Love is a Verb

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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Imagination and the spirituality of fundraising

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education for Everence. Henri Nouwen has written a classic booklet entitled, The Spirituality of Fund-Raising. In this inspiring text, Nouwen does a great job talking about the necessity and virtues of inviting people to give to the mission and ministry of the church and other faith based organizations. As […]

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Love is a Verb: Beauty for ashes

Melody M. Pannell currently serves as assistant professor of social work at Eastern Mennonite University. It is her life mission to embody practical theology through the values and ethics of social work and encourage those that she serves to engage in a transformative journey of emancipatory hope in action and empowerment through holistic, therapeutic and […]

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Knowing and unknowing

Jane Hoober Peifer recently moved to Harrisonburg, Virginia after retiring from pastoral ministry at Blossom Hill Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in September of 2013. She continues ministry as a spiritual director, retreat leader, worship leader for Mennonite Church USA’s Constituency Leaders Council, and mentor/coach for new pastors in Mennonite Church USA’s Transitioning into Ministry […]

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The Body of Christ?

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Holistic Witness for Mennonite Church USA. “Every time the Christian church divided or separated, each group lost one half of the Gospel message.” So writes Richard Rohr, the Franciscan priest who has been an important spiritual teacher and guide for many, including Mennonites. Rohr highlights the break between Eastern […]

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Love is a Verb: Rooted in presence

Michael Danner is the conference executive minister for Illinois Mennonite Conference and a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Northern Seminary. He is married to Melissa and they live in Morton, Illinois, where they attend First Mennonite Church of Morton. In my position as conference executive minister in Illinois Mennonite Conference (IMC), I work […]

Jason Kauffman, archivist for Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board staff. (Photo provided)

New Archives director, relocation announced

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA)—Jason B. Kauffman of Durham, North Carolina, has been named full-time director of archives and records management for the denomination’s Executive Board (EB) staff, effective July 1, 2016. He will be responsible for planning and overseeing the relocation of the denomination’s archive collections from Goshen (Indiana) College to the Elkhart office […]

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Sent 2016 video profiles, blogs available online

(Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — Four video profiles of church planters and a series of blogs offer glimpses into creative initiatives highlighted at Sent 2016: A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus-centered communities, held March 31–April 2, 2016, in the New Orleans area. More than 100 Mennonite church planters, coaches, conference leaders and others met […]

Leo Hartshorn, author and illustrator of a six-week spiritual discernment study guide to help delegates prepare for the KC2015 Delegate Assembly. (Photo provided)

Love is a Verb: One-year spiritual practices resource explores convention theme

(Mennonite Church USA) — On May 16, Mennonite Church USA Executive Board staff released a year-long spiritual practices resource that explores the 2017 convention theme Love is a Verb through the lens of Richard Foster’s six spiritual streams. The resource is intended for use by delegates, youth groups, presenters, planners and other convention attendees from […]

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Panel recommends investigation

From the Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention In the interest of being transparent and diligent in our work as the Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention, we share the following update: Our panel formed in January 2016. We plan to meet May 14–15 in Harrisonburg, Virginia, for our first in-person meeting. We chose this location due […]

(l. to r., standing) Miriam Sainnawap, Brander Raven and Adrian Jacobs shared at a presentation for Canadian Mennonite leaders and Mennonite Central Committee Canada representatives to raise awareness of the impact of the Doctrine of Discovery. The meetings were held April 5–6 at the Thunderbird House in Winnipeg. (Photo provided by Erica Littlewolf/MCC)

Mennonite Church USA contributing to the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition

By Jenny Castro (Mennonite Church USA)—A coalition of people from across Mennonite Church USA is working systematically to dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery (DoD), a 15th-century philosophical framework that gives “Christian governments” moral and legal authority to dominate Indigenous peoples and to invade and take over Indigenous lands. According to Iris de León-Hartshorn, director of […]

Olak Sunuwar, de Chicago, Illinois (segundo de la izquierda) y Matthew Pritchard, de Pittsburgh, Pensilvania (segundo de la derecha), responden a lo que compartió la presidente de AMBS, Sara Wenger Shenk, en un panel de debate guiado por David Boshart, ministro de la Conferencia de Central Plains. (Foto de Ken Gingerich, de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.)

¡Es hora de plantar iglesias de paz!

La primera cumbre nacional, Enviados 2016, reúne a un grupo diverso de practicantes para darse mutua inspiración y aliento. [English] Por Danielle Klotz NUEVA ORLEANS, Luisiana (Red Menonita de Misión/Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — La inspiración a la valentía y la obediencia fiel al llamado de Dios fluyó continuamente durante la primera cumbre nacional […]

Rodger Schmell, representante de la Conferencia de Eastern District, se prepara para una “caída de confianza” a los brazos de otros líderes compañeros del Concilio de Líderes Constituyentes (CLC), que representaban las múltiples perspectivas teológicas presentes en la denominación durante la reunión del CLC en marzo del 2016. Lupe Aguilar, representante de la Conferencia Menonita de South Central, sostiene la escalera. (Foto de Janie Beck Kreider)

CLC se reúne y mira hacia el futuro

Los participantes conversan sobre las relaciones de pacto, las evaluaciones de pares y la revitalización de la iglesia [English] Por Janie Beck Kreider GOSHEN, Indiana (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — Cerca de 70 líderes denominacionales se reunieron entre el 7 y el 9 de marzo en la Iglesia Menonita de Silverwood, en Goshen, Indiana, […]

Miembros de la junta ejecutiva de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. en su reunión de febrero del 2016 cerca de Chicago: (de izq. a der.) Nisha Springer, Zenobia Sowell-Bianchi, Larry Hauder. (Foto de Janie Beck Kreider)

La junta ejecutiva tiene su segunda reunión del bienio

[English] Por Janie Beck Kreider (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — Miembros de la junta ejecutiva (JE) de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU., personal del gabinete y líderes de agencias se encontraron del 11 al 13 de febrero en el Hyatt Regency Hotel, cerca de Chicago, Illinois, para realizar la segunda reunión del bienio […]

2016 5 24 Melody p

Love is a Verb: Beauty for ashes

Melody M. Pannell currently serves as assistant professor of social work at Eastern Mennonite University. It is her life mission to embody practical theology through the values and ethics of social work and encourage those that she serves to engage in a transformative journey of emancipatory hope in action and empowerment through holistic, therapeutic and […]

Leo Hartshorn, author and illustrator of a six-week spiritual discernment study guide to help delegates prepare for the KC2015 Delegate Assembly. (Photo provided)

Love is a Verb: One-year spiritual practices resource explores convention theme

(Mennonite Church USA) — On May 16, Mennonite Church USA Executive Board staff released a year-long spiritual practices resource that explores the 2017 convention theme Love is a Verb through the lens of Richard Foster’s six spiritual streams. The resource is intended for use by delegates, youth groups, presenters, planners and other convention attendees from […]

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Love is a Verb: Rooted in presence

Michael Danner is the conference executive minister for Illinois Mennonite Conference and a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Northern Seminary. He is married to Melissa and they live in Morton, Illinois, where they attend First Mennonite Church of Morton. In my position as conference executive minister in Illinois Mennonite Conference (IMC), I work […]

2016 5 9 Melissa Florer-Bixler

Love is a Verb: What love feels like

Melissa Florer-Bixler is licensed for ministry in Virginia Mennonite Conference, although she currently serves the people of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church in Durham, North Carolina, as Minister of Nurture. She parents three small children with her husband, Jacob. They worship as a family at Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship. Melissa is active in a group […]

2015 6 5 Sarah Bixler

Love is a Verb: First things first

Sarah Ann Bixler deeply loves Mennonite Church USA and its commitment to God’s healing and hope. She has served throughout Mennonite Church USA in education, youth ministry, curriculum writing and conference leadership. Sarah lives with her husband, Benjamin, and their three children in New Jersey and they attend Oxford Circle Mennonite Church. Sarah is graduating […]

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