The largest group of Mennonite congregations in the U.S. recently announced it is officially separating from the Mennonite community over disagreements with sexuality and the church.


The Lancaster Mennonite Conference, which has 179 churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York, voted to leave the Mennonite Church USA in 2015, with the vote taking effect Jan. 1. The LMC churches oppose same-sex marriage and clashed with the broader community because of policies that included hiring policies pertaining to LGBT people.


The Mennonite Church USA considers homosexual activity a sin and defines marriage as between one man and one woman, but some pastors have performed same-sex marriages.


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STUDY SAYS


Majority of refugees admitted to U.S. Christian


According to the Center for Immigration Studies, 60 percent of refugees admitted to the U.S. under President Donald Trump are Christian, while just 13 percent of refugees admitted were Muslim.


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GOOD BOOK?


“Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus: How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding” by Lois Tverberg


What would it be like for modern readers to sit down beside Jesus as he explained the Bible to them? What life-changing insights might emerge from such a transformative encounter? Lois Tverberg knows the treasures that await readers willing to learn how to read the Bible through Jewish eyes. By helping them understand the Bible as Jesus and his first-century listeners would have, she bridges the gaps of time and culture in order to open the Bible to readers today.


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THE WORD


Ummah: Pronounced “OOM-mah.” The worldwide community of Muslims.


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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD


According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Honduras is:


— Roman Catholic: 46 percent


— Protestant: 41 percent


— Atheist: 1 percent


— Other: 2 percent


— None: 9 percent


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