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10 Apr 2020 - “Yahweh, Yahweh!” Jubilant singing ricocheted off the stucco walls of the Bissau-Guinean Mennonite meetinghouse. Participants at the annual conference of Mennonite Church West Africa (MCWA) celebrated the growing interest of Christocentric theology throughout the region 26–30 December 2019.... Read more...
23 Mar 2020 - During the plague that ravaged third-century Alexandria, Bishop Cyprian tirelessly served the suffering with calm assurance that Christians find hope in Jesus Christ whether they live or die. Today, in a time of pandemic, Christian communions around the world are calling their members to take... Read more...
23 Mar 2020 - “Even with all our diversity of culture, language and practice, our Anabaptist theology draws us together as a family of faith through Christ’s love and sacrifice for us,” says Shirley Redekop.She begins a half-time role as MWC chief development officer 23 March 2020.An American living in Canada,... Read more...
20 Mar 2020 - With Coronavirus (COVID-19) unsettling the global human family, Mennonite World Conference leaders put confidence in the living God who says, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you” (Isaiah 41:10).“Join us now in prayer for the... Read more...
16 Mar 2020 - “The church will slow down the work of Mennonite Central Committee,” someone told me at the 2008 MCC New Wine, New Wineskins consultative meeting in Winnipeg. “If we want to be a more effective NGO, we need to act independently from the church,” he continued.Yes, the church may not be very... Read more...
10 Mar 2020 - With the World Health Organization using the word “pandemic” to describe global infection from the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Mennonite World Conference leadership decided to cancel the March Renewal 2027 public event and April Executive Committee meetings.“We are cognizant of our global witness... Read more...
7 Mar 2020 - It was Tuesday, 31 December, the last day of the year 2019, when Sangmin Lee called me with excitement to report news of his amnesty.Early in 2014, Lee was sentenced to 18 months in prison for refusing, on the basis of his faith, to complete his mandatory military service.Although Lee was freed on... Read more...
9 Feb 2020 - Following the World Health Organization’s declaration of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak as a global health emergency 30 January 2020, Mennonite World Conference calls for Anabaptist and Mennonite congregations around the world to unite in prayer and to exercise precautionary measures in the... Read more...
14 Jan 2020 - A composer, health manager and auto mechanic – all church leaders – joined the Mennonite World Conference team. These newly appointed regional representatives complete the team that helps Mennonite World Conference and its member churches maintain a close connections to encourage one another in... Read more...
13 Jan 2020 - From 1–8 December 2019, a joint delegation from Mennonite World Conference’s Peace Commission and Deacons Commission visited three Mennonite churches in Hong Kong, other denominations and also some educational institutions to offer solidarity and to respond to the request for further perspectives... Read more...
8 Jan 2020 - The 2019 meeting of European Mennonite leaders took place on a historical date for Germany: the anti-Semitic pogroms of the Reichskristallnacht (“night of broken glass”) 9–10 November 1938 when Nazi paramilitary forces and civilians throughout Germany and Austria looted Jewish-owned stores, damaged... Read more...
20 Dec 2019 - English readers were interested in the news that general secretary César García and executive assistant Sandra Báez Rojas of Mennonite World Conference (MWC) have relocated to Canada in February 2019.They also enjoyed the testimony of YAMENers. “When you make your time and your heart available to... Read more...
19 Dec 2019 - “Renounce violence and love our enemies.” This is part of being a peacemaker in Mennonite World Conference’s Shared Convictions.Living out that conviction, 13 September 2019, 13 Anabaptist churches in the USA signed a letter to the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service. The... Read more...
17 Dec 2019 - Crossing barriers at Assembly 2021 in Indonesia begins with the Assembly program committee. These volunteers appointed to develop the activities and schedule of Mennonite World Conference’s flagship event, the global Assembly, come from 5 different continents and span from their twenties to their... Read more...
15 Nov 2019 - Chief Development Officer Arli Klassen will step down from her position at the end of January 2020. She came to this role in December 2012 after serving as binational Executive Director of Mennonite Central Committee. She supported MWC through fundraising and strategy casting.“It has been a joy to... Read more...
13 Nov 2019 - Standing in one of the regional offices of MWC member church Meserete Kristos Church (MKC), the church’s former president, Tewodros Beyene introduced several LMC leaders to the church’s administrative staff. He explained that the LMC delegation had come to listen to MKC.Turning to the LMC leaders,... Read more...
28 Oct 2019 - Earthquake. Famine. Flooding. The headlines catch attention, and people respond with prayers and donations to emergency appeals.A few days later, the reporting stops and the event fades from memory. But for those directly affected, it is only the beginning. Mennonite World Conference (MWC) has... Read more...
22 Oct 2019 - How do our churches and service agencies work together? How does the gospel illuminate our witness in our context? How do we make explicit the invitation to follow Jesus as part of our social and mission work? How do we bring our justice witness to government agencies and policies?These questions... Read more...
18 Oct 2019 - To share news and a sense of identity among the 4,900 baptized members of the 22-congregation Mennonite Church India Dhamtari CG (MCI), a magazine committee resurrected Mennonait Mandli Samachar Patrika – a Hindi-language news magazine for the Mennonite church – in 2015.Pastors, bishops, women... Read more...
16 Oct 2019 - The image of Dirk Willems reaching back to rescue his pursuer from the ice is iconic for Anabaptists. But just as powerful are more recent – and more diverse – stories of Anabaptists who live out peace and reconciliation in ordinary but sacrificial ways as they follow Jesus today.Through worship... Read more...
17 Sep 2019 - Gathered and scattered. Mennonite World Conference creates space for the global Anabaptist family to worship together, together in body in one location, and together in spirit in many locations.One way is through publishing worship resources. Each year, MWC partners with church leaders from around... Read more...
13 Sep 2019 - Earlier this year in Tshikapa, DR Congo, four Congolese women laughed together as they filled a water trough for their pigs – animals that hold the promise of income for them in the year to come.Their laughter stands in contrast to their experiences, just two and three years ago, when they fled... Read more...
5 Sep 2019 - “During this year I have learned to be more curious and adventurous. When I return to my country, I hope to be a better servant for Christ and in my church, and also to be more daring when assuming responsibilities,” says Gerhard Peters, a 2018–2019 YAMEN participant.The young man from a Mennonite... Read more...
26 Aug 2019 - From 25–27 June 2019, leaders and members of the four Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Commissions met together for a time of face-to-face discussion, reflection, worship and strategic planning to advance the mission of MWC.Approximately 40 women and men from around the globe gathered for the... Read more...
19 Aug 2019 - “Normally when I am away from home, I only want to go home again. Now, I just want to stay here,” said one participant in the first European Menno’s Global Youth Assembly.From 30 May to 2 June 2019, 45 young Mennonites from The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine met in Dopersduin... Read more...

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