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Mennonite World Conference
U.S. Mennonite Brethren musician Clyde Ferguson Jr., from Lenoir, NC, is one of 19 musicians selected to lead the morning and evening worship each day at the Mennonite World Conference assembly to be held July 21-26 at the Farm Show complex in Harrisburg, Pa.
We lament the horrendous and inhumane atrocities, reports of which fill our newspapers and dominate our television screens. It is not difficult to imagine Jesus weeping today as he did in Luke 19:41–42. The world is not the way it was meant to be. At Jesus’ birth, the angels proclaimed “peace on earth” (Luke 2:14). Through Jesus, God calls the church to be God’s co-workers in the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18–19).
Fifty-some young musicians walked nearly 100 miles carrying their drums, luggage and a few babies to attend the centennial celebration of Communauté Mennonite au Congo (CMCO), July 16–22.
Helga Dueck had no idea, when she started out for Mennonite World Conference assembly in Winnipeg in 1990, how much her life was about to change. She travelled from Filadelfia, Paraguay, eager to meet new people, reunite with old friends, and attend a special session for people with disabilities.
How do we follow the way of Jesus Christ in the health field? Health care workers of Anabaptist faith from around the world will discuss their mission as Christian medical practitioners July 15–16 in Paraguay, in conjunction with Mennonite World Conference Assembly 15.
That there is “a fair bit of dissatisfaction” among its members and supporters over the “unwieldiness” of an organization that takes a minimum of six months to approve decisions – assuming all 12 boards are in agreement from the beginning – was acknowledged by Arli Klassen at the annual Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) binational board meeting in Waterloo, Ont., June 11–12.