Love is a Verb

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As Christians, we believe that God is love, and that we are called to participate in the love that God has for the world – the same love that was revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

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Future Church Summit
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A generative, open space, denomination-wide conversation to be held on July 6-8 in Orlando, where participants will dream together, reset the priorities for Mennonite Church USA and engage one another on the question: How will we follow Jesus as Anabaptists in the 21st century?

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The Future Church Summit: Encountering God in the unexpected

The Future Church Summit (FCS) will take place July 6-8, at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando. It will be a generative, open space for denomination-wide conversation — to dream together, reset priorities and engage one another in answering the question: How will we follow Jesus as Anabaptists in the 21st century? Leading up […]

A radical text for the times

Jason Boone is coordinating minister of the Peace and Justice Support Network. Heading to the airport for an early morning flight, I grabbed the most radical, subversive, counter-cultural peace book I own to read on the plane. What was it? “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, of course. Hear me out […]

Better together

Allie Shoup is an admissions counselor at Hesston College, where she shares her love for education with young people searching for the perfect place to belong. She is a born and raised Wichitan (of Wichita, Kansas) whose heart for people and adventure has taken her to five continents. Since attending Bethel College as a Bible […]

Love is a Verb: Neighbor love finds its way through walls

Tina Schlabach lives with her husband, Jay, in Tucson, Arizona. She serves as co-pastor of Shalom Mennonite Fellowship, offers spiritual companioning and visits with women from Central America and Mexico held in immigration detention. Tina loves conversation with friends, reading, hiking, time with her three young adult children and her morning coffee.   This morning I visited […]

Trust God — Love each other

Jane Hoober Peifer resides in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with her husband Daryl. Following 24 years in pastoral ministry, Jane received Spiritual Direction training from KAIROS: School for Spiritual Formation (Lancaster, Pennsylvania). She currently companions folks in Lancaster and in Harrisonburg. She also serves as a leader for two cohorts of new pastors in Mennonite Church USA […]

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CLC meeting tests the Future Church Summit model

Note: This article first appeared in The Mennonite. By Hannah Heinzekehr ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) Eschewing their usual agenda, members of the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) spent their last meeting of the biennium testing a large-group visioning process that will be used at the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando this July. Around 70 […]

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‘Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace Tour’ announced

The Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace Tour will bring Jewish and Palestinian peacemakers to Mennonite communities in April and May. Representatives of local Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) chapters, including Rabbi Linda Holtzman of Philadelphia and Rabbi Brand Rosen of Chicago, will speak together with Jonathan Kuttab, a Mennonite and prominent Palestinian human rights […]

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‘Mennonites and the Holocaust’ conference issues call for papers

NORTH NEWTON, Kansas (Bethel College/Mennonite Church USA) — The call for papers has been issued for an international academic conference on Mennonites and the Holocaust, to be hosted by Bethel College a year from now, March 16-17, 2018. Conference co-organizers are Mark Jantzen, Bethel professor of history; John Thiesen, archivist for the Mennonite Library and […]

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Organizational representatives affirm Anabaptists’ interfaith engagement

Note: This is a joint release of Mennonite Mission Network, Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Church USA, Eastern Mennonite Missions and Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Interfaith Engagement. By Emily Jones AKRON, Pennsylvania — “I think religious minorities in this country, no matter who they are, are feeling under threat,” said Trina Trotter Nussbaum, interim director […]

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Esperanza para el futuro: juntos para un momento como este

en inglés / English por Jenny Castro HAMPTON, Virginia (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — A medida que los participantes llegaban el 2 de febrero a la Iglesia Comunitaria de Calvary (C3), algo quedaba claro: Esperanza para el futuro (HFF, por sus siglas en inglés) ha logrado generar espacios particularmente seguros para personas de color que […]

Presentación de propuestas ante el Comité de Discernimiento de Liderazgo

[English] Terry Shue es el director de desarrollo del liderazgo de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. Las juntas supervisoras cumplen un rol importante en las organizaciones saludables. Sus miembros, generalmente voluntarios, ayudan a proyectar la visión y guían a las organizaciones ofreciendo su sabiduría, sus experiencias y consejo conjunto. Dichos miembros deben ser competentes […]

Love is a Verb: Neighbor love finds its way through walls

Tina Schlabach lives with her husband, Jay, in Tucson, Arizona. She serves as co-pastor of Shalom Mennonite Fellowship, offers spiritual companioning and visits with women from Central America and Mexico held in immigration detention. Tina loves conversation with friends, reading, hiking, time with her three young adult children and her morning coffee.   This morning I visited […]

Love is a Verb: Loving our enemies

Rod Stafford is the lead pastor of Portland (Oregon) Mennonite Church. He has also served congregations in Lawrence, Kansas and Pasadena, California. When he is not at the church he likes to ride his bikes, watch baseball and do the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle with his wife, Molly. Three Sundays ago these words […]

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Love is a Verb: Loving the ‘least of these’ from the border to Goshen

By Walt Wiltschek GOSHEN, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Last summer Julia Schmidt took a trip that changed the way she sees the world. Traveling on a learning tour with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and later walking the “Migrant Trail,” Schmidt spent two weeks in the United States-Mexico border region, seeking to understand some of […]

March 2017: Love is a spiritual gift

The following is an excerpt from Love is a Verb: A one-year spiritual practice resource, written by Leo Hartshorn. The resource explores the 2017 convention theme Love is a Verb through the lens of Richard Foster’s six spiritual streams. Download the entire booklet from the Mennonite Church USA resource center. The charismatic stream If you […]

Love is a Verb: Loving through brokenness

Colleen Whigham-Brockington is in her 15th year serving as the administrator of Precious Life Ministries and is an advocate for children with special needs. She has over 25 years of experience working in children’s ministry and is a member of Norristown New Life Nueva Vida Mennonite Church. Colleen lives in Norristown, Pennsylvania and is the […]

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