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  • Mountain States Mennonites take step toward gay ordination

    02/04/2014 7:32:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | February 3, 2014 | Elizabeth Evans
    On Sunday (Feb. 2), a regional body of Mountain States Mennonites licensed the first lesbian in a committed same-sex relationship, the first step toward ordination. Theda Good’s licensure was celebrated by some Mennonite Church USA clergy and greeted with dismay by others.
  • Family-Run Business Tells Supreme Court: Stop Obama’s HHS Mandate (Mennonite)

    01/10/2014 2:31:02 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Life News ^ | January 10, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    A family-run business filed papers with the Supreme Court today telling the high court that it must stop the “unjust” Obamcare mandate that requires companies to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs for their employees.This is the companion case to the legal challenge the Supreme Court accepted from Hobby Lobby.Alliance Defending Freedom and allied attorneys representing a Pennsylvania Mennonite family and its woodworking business filed their opening brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Friday in one of two major legal challenges to the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate that the high court agreed in November to hear.“Unjust laws are...
  • Amish Newspapers Thrive in Digital Age

    08/31/2013 10:45:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8-31-13 | Clare Ansberry
    SUGARCREEK, Ohio—The corn stands 5 feet tall, the temperatures are in the 90s and Johnny Byler got hooked on his head while fishing with a friend, reported Mrs. Jerry Ray Byler in a recent front-page article of the Budget. Mrs. Byler is one of about 860 correspondents for the Budget, a 123-year-old weekly newspaper, which carries the news of Amish and Mennonite communities, from Diagonal, Iowa to the three Minnesota outposts of Bertha, Clarissa and Lenora. They write about who got married, who went to church, who received dentures—and how 11 chickens went missing when Toby Schrocks of Cisne, Ill.,...
  • Mennonite pastor who helped girl escape lesbian ‘mother’ sent to jail for refusing to testify

    01/28/2013 2:30:01 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 27, 2013 | MATTHEW CULLINAN HOFFMAN
    Pastor Miller and his family January 25, 2013 ( - "I have time for just a short note," wrote Mennonite pastor Kenneth Miller to his supporters as he awaited his inevitable arrest yesterday, "'...Whom having not seen ye love, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.' (1 Pet. 1:8-9)  He is risen. His Kingdom reigns forever. All is well." Hours later, Miller faced federal judge William Sessions III, and informed him that he would not testify before a...
  • Mennonite convicted of aiding ‘kidnapping’ for helping girl escape court-imposed lesbian ‘mother’

    08/16/2012 1:56:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 15, 2012 | MATTHEW CULLINAN HOFFMAN
    Lisa Miller and daughter Isabellea August 15, 2012 ( - Kenneth L. Miller, a Mennonite pastor who helped a little girl and her mother to flee the United States to escape the girl’s court-imposed lesbian “mother,” has been convicted on the charge of “aiding and abetting a parental kidnapping.” A Vermont jury returned the verdict yesterday after only four hours of deliberation. He is free while awaiting sentencing, which could bring a punishment of up to three years in prison.  Miller’s attorney, Joshua M. Autry, says he is considering an appeal. Following the verdict, lesbian Janet Jenkins filed a civil...
  • Lancaster County father, 2 sons die in Maryland manure pit

    05/25/2012 6:09:17 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 32 replies ^ | 25 May 2012 | Cindy Stauffer
    A Lancaster County man and two of his sons died after apparently drowning in a manure pit Wednesday at a Maryland farm where they were working. The victims were identified as Glen W. Nolt, 48, and his sons, Kelvin R. Nolt, 18, and Cleason S. Nolt, 14, all of the 900 block of Goshen Mill Road in Peach Bottom. The three were reported missing Wednesday night at a large dairy farm in Kennedyville, Md., which is between Elkton and Chestertown, on the east side of the Chesapeake Bay. The Nolts came to the farm to work each day in the...
  • Iowa Supreme Court Says Mennonite Steel Wheels OK

    02/04/2012 3:14:23 PM PST · by stillafreemind · 35 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Feb. 4th, 2012 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Matthew Zimmerman got a ticket in February 2010 for driving with steel cleats on his tractor. He drove over newly paved road. He was 13 years old at the time of the citation. His punishment was $500 or 30 days in jail. There was a possibility for both, plus pay for road damages. Matthew (pictured in Des Moines Register) is 15 now and has had the Iowa Supreme Court weigh in on his case.
  • First conversation between Adventists, Mennonites focuses on living Christian life

    07/12/2011 6:43:44 AM PDT · by Cronos · 7 replies
    news.adventist ^ | 11 07 11 | Bettina Krause, Ansel Oliver
    This month's formal conversation between leaders of the Mennonite World Conference and the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists offered the opportunity for both groups to share their beliefs and dispel misunderstandings in a receptive forum, leaders of both groups said. "By sitting down and talking with those of other faiths, we gain a deeper understanding of who they are," said John Graz, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty director for the Adventist Church, whose department organized the June 28 to July 1 event at its world headquarters. In a joint statement, leaders from both faiths said each shares "a desire to...
  • Mennonite father locks son in wooden box for two months… for stealing three chickens

    06/20/2011 1:32:37 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18th June 2011 | John Stevens
    A Canadian man who locked his 21-year-old son in a tiny wooden box for eight weeks has been forced to release him by police. Johan Knelsen was made to live in the homemade prison, no bigger than a portable toilet, in the basement of his home in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. His father, David Knelsen, told police that his son was mentally ill and needing punishing for stealing livestock Local media reported that the young man had also used a telephone. The family are Mennonites, a Christian denomination that follows a strict interpretation of the Bible and shuns the use of...
  • Westboro Baptist to picket funeral of 7 Mennonite children

    03/11/2011 3:03:53 PM PST · by Route797 · 69 replies
    Lebanon Daily News ^ | 3-11-2011 | Lebanon Daily News
    Fresh off their Supreme Court victory allowing them to picket funerals of military soldiers, members of the Westboro Baptist Church have announced plans to picket the funerals of seven Mennonite children killed Tuesday night when their Perry County farmhouse caught fire. The children, ages 7 months to 11 years, were killed when a fire started in the home while their mother was milking cows and their father was on his milk delivery route.Their three-year-old daughter managed to escape and alert the mother, but the fire had already overwhelmed the wooden structure, police said. The group from Topeka, Kan., said the...
  • Ike Skelton's opponent denies she's a pacifist despite Mennonite church ties

    09/30/2010 8:53:01 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 22 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 9/30/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    (Sept. 30, 2010) — This fall, Missouri residents might vote out the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, replacing U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, a conservative Democrat who describes himself as “the soldiers’ Congressman” in campaign material, with a member of a church which until a few months ago was known as Harrisonville Mennonite Church. Mennonites have been pacifists for centuries and have generally opposed military service, though some have served in various non-combat positions within the military. However, Hartzler’s campaign spokesman emphasizes that she is not a pacifist and does not agree with some views historically held by Mennonites....
  • Mennonites in Ohio protest exclusion of gays

    07/03/2009 9:14:46 AM PDT · by nitzy · 32 replies · 1,385+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 07/02/09 | AP
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gay and lesbian Mennonites dressed in bright pink have gathered with others outside the church's biannual convention in Columbus to criticize its leaders for trying to push them out.
  • Mennonites make historic first visit to the Vatican

    10/22/2007 4:23:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 27+ views
    CNA ^ | October 19, 2007
    Vatican City, Oct 19, 2007 / 05:05 pm (CNA).- The Vatican witnessed an unprecedented event today as the Pope received the first delegation to ever come from the Mennonite World Conference. Benedict XVI welcomed the group which split from the Catholic Church in the 16th century and noted that they are to be commended for their longstanding witness to peace. "The Mennonites are part of the Anabaptist tradition of the Reformation," explains a communique issued by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. "To use a modern term, the Mennonites could be described today as pacifists.” “For their views on...
  • Forced Education in Homosexuality and Evolution Leads to Exodus of Mennonites from Quebec

    08/17/2007 2:49:38 PM PDT · by em2vn · 30 replies · 826+ views
    Lifesite ^ | 08-16-07 | John-Henry Westen and Elizabeth O'Brien
    A community of a dozen Mennonite families in Quebec is ready to leave the province rather than succumb to provincial government demands that would require their children to be taught evolution and homosexuality. While the government sees its actions as nothing more than enforcing technical regulations, many view the case as intolerance of Christian faith. The community runs a small Mennonite school out of a church in Roxton Falls where eleven children in elementary grades were expected to commence studies this Fall. Subjects include reading, writing, math, science, geography, social sciences, music and French. However, they are not schooled in...
  • Our phone? Past the barn, near the hedge (Amish/Mennonite communities cutting deals with technology)

    09/09/2006 3:19:07 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 15 replies · 458+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 8, 2006 | Dan Morse
    Off the side of a dirt road in southern Maryland stands an odd answer to the swiftly changing telecommunications industry. It's a rusted metal chamber, nearly 8 feet tall. The door is padlocked. Trees surround it, with no houses in sight. It looks like an old bomb shelter. Inside is a telephone. Built by several nearby Mennonite families, the oil tank-turned-phone booth connects them to the rest of the world. Sort of. And "sort of" is the point when it comes to the estimated 1,600 Old Order Mennonite and Amish residents who still ride horse-drawn buggies down the roads of...
  • Falling Through Cracks: City churches are closing because they can't afford earthquake retrofitting.

    02/17/2006 7:53:40 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 477+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/17/6 | Carol Lloyd
    Even with its parapets and stained glass, the Golden Gate Lutheran Church on the corner of 19th Street and Dolores in the Mission isn't the prettiest building around. Truth be told, the red-brick edifice built in 1912 has a bit of the humble workhorse about it. Nor does it attract the most worshippers. According to Pastor Ed Miller, the congregation of active members amounts to only about 35 or 40 people. But like so many inner-city churches, it made itself relevant -- and for some people indispensable -- by filling gaps in our yawning social safety net. Until recently, it...
  • U.S. Court Upholds Va. Pledge Requirement

    08/10/2005 10:39:39 PM PDT · by ChristianDefender · 5 replies · 332+ views
    newsday ^ | 08-10-05 | LARRY O'DELL
    RICHMOND, Va. -- An appeals court on Wednesday upheld a Virginia law that requires public schools to lead a daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, rejecting a claim that its reference to God was an unconstitutional promotion of religion. A suit filed by Edward Myers of Sterling, Va., a father of three, raised the objection to the phrase "one nation under God." A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the pledge is a patriotic exercise, not an affirmation of religion similar to a prayer. "Undoubtedly, the pledge contains a religious phrase, and it...
  • Amish community builds mental-health home for members

    04/24/2005 6:14:34 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 4 replies · 388+ views
    MOUNT GRETNA (AP) — On the grounds of a private psychiatric center, a modest two-story house with light gray siding is being built by Amish carpenters. Their labor is creating a service currently unavailable to members of this area’s Old Order Amish and conservative Mennonite communities who suffer from mental illness. The house known as Green Pastures will allow the Amish to live among their own people and maintain a lifestyle that eschews modern conveniences — no television or radio — while receiving outpatient clinical treatment. Known for their plain style of dress and their use of horse-drawn buggies, the...
  • Protestant clergyman sentenced to three years in prison

    11/12/2004 5:34:13 PM PST · by xzins · 5 replies · 289+ views
    AsiaNew.It ^ | 12 Nov 04
    12 November, 2004 VIETNAM Protestant clergyman sentenced to three years in prison Ho Chi Minh City (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Nguyen Hong Quang, a Mennonite pastor, was sentenced to three years in prison “for activities against local authorities”. Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Court convicted five more people to prison terms ranging from nine months to two years. The trial, which lasted only one day, was closed to foreign journalists. Rev Nguyen Hong Quang (see photo) was arrested on June 8 whilst hosting a scout meeting in his house in a Hanoi suburb. Trained as a lawyer, he is secretary general of...

    11/09/2004 1:31:36 AM PST · by miltonim · 6 replies · 504+ views
    ASSIST News Service ^ | Turkey November 4, 2004 | Michael Ireland
    TURKEY (ANS) -- A Mennonite missionary in Turkey was gagged and bound earlier this week by three men posing as “spiritual seekers” wanting to know more about questions of faith. According to a report received at the US office of Turkish World Outreach in Grand Junction, Colorado on Nov 4, from friends at Rosedale Mennonite Missions based in Irwin, Ohio, Bob Stauffer from RMM received a call from Wilbur and Shirley Miller at 1:00 PM November 2, saying Wilbur was in a meeting with three young men (about seventeen years old) who posed as seekers in spiritual things through the...
  • Amish For Bush!!

    08/05/2004 4:31:43 PM PDT · by gobucks · 61 replies · 2,147+ views
    The ^ | Aug 5, 2004 | LARA JAKES JORDAN (AP)
    Republicans, searching for votes, look to Amish for support LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press BIRD-IN-HAND, Pa. - The Amish live without electricity, cars, telephones, and usually, without voting. But they are being sought out this year as Republicans try to sign up every possible supporter in presidential battleground states. Amish almost always side with the Republican Party when they do vote - making them an attractive, if unlikely, voting bloc in the neck-and-neck campaign between President Bush and Democratic nominee John Kerry. A majority of the nation's Amish live in key swing states like Pennsylvania and Ohio. "Pennsylvania and Ohio...
  • Ohio Set to Exempt Amish from Workers' Compensation

    05/12/2003 3:58:01 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 2 replies · 154+ views
    Ohio Set to Exempt Amish from Workers' Compensation Friday, May 9, 2003 Ohio's House and Senate passed a bill that would exempt members of Amish and other religious sects from paying workers' compensation premiums if it goes against their beliefs, the Associated Press reports. A spokesperson for Ohio Gov. Bob Taft says the governor is expected to sign the bill into law. The measure would cover groups that have been a recognized religion since 1950. In addition, the religious groups must carry a program with coverage for their members' insurance needs. Other states with large Amish and Mennonite populations...
  • Abortion statement to be tested by many groups before delegate vote at Atlanta

    02/20/2003 8:18:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 113+ views
    Mennonite Church USA news service ^ | 2/12/03 | Laurie L. Oswald
    ELKHART, Ind. (MC USA) -- In response to a call from constituents for Mennonite Church USA to reaffirm its stand on abortion, the Executive Board in January unanimously adopted a statement that considers abortion as "counter to biblical principles" but encourages compassionate responses to those caught in a complex issue. The statement -- still in draft form to undergo another revision -- will be sent to the Constituency Leaders' Council (CLC), area conferences and other groups for feedback before delegates vote on its approval at Atlanta 2003 in July. The new draft statement reworks and updates statements approved by the...
  • Mennonite Midwife Behind Bars - A case of overreach

    12/03/2002 9:52:40 PM PST · by gubamyster · 11 replies · 334+ views
    NRO ^ | December 3, 2002 | Benjamin Wiker
    December 3, 2002, 8:30 a.m. By Benjamin Wiker Diminutive, soft-spoken, gray-haired inmate 17204 at Holmes County Jail has been behind bars for over a month. She wears an orange jumpsuit rather than her usual modest blue Mennonite dress. She stays in a cellblock on the second floor. Heavy iron beds, vinyl mattresses, metal sink, and toilet combination. No privacy. Most annoying of all, for this quiet, prayerful 47-year-old are "the blaring TV and the foul language from the girls. I'd appreciate specific prayer concerning that." Who is this criminal? Freida M. Miller is a lay midwife. She's been at it...
  • Prayer needed for surviving family

    08/07/2002 12:03:14 AM PDT · by womanvet · 9 replies · 401+ views
    ABC News ^ | August 7 2002 | Associated Press
    PERRY, Ga. Aug. 7 — Five family members returning from a funeral in Indiana died Tuesday when their minivan ran into a concrete culvert. Georgia State Patrol officials said the victims included two parents and their children, ages 1, 3 and 4... The Knepps, who are from Florida, had borrowed the van from a Mennonite church friend so they could attend the funeral of Knepp's grandfather. Copyright 2002 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.