Stories

Follow the fire: walking with Jesus in the Spirit’s presence

Side by side, the mighty river of Pentecostals today and the heirs of the Anabaptist stream of the Christian tradition may seem fairly remote from each other, but the underground reality is more closely connected than one would first detect. Photo:... more/más/suite

From teaching math to multiplying churches

School graduations, church conferences, crime awareness and prayer meetings. All these take place in our church building with participation from local churches across denominations. We have many opportunities to be peacemakers in our area, working... more/más/suite

Building paths with those who are different

The ecumenical imperative comes from Jesus’ prayer during the passion vigil in Gethsemane. There, by way of his prayer to God, he declared his irrevocable commitment and will that Christians love one another. Jesus pleaded that his disciples “may... more/más/suite

Grace at the heart of our witness

Early Anabaptists left or were expelled from monasteries and congregations of the Roman Catholic church. But Anabaptists retained this very monastic ideal: that it is possible – essential – for Christians to take seriously the Sermon on the Mount (... more/más/suite

Jesus' credibility

The way we relate with other churches has a direct impact in our missional witness. That is one reason, among many others, why Mennonite World Conference engages churches of other Christian traditions in dialogue. The credibility of Jesus is more... more/más/suite

A Theology of Interchurch Hospitality and Denominational Identity

In the household of God ( ecumene ) we need to be ready to live in “reconciled diversity,” being both brave in claiming our denominational heritage, legacy and contribution, and humble in acknowledging our limited understanding. more/más/suite

Peaceful waters: the Mennonite church in the Caribbean

Beginning in the 1940s, Anabaptism was introduced to the Caribbean by American Mennonite missionaries. Today Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Puerto Rico have national Mennonite churches belonging to MWC membership; Trinidad and Tobago’s four-... more/más/suite

The blessing of an ecumenical team

Over the last year, Hong Kong has experienced one of the most difficult times in her history. In our churches, it has been difficult as well. A common question for people in our congregations is “What is the standpoint of the church?” Pastors have... more/más/suite

United by grace for 40 years

“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness.” Psalm 115:1 Église Évangélique Mennonite du Burkina Faso (evangelical Mennonite church of Burkina Faso) In the spirit of this... more/más/suite

Our God is a restorer

Mass migration is a concern for many countries today: it is part of both the history and the present of Anabaptist-Mennonites. We have been both those who are migrating and those who are welcoming neighbours to a new home. At Justice on the Journey... more/más/suite

Foreigners on a pilgrimage

Mass migration is a concern for many countries today: it is part of both the history and the present of Anabaptist-Mennonites. We have been both those who are migrating and those who are welcoming neighbours to a new home. At Justice on the Journey... more/más/suite

Grey does not have to stay grey

Mass migration is a concern for many countries today: it is part of both the history and the present of Anabaptist-Mennonites. We have been both those who are migrating and those who are welcoming neighbours to a new home. At Justice on the Journey... more/más/suite

Responding to displaced people

Mass migration is a concern for many countries today: it is part of both the history and the present of Anabaptist-Mennonites. We have been both those who are migrating and those who are welcoming neighbours to a new home. At Justice on the Journey... more/más/suite

Opening our arms and hearts to migrants

Mass migration is a concern for many countries today: it is part of both the history and the present of Anabaptist-Mennonites. We have been both those who are migrating and those who are welcoming neighbours to a new home. At Justice on the Journey... more/más/suite

A requirement to love and be obedient

Those of us who have seen migration up close know that is an issue that concerns the people of God. Those who migrate – leaving their security and comfort behind – expose themselves to adversity and an uncertain future. Some who migrate do so... more/más/suite

“One another’s keepers”

“ Isisu somhambi asinganani, singangophondo lwempunzi. Literally: the stomach of a traveller is as tiny as the horn of a buck.” Volunteer MWC Regional Representative for Southern Africa Barbara Nkala learned generosity from childhood. Her mother “... more/más/suite

Children dream in peace

Since beginning in Europe, the Anabaptist movement has had a migrant identity. The theological foundations that gave it life intersect with today’s migrant reality, presenting challenges for the missional, pastoral and social justice work of our... more/más/suite

Will we take up the call?

As a Canadian, I’m generally pleased to identify with my country. I’m also aware that my family lines moved to this country from Ukraine 100–150 years ago. However, they weren’t Ukrainian – they moved from Prussia, and before that from the... more/más/suite

Sharing what we need, not what we deserve

“They deserve their suffering”, a person said about migrants arriving in the country during a local church meeting in Colombia. The person continued: “These people bring it upon themselves, fleeing from the policies of their government that they... more/más/suite

A transformed spirit of listening

At Renewal 2027 – The Holy Spirit Transforming Us in Kisumu, Kenya, 21 April 2018, several people shared a testimony of experiencing the Spirit’s work changing people in the church. The columns in this section have been adapted from their... more/más/suite