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#WeAreMenno: A dream becoming reality

Sarah Jackson is the founder and director of Casa de Paz (House of Peace), a house for undocumented immigrants and their families in Aurora, Colorado. Jackson also founded Volleyball Latino, a bilingual league whose proceeds fund her hospitality work. This is part two of four in a series featuring Mennonites working with immigrants. Projects featured in […]

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Finding hope in Israel-Palestine

Jason Boone is coordinating minister for the Peace and Justice Support Network. The April Come and See Learning Tour was my first time in Israel-Palestine. I wasn’t expecting to be surprised by anything particular. I keep abreast of the situation through mainstream media and organizations working there, including Mennonite Central Committee and Christian Peacemaker Teams. […]

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Stewardship is being committed to mutual aid (part four)

Beryl Jantzi is Stewardship Education Director for Everence. Over the last few months, Beryl has been exploring our historic roots and current commitment to mutual aid as Christians using “Meditations on Christian Mutual Aid” by J.Winfield Fretz. This is the last post in this series.  Mutual aid is religiously motivated. At the core of this common concern for others is […]

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Resiliency

Terry Shue is director of leadership development for Mennonite Church USA Every week members of our cabinet fill out a simple form to give Ervin an update of the work we have been doing. Near the end of the form there is a place to put a number to represent our personal satisfaction with the […]

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Engaging the Homeless during KC2015

Glen Guyton is chief operating officer for Mennonite Church USA Oley Valley Mennonite Church summed it up pretty well in a blog they wrote following Phoenix2013, “We mean well, but we can be pretty stupid.” Like many people who stayed at the Sheraton hotel, the group from Oley Valley noticed the food some well-meaning group […]

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#WeAreMenno: Step of faith leads to ministry of accompaniment

By Janie Beck Kreider This is part one of four in a series featuring Mennonites working with immigrants. Projects featured in this series received grants from a special offering received at Mennonite Church USA’s 2013 convention in Phoenix toward the DREAMer Fund. These projects were chosen as grant recipients because they have a strong history […]

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

“Where is God leading us as a people?”

Six-week spiritual discernment preparation guide available online for delegates (Mennonite Church USA)—Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board staff has released a six-week study guide designed to help delegates prepare spiritually for the Delegate Assembly at the denomination’s upcoming biennial convention, to be held June 30–July 5 in Kansas City, Missouri. The preparation guide, which starts May […]

Felipe Hinojosa, assistant professor of history at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, presents at the Youth Ministry Council 2015 gathering at Spruce Lake Retreat Center in Canadensis, Pennsylvania, April 19-22. (Photo by Rachel Springer Gerber)

Youth leaders gather, explore issues of racism

(Mennonite Church USA)—The 2015 Youth Ministry Council (YMC) gathering drew 45 youth pastors, leaders and sponsors — representing 10 Mennonite Church USA area conferences — for a time of work and worship at Spruce Lake Retreat Center in Canadensis, Pennsylvania, April 19-22. The event’s theme was “Connecting our Stories: Imagining our Future.” “Youth Ministry Council […]

Wilmer Villacorta lives in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he serves as an associate pastor at El Centro Church. He is also a faculty member in the Master of Arts in Global Leadership program at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.

Newness of hope in the midst of disappointment

This is the last of four Bible studies by different authors on the key Scripture text for Mennonite Church USA’s next biennial convention, to be held June 30–July 5, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. “On the way/En el camino” is the convention theme, and the Scripture text is Luke 24. By Wilmer Villacorta Words capture […]

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#SomosMeno: Se publica el material para el discipulado Empezar de nuevo

[English] La serie de 16 sesiones está diseñada para fomentar el crecimiento en la fe desde una perspectiva anabautista Por Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Indiana/WINNIPEG, Manitoba—(Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU./Iglesia Menonita de Canadá)—Durante 20 años, Palmer Becker alimentó el sueño de tener un material de discipulado anabautista para grupos pequeños y congregaciones. Hoy ese recurso […]

2015 5 21 Signing lease

#WeAreMenno: A dream becoming reality

Sarah Jackson is the founder and director of Casa de Paz (House of Peace), a house for undocumented immigrants and their families in Aurora, Colorado. Jackson also founded Volleyball Latino, a bilingual league whose proceeds fund her hospitality work. This is part two of four in a series featuring Mennonites working with immigrants. Projects featured in […]

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#WeAreMenno: Step of faith leads to ministry of accompaniment

By Janie Beck Kreider This is part one of four in a series featuring Mennonites working with immigrants. Projects featured in this series received grants from a special offering received at Mennonite Church USA’s 2013 convention in Phoenix toward the DREAMer Fund. These projects were chosen as grant recipients because they have a strong history […]

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#WeAreMenno: The gifts of friendship, belonging and strangeness

Melissa Florer-Bixler is licensed for ministry in Virginia Mennonite Conference, although she currently serves the people of Duke Memorial UMC 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 working to […]

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#WeAreMenno: Mothering and moving on

Alyssa Rodriguez attends First Mennonite Church in Iowa City, Iowa and works as a Family Support Worker for marginalized populations while also learning the ins-and-outs of motherhood with her beloved daughter, Zulema. As I reflect on celebrating my first Mother’s Day as a mom soon, I must make one hard admission. I did not always […]

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#WeAreMenno: Charges dropped against immigrant detention center protesters

By Steve Pavey LUMPKIN, Ga. (Mennonite Church USA)—On the morning of April 9, 2015, five immigrants-rights activists went to court in Lumpkin, Ga., facing up to 12 months in prison and a fine of up to $1,000. At the culmination of the Nov. 22, 2014, Shut Down Stewart vigil, Kevin Caron, Maureen Fitzsimons, Anton Flores-Maisonet, […]

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