During World War II, the Historic Peace Churches in the U.S. negotiated “Alternate Service” options for Conscientious Objectors (“COs”). As followers of Jesus, they saw military service as disregarding his example of nonviolence, and his clear admonition to “love your enemies.”
Henry Paetkau, former president of Conrad Grebel University College, has been named area church minister for Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, succeeding Muriel Bechtel, who is retiring after 12 years in that role.
Ann L. Schultz will assume the role of Principal at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, commencing January 2013, succeeding outgoing Principal Betsy Petker who will be retiring this June, according to the board of directors.
It doesn’t help a bit, but we all take satisfaction from time to time in saying, “We told you so.”
Although the Internet video "Kony 2012" is bringing world attention to an infamous Ugandan warlord, calling for his arrest this year, it doesn't mention much about the church leaders who continue to work for peace in Northern Uganda and central Africa and recently recalled their encounters with Joseph Kony.
A major US newspaper reporter has pointed the finger, once again, at Mennonites in the Paraguayan Chaco for massive deforestation, clearing the land for grazing large herds of beef cattle, a major export for the small country. Simon Romero of the New York Times picked up the story March 24 begun by the Guardian newspaper of the United Kingdom two years earlier.
A major breakthrough in the evangelical world took place in Bethlehem through a gathering of over 600 international and local Christians, including renowned evangelical leaders
Since 1982 there has been only one official statement of the World Council of Churches (WCC) on mission and evangelism. Now in 2012 the WCC's Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) is preparing another statement to invoke new understanding of mission and evangelism amidst changing world and ecclesial scenarios.
Kathryn Sherer, a pianist who instructed hundreds of students and together with her violinist husband performed around the world, died at home on Feb. 28 after a long illness. She was 79 years old and an associate professor emerita of music at Goshen College.
With the help of participants from several regions of the world a World Council of Churches (WCC) consultation recently looked at Christian self-understanding in the context of indigenous spiritual traditions.
Founded by breakaway U.S. Episcopal priests who left their former denomination because they felt it was too liberal, the Anglican Mission in the Americas is now in the middle of another ugly church feud.
It must be admitted by people of faith that “religion is not just a solution to war and violence. Too often, it can be part of the problem,” Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse told a consultation on world peace and human security convened by the World Council of Churches.
Archbishop Hieronymos II of Athens and All Greece on Feb. 2 warned the Greek government of a possible social upheaval if more austerity measures are ushered in by international financial institutions overseeing the sovereign debt crisis.
Energetic music, lively dance, and passion for the church they belonged to was apparent to those who came, both church delegates and visitors, to the conference held just outside of Johannesburg from April 15-17, 2011.