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    who attended the January study conference as well as USMB pastors and district boards of faith and life It outlines what has transpired since March when BFL published an open letter outlining what led up to the Study Conference and how BFL was processing the outcomes According to the letter since March national BFL representatives have met with district BFLs and groups of professors from USMB colleges and the seminary to test preliminary revisions to Article 13 The June letter says We collected feedback on proposed Article 13 content its wording and our plans for revising and processing that draft The national BFL has now assessed that feedback has created a new draft and is ready for one more opportunity for review and comment The letter emphasizes that this is only a draft That means we invite pastors those who participated in the Study Conference those who participated in the conversations subsequent to it and any other interested MBs to examine this draft and provide feedback on it says the letter This feedback will be considered by the BFL The goal is to keep improving the draft until we are ready to recommend ratification at the 2014 national convention Feedback can be given to BFL chair Larry Nikkel at larrynikkel tabor edu or USMB executive director Ed Boschman at ebed usmb org Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments BFL invites comments on draft of Article 13 Monday Jul 22 2013 Board of Faith and Life accepting comments on proposed revisions until Aug 15 by Connie Faber Last month the USMB Board of Faith and Life BFL issued an open letter to follow up the January BFL study conference on Articles 12 and 13 of the Confession of Faith The letter includes proposed revisions to Article 13

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    invited to contribute to the fund USMB individuals who want to support the Global Scholarship Fund may direct their designated gift to MB Foundation ICOMB is also open to anyone wishing to create a named endowment towards a specific Mennonite Brethren conference or school in the Global South Interested donors may contact ICOMB s Wiebe or Jon Wiebe at MB Foundation for further information The purpose of the Global Scholarship Fund is to assist students from Mennonite Brethren ICOMB member conferences located in the Global South and or in emerging small conferences of the Global North In granting scholarships ICOMB gives priority to students in areas of the Mennonite Brethren world where there is less local funding available The Global Scholarship Fund Committee selected the recipients at their annual meeting May 21 held in conjunction with the ICOMB Summit The 2013 ICOMB Summit was held May 21 27 near Trujillo Peru Individual Students India BI Premiah CS Joel and RN Peter all are doctoral students and professors at the MB Centenary Bible College in Shamshabad G Ross Master of Missiology student India MB Conference leader overseeing church extension workers Congo Chistine K Mayani Master of Theology student pastor and assistant professor at Christian University of Missions in Kinshasa Kukedikila Muller Doctor of Theology student Kinshasa Conference Urban Pastor Coordinator and professor at UCKin Kinshasa Colombia Ana Milena G Elejalde Bachelor of theology student worship pastor Erika GP Cortes Bachelor of theology student deacon youth and children s pastor Paraguay Rafael Zaracho Doctoral student and professor at Instituto Biblico Asuncion Japan Yosio Fujii Master of Theology student at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary Portugal Moises Mente Bachelor of theology student associate pastor Lisbon Schools Nzashi Mwadi and Kikwit Bible Schools Congo for theology students Christian University of Kinshasa UCKIN Congo for nursing students International Mennonite Biblical University of Angola IBUMA for Bible students Mennonite Brethren Centenary Bible College of India MBCBC for Bible Students Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments ICOMB announces scholarship recipients Tuesday Jul 16 2013 Scholarships awarded to 11 students 5 schools ICOMB news story The International Community of Mennonite Brethren ICOMB has announced the 2013 14 recipients of the Global Scholarship Fund GSF established by ICOMB and MB Mission in 2010 to train leaders responsible for leadership development Each year endowments established by generous individuals and families generate funds aimed at leadership development in ICOMB member conferences This year approximately 40 000 was disbursed to students and institutions The genius of the fund is that these students are in positions of leadership already teaching others or guiding national ministries says David Wiebe ICOMB executive director We are helping Mennonite Brethren global churches to leverage the gifts of people in leading positions equipping them for even greater effectiveness Because scholarships are distributed to MB students around the world Mennonite Brethren around the globe are invited to contribute to the fund USMB individuals who want to support the Global Scholarship Fund may direct their designated gift

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    from Russia through Belarus and Ukraine to the Black Sea Ukraine was literally the land of Paul Toews father and the cradle of the Mennonite Brethren Interested Toews was also dubious since he d have to lead the cruise during the school year But his dean Dalton Reimer another of Arthur Wiebe s kids became the first of many administrators and others who supported Toews through 15 annual Mennonite Heritage cruises It was a very generous accommodation Toews says Toews travels have also taken him to Mennonite communities or former settlements in Poland the Netherlands Germany Switzerland and other countries in Europe South America and Asia Each 12 day cruise was made up of 150 to 180 people overwhelmingly the survivors and descendants of Catherine s invitation and Stalin s purge All who attended this floating Mennonite university had a connection to the land and an interest in the subject It s a professor s dream Toews says All for nol On his second time down the river it occurred to Toews that though there were no Mennonites left in the region their fingerprints might still be found At state archives in Odessa and other cities he struck historic gold in the form of Tsarist and Soviet records There were enormous riches Toews says Each year thereafter Toews copied documents and brought them to the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies building the largest collection of its kind in the United States 200 000 pages The cost of this priceless return on the investment of Reimer and others to FPU In Russian its nol In English zero Thanks go to the people on the cruises Virtually all of this has been funded by the Russian Mennonite diaspora Toews says Alongside Toews in several efforts was Peter Klassen former FPU faculty member and longtime board member as well as retired professor of history at California State University Fresno He has helped Mennonites understand what their background is Klassen says Scholarly meticulousness and a diplomatic touch have made Toews successful with students scholars and bureaucrats Paul is a real diplomat and a genuine person Klassen says He functions in any kind of setting Asked to describe Toews Klassen quotes poet Alexander Pope An honest man is the noblest work of God This is retirement The teacher who has guided careers and the diplomat who has charmed former Soviet officials becomes tongue tied at the thought of how he should be remembered First he tries to pass the question I don t know that I have a good response Toews says With thought come words I hope it s as one who inspired at least a few students and who inspired a little broader intellectual world he continues I hope students became more sympathetic and tolerant to other understandings we need to remember as the Apostle Paul wrote We do see through a glass darkly Differences between Toews on the faculty and Toews in retirement may not be readily apparent He plans to continue mining and assaying the treasurers of the Ukraine leading tours to former Mennonite colonies in Europe and dividing his time between where he calls home and where his ancestors came from The circle or ragged oval of discovering telling and shaping the story of his church and his people continues to draw Toews In so many ways Paul was at the right place at the right time in history Enns Rempel says Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments FPU historian Paul Toews retires Tuesday Jul 16 2013 Carrying the torch of history Toews enlightens the future By Wayne Steffen Fresno Pacific University recognized four retiring faculty members May 9 at the annual Faculty Staff Appreciation Luncheon Brian DeMars assistant professor of undergraduate kinesiology since 1999 Dave Derby assistant professor of education since 2009 Don McHatten assistant professor of special education since 2005 and Paul Toews Ph D professor of history since 1971 The university also recognized Toews contributions to the university and the Mennonite Brethren Church in an article published in the May 2013 issue of Pacific the FPU alumni magazine and reprinted with permission Each time Paul Toews led a pilgrimage to the Ukraine he closed a circle for himself and thousands of other Mennonites Maybe that circle was more a ragged oval for this middle son of Mennonite Brethren patriarch J B Toews had already attempted a brief bid for freedom from and a negotiated settlement with the culture that created him In choosing instead to carry the torch and fan its flame Paul Toews would enlighten lives far beyond Fresno Pacific University where he has spent 44 years as a history professor retiring in July 2013 All Mennonite groups including the Mennonite Brethren come from the Anabaptist tradition Part of the 16th century Christian Reformation Anabaptists were the first to practice adult or believer s baptism Placing Jesus Sermon on the Mount at the center of their faith they also traditionally do not serve in the military though the Toews family has certainly seen war Growing up Toews Born in Ukraine when it was part of Russia J B Toews lived the end of Mennonite history there the Bolshevik Revolution and the repression that followed displaced all and killed many The story had a better beginning as Catherine the Great invited Mennonites to farm vast lands in her growing empire Starting in 1788 Mennonites moved to Russia mostly from Poland and Prussia where over the next 130 plus years many became prosperous landowners before losing everything in the 1920s The Toews family was among those who fled to Canada To grow up in the house of J B Toews was to live in the lap of MB society At the dinner table church leaders discussed where The Brotherhood had been and where it was going There was interplay between past and present Paul Toews says No surprise Paul Toews loves history and teaching It s in my DNA he says The pulpit would

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    Condensed Version Confession of Faith Spanish Version Artículo 1 Artículo 2 Artículo 3 Artículo 4 Artículo 5 Artículo 6 Artículo 7 Artículo 8 Artículo 9 Artículo 10 Artículo 11 Artículo 12 Artículo 13 Artículo 14 Artículo 15 Artículo 16 Artículo 17 Artículo 18 Anabaptism The 12 Principles of Anabaptism Christian Leader Mission USA MUSA National Youth Board of Faith Life Events 2016 National Gathering Event Archives Contact Us News Find a Church Home In This Section News News Archive Epp concludes USMB ministry Tuesday Jul 16 2013 Epp serves nine months as USMB director of development USMB press release J Edward Epp has concluded his work as the USMB director of development effective June 30 USMB Executive Director Ed Boschman made the announcement July 3 We affirm J for his shepherd s heart and for his love for the church said Boschman in the announcement We are grateful for his positive commitment to and service in our USMB family We pray God s best for J and commend him to our churches for future ministry Epp who served for nine months was responsible for coordinating public relations designing and implementing fund development programs and strengthening connections with churches and partner agencies Epp was the first individual to hold the position on a full time basis since the position was created in 2011 Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Epp concludes USMB ministry Tuesday Jul 16 2013 Epp serves nine months as USMB director of development USMB press release J Edward Epp has concluded his work as the USMB director of development effective June 30 USMB Executive Director Ed Boschman made the announcement July 3 We affirm J for his shepherd s heart and for his love for the church said Boschman in the announcement We are

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    was hired for a short time as an associate in Slavic Ministries serving alongside Loyal Funk the director of Integrated Ministries IM as the USMB transcultural ministry was known at the time Slavic congregations began affiliating with U S Mennonite Brethren in the late 1980s as a result of USMB efforts to reach new immigrants The goal set for of Integrated Ministries IM when it was founded in 1988 was to add 30 immigrant congregations to the USMB family by the year 2000 Thanks to Funk s diligent efforts that goal was surpassed In 2000 Funk reported that IM was involved with 20 Slavic 10 Hispanic seven Korean five Ethiopian two Japanese and one Chinese congregations When Funk retired in 2004 the work with immigrant congregations was shifted to Mission USA director Don Morris While USMB has struggled over the past decades to effectively connect with the Slavic congregations it has adopted leaders are encouraged by the fact that Borisov s resignation was triggered by his desire to plant a church Borisov is the church plant pastor of Disciples Church Spokane Wash a daughter church of Pilgrim Slavic Church that is a second generation English language Slavic church plant While we had hoped and dreamed that we would be able to partner in the birthing of next generation English speaking church plants we had not expected our Slavic Ministries director would himself sense God s direction to become a church planter says USMB s Boschman The visionary and strong leadership support of Pastor Alex Kaprian and Pilgrim Slavic MB Church Borisov s home congregation to bless a next generation English speaking church plant was nothing short of miraculous Wall agrees If this is just the beginning of a new wave of English speaking MB churches being established within the Slavic community says the PDC minister then it was well worth our investment in Aleks to become the pioneer pastor that he is Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments USMB discontinues Slavic Ministries staff position Tuesday Jul 2 2013 Resignation prompts funding partners to review ministry to Slavic churches By Connie Faber A two year joint venture initiated by USMB to hire a national Slavic Ministries director has ended In early May USMB Executive Director Ed Boschman announced the decision to discontinue the position In addition to the USMB national conference the Pacific and Central District Conferences as well as MB Foundation and MB Mission were partners in the most recent effort to better connect USMB Slavic congregations to district and national ministries It was our hope to be able to partner with our Slavic churches in mission both in the United States and globally says Boschman in an email interview We wanted to resource our Slavic churches for increased ministry impact and to learn from them in whatever ways we could Boschman says encouraging the 34 USMB Slavic congregations to become involved in regional district and national gatherings and to financially support Mennonite Brethren ministries were

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    says the decision to close a church is always difficult We discern together We pray We listen to each other and to the voice of the Spirit The PDC plans to sell the property preferably to another Christ centered ministry with a fresh vision for that community If the sale results in a financial gain the income will go into the PDC s church planting fund for other projects in the region Wall says that the PDC has a number of opportunities for new church planting projects more than the district has had for a while It s an exciting time in the PDC Wall says We must be responsible with the precious resources entrusted to us Dobbins served as a bi vocational pastor and still works as a hospital chaplain He says he and Francisca are waiting for their next ministry and learning to be patient in that He finds his time in the Word especially rich these days and believes God has a purpose in that perhaps preparing him for the next step Dobbins did not come from a USMB background and says he has felt support from the larger USMB family during his ministry That has been an amazing experience for my wife and me He was actively engaged with USMB at both the district and national levels faithfully participating in conventions and retreats Wall says I have deep appreciation and love for Preston and Francisca and their heart their work their ministry Dobbins says that a few of the former attendees of The Bridge on Glendale have been able to connect with other churches in the area He hopes to maintain informal contact with former attendees and is considering the possibility of a Bible study or other regular gathering I m glad the Mennonite Brethren have had a ministry there for as long as we did Wall says I m grateful for the kingdom impact that was made Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Phoenix church closes Tuesday Jul 2 2013 The Bridge on Glendale held final service May 12 by Myra Holmes The Bridge on Glendale a Mennonite Brethren congregation in Phoenix Ariz with a 50 year history of ministry has closed Changing community demographics decreasing attendance and ongoing financial difficulties contributed to the decision to close The final service was held May 12 It was a church where Jesus was present and the Word proclaimed says Gary Wall Pacific District Conference minister The life of the community was real and dynamic The congregation began as Palm Glen Neighborhood MB Church in March 1963 under the direction of the PDC Board of Home Missions and broke ground on their church building five years later picture left Wes Gunther was the founding pastor According to PDC treasurer and unofficial historian Jim Enns many of the original attendees were Mennonite Brethren serving in alternative service Over the years the congregation underwent a number of transitions reflected in several name changes Desert Valley Community

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    Brethren The research project From Generation to Generation The History and Transmission of the Spiritual Formation of Two Granddaughters studies the history of the Christian spiritual formation of two Mennonite Brethren women one serving as a co pastor in an MB church Kampen Highland Community Church Abbotsford BC and the other a writer and professor of biblical studies Peters Trinity Western University Langley BC Of special interest to Kampen and Peters is the legacy of leadership they received from their grandparents and parents The study will combine oral interviews analysis of contextual factors and theological reflection on the process of writing a history of spiritual formation as MB women leaders Kampen and Peters s research will encourage us to listen to and record the living history of men and women elders in our families and the MB Church says Commission Chair Isaac It honors the path Katie Funk Wiebe has taken in reminding us of the gifts both men and women can bring to the church The Commission also celebrated the release of Maureen Klassen s book It Happened in Moscow launched during the weekend at the Winnipeg Center for MB Studies Sixty people gathered Friday evening to hear Klassen describe the stunning discovery of a family secret and the steady assurance of God s presence through the horrors of Stalin s purges Copies of this Commission publication are available from Kindred Productions ISBN 978 1 894791 35 9 240 pp 21 95 paper The Commission also toured the site of the Canadian Human Rights Museum that is nearing completion in downtown Winnipeg The Friday afternoon tour reminded MBHC of its own mandate to preserve and interpret the stories and records related to Mennonite Brethren one particular segment of God s people Since its formation in 1969 the Commission has helped coordinate the collection preservation and interpretation of Mennonite Brethren archival records congregational meeting minutes conference proceedings personal papers periodicals and photographs Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Historical Commission holds annual meeting Tuesday Jul 2 2013 Commission awards research grant hears from summer intern Compiled from Historical Commission news stories The Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission MBHC responsible for fostering historical understanding and appreciation among Mennonite Brethren in Canada and United States held is annual general meeting June 7 8 in Winnipeg Man USMB representatives Don Isaac the commission chair from Hillsboro Kan and Julia Reimer and Valerie Rempel both of Fresno Calif join three Canadian members in coordinating the work of the commission and four archival centers in North America The Commission heard reports from each of the four archival centers Center for M B Studies Hillsboro Kan Center for M B Studies Fresno Calif Mennonite Historical Society of B C Abbotsford B C and Centre for M B Studies Winnipeg Man The reports highlighted book publications recent acquisitions conferences held and digitization of print sound and image media The Commission also followed up two competitive awards it initiated in the fall of 2012 thanks

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    Boschman citing Colombia home to 1 600 Mennonite Brethren as an example Colombia reports incredible injustice and violence at multiple levels including the ruling government official and militia that they are choosing daily how to respond says Boschman And they are committed to pursuing peace through non violent means Also on the agenda was the Global Scholarship Fund fund committee members met the Monday prior to the summit The fund was established in 2010 by ICOMB and MB Mission the North American mission agency to train leaders from the global South or from emerging and small conferences of the global North who will train other leaders At this meeting ICOMB distributed 40 000 to international students through the Global Scholarship Fund Director Wiebe has been commissioned to raise 1million to double the fund s capacity We are turning away student applications for lack of funds says Wiebe This is difficult since education builds conference capacity and long term strength in mission The 2013 summit agenda also included times for each conference leader to share concerns and joys and to pray for one another In their final session Friday the group shared communion and washed one another s feet MB Mission workers in the Trujillo area and local MB church leaders hosted the ICOMB delegates who enjoyed the temperate and comfortable coastal climate Saturday ICOMB representatives traveled to various cities in Peru including Trujillo where on Sunday Boschman of USMB preached through a translator in the MB church in that city Jose N Gola Muinga president of the IEIMA MB Conference has invited ICOMB to meet in Lusanda Angola in 2014 Reflecting on the annual ICOMB gatherings in a recent email to USMB pastors Boschman says It really is a rare and spiritually nourishing experience to be able to interact with those leaders Many of them are the spiritual children and grandchildren of both our current MB missionaries and those of decades past Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments ICOMB gathers in Peru Tuesday Jun 18 2013 Annual global summit includes review of USMB Confession of Faith By Connie Faber with files from David Wiebe for ICOMB All 20 global Mennonite Brethren conferences were represented at the 2013 International Community of Mennonite Brethren ICOMB summit May 21 27 The last time all MB conferences were represented at the annual gathering of global leaders was in 2010 when the group met in Germany as part of the Mennonite Brethren Church 150th anniversary celebration The 2013 gathering took place near Trujillo Peru and was organized around the theme of Listening to God Ed Boschman USMB executive director represented U S Mennonite Brethren at the ICOMB gathering God spoke to us in Peru says David Wiebe ICOMB executive director and we tried to listen The three day summit began with a report from Wiebe reviewing his first year as the full time ICOMB executive director and an orientation session to assist the five first time conference representatives and guests Then

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