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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July 2016: Love is a Verb (week one)

The following is an excerpt from Love is a Verb: A one-year spiritual practice resource, written by Leo Harsthorn. 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. We know love by this, […]

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Dare to be vulnerable

Jenny Castro is communications associate and coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA. This piece originally appeared in the May issue of The Mennonite for its Leadership column. “Why are you so worked up?” “Let’s not get so excited here.” “Don’t get all emotional, now.” “Her emotions are so unprofessional.” These […]

2016 6 27 Kelly BO

Love is a Verb: What love does

Kelly Bates Oglesby resides with her husband in Indianapolis. Presently she’s discerning ministry/pastoral opportunities while providing supply preaching and teaching service as called. She’s looking forward to the Women in Leadership Project’s Women Doing Theology conference in November. Verbs are action indicators in our life story. Through verbs we understand what was, is and will […]

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Stewardship and control

Glen Guyton is chief operating officer and director of Convention Planning for Mennonite Church USA. We often equate the word “stewardship” with money – how we use what we have. In a sense that is true, but in many situations, what we have is often used to control and influence people. And so stewardship is […]

2016 6 22 June Mears Driedger

Silent retreats

June Mears Driedger is a spiritual director and retreat leader in Lansing, Michigan. She is also editor of Leader magazine, published by MennoMedia. June is a member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. The road sign into The Hermitage property in Three Rivers, Michigan, says, “Begin to drive slowly.” It is a safety request, but […]

J. Nelson Kraybill (at right), president of Mennonite World Conference, gives a towel and basin to Bishop Bill Gafkjen of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on June 11 at the synod’s annual assembly. (Photo by Leslie French, Indiana-Kentucky Synod Communicator)

Lutherans and Mennonites celebrate a covenant of peace

Reconciliation recounted at regional ELCA gathering SOUTH BEND, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Events in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2010 brought Lutherans and Mennonites to tears and embraces in northern Indiana this month. During the June 9–11 annual assembly of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in South Bend, Indiana, more […]

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Mennonite Church USA leaders respond to Orlando tragedy

[Español] As Mennonite Church USA, we grieve the horrific act of violence toward LGBTQ persons perpetrated in Orlando early last Sunday morning, cutting short the lives of 49 people and wounding 53 more. We are appalled that the shooter specifically targeted LGBTQ Latinos, acting out of hatred for people created in the image of God. […]

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Process planned for pursuing outside investigation into Hartman situation

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA / Mennonite Education Agency) — Mennonite Church USA leaders have outlined a process for proceeding with a voluntary independent outside investigation into responses by Eastern Mennonite University (EMU); Virginia Mennonite Conference (VMC); and Lindale Mennonite Church (LMC), Linville, Virginia, to abuse allegations against Luke Hartman, former vice president of enrollment at EMU […]

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Curriculum equips congregations for compassionate response to veterans

By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — A six-week Sunday school curriculum — Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: Seeking Peace Together — can help small groups and congregations who want to explore how the church can play a part in the healing journeys of returning veterans. The materials draw on biblical […]

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July 2016: Love is a Verb (week one)

The following is an excerpt from Love is a Verb: A one-year spiritual practice resource, written by Leo Harsthorn. 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. We know love by this, […]

2016 6 27 Kelly BO

Love is a Verb: What love does

Kelly Bates Oglesby resides with her husband in Indianapolis. Presently she’s discerning ministry/pastoral opportunities while providing supply preaching and teaching service as called. She’s looking forward to the Women in Leadership Project’s Women Doing Theology conference in November. Verbs are action indicators in our life story. Through verbs we understand what was, is and will […]

2016 6 22 Karla SD

Love is a Verb: Beloved let us love …

Karla Stoltzfus Detweiler is mother to Mahala and Isaiah, wife to Nathan and Minister of Church Community Life at First Mennonite Church of Iowa City. She received a Master of Divinity from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in 2007. Besides tending her family and the church, she loves going for walks in the woods, gardening and […]

2016 6 13 Marlene B

Love is a Verb: Got a mantra?

Marlene Bogard serves as executive director of Mennonite Women USA and lives in Salem, Oregon, where daily she takes her cute little doggie on walks over the bridge, beyond the rippling creek and past the tall trees. She is married to Mike, has two adult sons and one adorable grandson. She is a fan of […]

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Love is a Verb: The singing of a love song

Raquel Esteves-Joyce works at Haverford College as a faculty affiliate of the Writing Center and a learning specialist at the Office of Academic Resources. She also serves as a board member of Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association. She has a master’s degree in Multicultural Education from Eastern University and her doctorate in Education from […]

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