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Ted & Co. invite audience to Listen for Grace

Ted and Co. received a standing ovation from over 450 attendees following their performance encouraging conversation on homosexuality issues on Saturday, July 4. Over 50 youth rushed the front of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral for prime viewing seats on the floor when the space filled close to capacity. The 70 minute production, Listening for Grace […]

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Men’s chorus packs house of worship

By Kenny  Beeker No seat was left unfilled at the Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral Friday night, with the standing-room only crowd anticipating the singing of 125 members of the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus. “I’m thrilled with the turnout. It was an energized concert. I’m excited for the men,” group director Greg Bontrager said. The […]

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ReStoring community through service

By Venessa Owsley Eleven members of the Arthur (Illinois) Mennonite Church from volunteered a few hours of their time Thursday afternoon to work at the Kansas City Habitat for Humanity ReStore facility as a servant project. Volunteers spent their time moving donated housing trim for transportation and sale in a ReStore facility. Ashley Litwiller, a […]

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Experiences at convention: Jonah Yang

My name is Jonah Yang. My ethnicity is Hmong. Before arriving in the U.S., I lived in Laos, which is located in Southeast Asia. I was born into a Christian family, who had adopted the Christian Missionary Alliance (CMA) doctrine. For the past six years, I have changed my Christian belief to follow the Mennonite Anabaptist perspective. […]

Loretta Miller listens as group members express views concerning ISIS. Photo Credit: Meg Short

Conversation rooms promote dialogue on contentious issues

By Brianna R. Lugibihl Twenty-three convention participants gathered on Wednesday afternoon to share views regarding the proper Christian response to the rise of terrorist organizations. This session opened the first of seven “conversation rooms” with today’s event titled, “The Challenges of ISIS to Christian Peacemakers.” Participants discussed topics including types and degrees of military intervention, […]

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Delegates unanimously pass final two resolutions

By Meg Short KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Mennonite Church USA) — Delegates unanimously approved two new resolutions during the final delegate session on July 4. The resolutions were brought forward on site and scheduled to be heard the last day during the time allotted for unfinished business. A Statement of Support for Israeli and Palestinian Partners in Peacemaking, […]

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Delegates unanimously approve two new resolutions, listen to diverse viewpoints

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Mennonite Church USA) — Delegates approved two new resolutions proposed on site during their final delegate session on Saturday afternoon, July 4: A statement of support for Israeli and Palestinian partners in peacemaking, proposed by the Mennonite Palestine-Israel Network (MennoPIN), and a Resolution of Expressions of Lament and Hope from the African-American Mennonite Association […]

Deb Roth leads worship, Friday, July 3, 2015, Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by: Brianna R. Lugibihl.

Worship service encourages uncertainty, healing

By Brianna R. Lugibihl KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Mennonite Church USA) — A speaker’s sermon challenged the idea of cultural certitude and focused on congregational unity during Friday morning’s adult worship service. Dale Schrag, recently retired director of church relations and campus pastor at Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, referenced the “spiritually barren verses” of Luke 24:13-24’s […]

Hannah Chappell-Dick, delegate for First Mennonite of Bluffton, speaks during open mic time, Friday, July 3, 2015, Kansas City, Missouri.  Photo by Abby Graber

Churchwide sexual abuse statement receives wide delegate approval

By Meg Short KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Mennonite Church USA) — In a nearly unanimous result, delegates voted overwhelmingly to approve the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse during Friday morning’s delegate session. Three delegates voted in opposition and four abstained from voting. After the assembly joined in song at the beginning of Friday’s session, Moderator Elizabeth […]

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Delegates unanimously approve Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Mennonite Church USA) – Delegates approved the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse with nearly unanimous support during their morning session on Friday, July 3. To open the session, Moderator Elizabeth Soto Albrecht reminded delegates that this was an important issue and a harmful one. She observed that there were survivors of sexual […]

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#WeAreMenno: Re-making the good life in New Mexico

Todd Wynward is an author, small-scale farmer, wilderness educator and Mennonite minister for watershed discipleship affiliated with Albuquerque Mennonite Church. He has been engaged in education reform and social change movements for twenty years, and has spent more than a thousand nights outdoors. He and his wife Peg founded a wilderness-based public charter school in […]

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#WeAreMenno: The movement of God through simultaneous interpretation

Alma Ovalle Perez is a wife, and a mother of three wonderful teenagers. She is the daughter of Gilberto and Elizabeth Perez.  Alma is a high school Spanish teacher, simultaneous interpreter and writer.  She sits on the board of Mennonite Women USA representing Iglesia Menonita Hispana and is on the executive committee for Southeast Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Women USA. Alma […]

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#WeAreMenno: Stories Alive!

In September 2010, Washington Community Fellowship (WCF) embarked on a 40-week worship series entitled, Stories Alive!  Narratives Around the Table, based on the six streams of faith Richard Foster describes in his book Streams of Living Water. In February 2015, for his column in The Mennonite, Ervin Stutzman described these six streams: Contemplative—spending time with […]

Mariah Martin

#WeAreMenno: I wrestle with empathy

Mariah Martin is currently a junior at Eastern Mennonite University where she studies nursing and plays field hockey. Though her home base is Greencastle, Pennsylvania, she spent the last semester traveling through Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Turkey, Greece and Italy through Eastern Mennonite University’s cross cultural program. She enjoys long talks, writing, rock climbing and anything outdoors. In […]

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#WeAreMenno: The table is large

Meghan Florian is a writer and editor from Durham, North Carolina. She blogs about theology and feminism at www.femmonite.com, and is currently at work on her first book. Meghan is a member of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship. After I had been attending a Mennonite church for about six months, someone asked me if I ever felt like […]

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