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New US executive order causes issues for higher education

By Walt Wiltschek HARRISONBURG, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA / Mennonite Education Agency) — The recent executive order temporarily banning entry from seven Muslim-majority countries has been having widespread effects, including for institutions of higher education. Several Mennonite colleges and universities have already reported impacts from the federal action, though the long-term results of the ban […]

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Church leaders make “Public Call to Protect All People”

(Mennonite Church USA) — “A Public Call to Protect All People,” issued by more than 50 Christian leaders from across the United States, notes concern with the “threatening” tone of recent political rhetoric and calls on congregations and other groups to deepen their engagement in the economic, social and political health of their local communities. […]

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Online theology education opens doors

By Kelsey Hochstetler SUGARCREEK, Ohio (Mennonite Mission Network / Mennonite Education Agency) – Nora Marleni Martínez of Metapan, El Salvador, is in the first group of students in a regional Peace and Justice Institute program of the Seminario Anabautista Latinoamericano (SEMILLA). Many SEMILLA courses are taught in local centers across Central America and Mexico, but […]

Biology for service: Archival traces of Mennonite environmentalist thought

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA In 1995, the Mennonite Environmental Task Force (METF) organized a “Creation Summit” in Camp Lake, Wisconsin, that brought together farmers, educators, mission workers, and students from across North America. While the goal of the conference was to develop an “Anabaptist theology of […]

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Dr. Joseph Manickam named ninth president of Hesston College

HESSTON, Kansas (Hesston College / Mennonite Education Agency) — Dr. Joseph Manickam has been appointed as the ninth president of Hesston College following a unanimous vote from the Hesston College Board of Directors and the Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) board. He will officially assume office on July 1, 2017. Dr. Manickam, currently director of the […]

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Mennonite women claim power and celebrate diversity at second Women Doing Theology conference

By Janie Beck Kreider LEESBURG, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA) – For Chantelle Todman Moore, Mennonite Church USA’s second Women Doing Theology (WDT) conference was a rare experience in a denominational setting where she “didn’t feel tokenized” as an African-American woman. “But even in this space of progress where things are moving, I know it gets […]

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Hesston College announces Dr. Joseph Manickam as candidate of choice for its ninth president

HESSTON, Kansas (Hesston College / Mennonite Education Agency) — The Hesston College (Kansas) Board of Directors, following a unanimous vote by those at its October meeting, announces Dr. Joseph Manickam as its candidate of choice to become the ninth president of Hesston College. “Dr. Manickam is creative, imaginative and is a visionary,” says Kelvin Friesen, […]

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Joy Sutter nominado para moderadora electa de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.

Por Walt Wiltschek HESSTON, Kansas (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — Joy Sutter, directora de un hospital y miembro actual de la junta ejecutiva de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU., ha sido elegida como candidata para el rol de moderadora electa de la iglesia a partir del 2017. Su candidatura fue aprobada por la […]

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Sutter nominated as Mennonite Church USA moderator-elect

By Walt Wiltschek HESSTON, Kansas (Mennonite Church USA) — Joy Sutter, a hospital administrator and current member of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board, has been called as the nominee for moderator-elect of the church beginning in 2017. Her nomination was approved by the Executive Board and affirmed at the Constituency Leaders Council meeting held […]

“There’s a crack in everything, letting the light in — and out”

Ken Gingerich reflects on letting God use him — “despite some big cracks” — for more than 40 years ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Long-time Executive Board staff member Ken Gingerich of Albuquerque, New Mexico, retired at the end of June from his role as art director for Mennonite Church USA. Which roles and […]