Posts by Kristina Toews

Daily News 22 July

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PA 2015 participants worshiped in many different languages. Photo by Rhoda Shirk César García of Colombia, MWC general secretary, preached the opening sermon on the Assembly theme, “Walking with God.” MWC Vice President Janet Plenert translated. Photo by Jonathan Charles To the tune of “When the Saints Go Marching In,” banner carriers representing MWC’s 102 […]

The Loss of Turtle Island – Wed...

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The Loss of Turtle Island allows participants to interactively explore the historic relationship between Europeans, specifically Mennonites in the United States, and the Indigenous nations who inhabit the land we call the United States of America. Blankets will represent the land, and the workshop participants will represent the First Peoples – the distinct cultures and […]

News: 21 July

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Mennonites and Brethren in Christ from around the world arrive for PA 2015. Photo by Karla Braun Updates  Assembly News on the Web Want to know more about the events, activities and personalities at PA 2015? Stay up to date with the latest about Assembly by visiting the MWC website (pa2015. mwc-cmm.org), liking us on […]

GYS Highlight Video

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Highlights from the three days of GYS!

Living Out Peace: My Gift

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Mennonite World Conference’s Global Youth Summit is celebrating the gifts that each young adult brings to the global church.  One gift is the encouragement and model of Conscientious Objection: refusing mandatory military service in order to follow Jesus’ way of peace. GYS participants celebrated COs today, writing notes to encourage Sang-Min Lee, the first Mennonite […]

Saturday 18 July at GYS

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Day 2 at GYS started with worship led by Asia. Then delegates and participants shared with each other in discussion groups about our gifts and being part of the body. The afternoon was full of interesting workshops and delegates sessions. After dinner there was praise and dancing in the Africa led worship service. The high […]

Global Youth Summit Day 2

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I had another good, full day at the Global Youth Summit. After breakfast with Maria, my Canadian roommate Janelle, and Paraguayan Mennonite boys at the delicious Messiah College cafeteria, we went to the Asian worship service. Many on the Asian worship team wore traditional clothing from their country, and I was delighted to see 2 […]

Global Youth Summit Day 1

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My friend Maria first told me about a Global Youth Summit, a 3-day gathering of Mennonite youth from around the world before Mennonite World Conference. I signed up, excited to meet new people from around the world. Since Korea is a pretty homogenous, I get excited about opportunities to be around groups of diverse people. […]

A Gift of Peace from the Persecuted

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As GYS 2015 discusses gifts and calling, a participant shared his church’s story of giving gifts of peace in response to persecution that affected more than 50,000 Christians in his village. Amit Andrew Roul is a young leader in a rural Brethren in Christ (BIC) church in the Kandhamal district of Orissa, India. Growing up […]

Non Violent Communication as a Missio...

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Non-violent communication (Marshall Rosenberg) is a powerful tool in our society to keep people connected in the midst of conflict. It is a crucial part of our personal preparation to be peacemakers in our society. In The Netherlands many Mennonite congregations are being trained in non-violent communication, and some are giving training to institutions and […]