nod goes to Mary. The baby, whether a doll or an unpredictable infant, is just so hard to see from way in back. But...

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Mennonite Brethren to gather for study on women in ministry

Sep 3, 2018 by and

The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches has scheduled a national study conference to discuss what Scripture says about women in ministry and to gain understanding of different views. The...

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Conservative Conference rebrands with initials

Jul 30, 2018 by and

MONTGOMERY, Ind. — Conservative Mennonite Conference has rebranded — for now — as CMC. In a move similar to that of Lancaster Mennonite Conference earlier this year, CMC ministers voted unanimously July...

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The Proverbs 31 woman revisited

Jan 31, 2018 by

The unnamed woman in Prov. 31:10-31 appears to be the woman who has it all and who does it all. She has a supportive husband and grateful children. She is a capable household manager and a commercially...

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Gifts without limits

Sep 25, 2017 by

There’s room for everyone on the spectrum of Mennonite beliefs about women in ministry. On the traditional side are conservative and plain groups who agree the pulpit is for men only. In the middle are U.S....

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Discerning what is of God

Aug 14, 2017 by

The leadership of Conservative Mennonite Conference recently demonstrated boldness and humility in upholding their interpretation of Scripture while rejecting extrabiblical traditions that limit women’s...

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Conservative Conference women hear apology

Aug 7, 2017 by and

KIDRON, Ohio — Conservative Mennonite Conference leaders apologized for imposing “extrabiblical church traditions” on women during the denomination’s annual conference July 27-30 at Central Christian...

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Mennonite Brethren pastor a leader but not ‘the lead’

Jul 3, 2017 by and

A part of Audrey Hindes always wanted to be a pastor. Even as a child, she took seriously the suggestion to read her Bible every day. “When I went to Fresno Pacific University my freshman year, according to...

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Why do we abuse women?

May 8, 2017 by

Mary Magdalene has become one of my favorite New Testament figures. She is also one of the most misused and abused, a fitting symbol for women throughout the ages who are still misused, abused and blamed. Mary...

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Ohio pastor testified: ‘Don’t give up on prayer’

Jan 30, 2017 by and

In September, Naomi Engle was diagnosed with brain cancer after experiencing problems maintaining her balance. The co-pastor of West Clinton Mennonite Church in Wauseon, Ohio, died Jan. 1 at age 51. She was...

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Book review: ‘Daughters in the House of Jacob’

Jan 2, 2017 by

Who am I? Where am I going? How did I get here? Those are common questions for anyone looking into their family history and their place in the generations. Fortunately for the descendants of Jacob J. and Anna...

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First woman to direct Congo Bible school

Aug 15, 2016 by and

Holy Spirit fire dances in Bercy Mundedi’s eyes. It sets aflame the ministries to which she has been called — the most recent being to lead the Kalonda Bible Institute in Democratic Republic of Congo. She...

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Why women should ‘do’ theology

May 18, 2016 by

To be completely honest, this question has been puzzling me for a long time. As you know, I studied theology for seven years, and even though I have completed my degrees, I still consider myself a theologian...

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When Jesus calls a desperate mom a dog

Mar 2, 2016 by

Most Christians I know are uncomfortable with Jesus’ response to the mom in Mark 7:24 – 30. For those who don’t know the story, here it is… Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre...

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Dressing for the role

Feb 29, 2016 by

When I signed my first pastoral contract and began trading my Atlanta wardrobe for suburban Chicago, I took a long look in my closet and asked myself: Am I willing to give up skinny jeans? I don’t think...

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Would women split?

Feb 1, 2016 by

A large majority of the credentialed leaders in the Lancaster Mennonite Conference voted in November to withdraw from Mennonite Church USA, ostensibly over sexuality issues. They publicly object to the...

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Anabaptist women theologians discuss global network

Aug 4, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — For the first time, Anabaptist women from across the world gathered to consider forming a global Anabaptist women’s network. Women theologians held regional meetings as part of Mennonite...

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Women share stories of ordination and peacebuilding

Aug 1, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Anabaptist women discussed the dynamics of gender and theological identities in a variety of workshops at the Mennonite World Conference assembly. Marlene Epp said the Anabaptist peace...

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