March 2016

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March 2016

Fellowship and Renewal

New Executive Committee meets in Indonesia

Bogotá, Colombia – Excitement for Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Assembly 2021 was in the air at the MWC Executive Committee annual meeting 12–19 February 2016 in Semarang, Indonesia.

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Project: A-Mar, or Oceans of Love

South American Mennonite youth build friendships across borders

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“Not in my name” – European Mennonites reject violence

Bogotá, Colombia – Mennonite churches in Europe are responding the violence and displacement in the Middle East that is affecting their society.

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Mennonitischer Gemeiden (AMG – Mennonite church in Germany) and Algemene Doopsgezind Societeit (ADS – Dutch Mennonite society) each wrote a letter to their governments urging peace.

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Young Anabaptists: the present church

They have a relatively short history, but their voices at PA 2015 were arresting and incisive. In fact, the Young Anabaptists’ presentations throughout the morning worship at the Assembly caused some of the most spirited conversation at the Farm Show Complex (FSC) and were shared and discussed extensively on social media and beyond.

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More united than ever before

Alfred Neufeld, chair of MWC’s Faith and Life Commission, reflects on the state of the global Mennonite faith community

Alfred Neufeld, theologian, historian and generally insightful philosopher, reads on two tracks these days: “Proceedings” from past Mennonite World Conference Assemblies and social media.

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GYS sends a strong call to impact the world by sharing gifts

The three-day Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Global Youth Summit (GYS) at Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, concluded Sunday, 19 July 2015, with a strong desire to impact the world by sharing their gifts.

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What I found at PA 2015 and will take home with me:

Being a part of the throngs at PA 2015 made Paulus Hartono of Indonesia reflect on his early life and how unlikely it is that he found his way to this place. Now a Mennonite pastor and highly active in peace work in Solo (Surakarta) Central Java, Indonesia, with its strong Muslim community, Hartono grew up in a Buddhist family.

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Prayers of gratitude and intercession

March 2016: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! “You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ – he is Lord of all” (Acts 10:36 NRSV). At Easter, we praise God for the resurrection and pray that we would be faithful in proclaiming God’s lordship through our words and our lives. As we celebrate with joy, we pray for our brothers and sisters in parts of the world we cannot name for their safety who are unable to celebrate openly due to persecution Read more...

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