Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: Warriors and peacemakers

This is the second post in a series featuring people, congregations and organizations working with veterans who’ve experienced the trauma of war. The Peace and Justice Support Network, a joint project of Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church USA, offers a six week Sunday School curriculum, Returning Veterans, Returning Hope, focused on returning veterans and […]

Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: God is love and you are beloved

  This is the first post in a series featuring people, congregations and organizations working with veterans who have experienced the trauma of war. The Peace and Justice Support Network, a joint project of Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church USA, offers a six-week Sunday School curriculum, Returning Veterans, Returning Hope, focused on returning veterans […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

[Español] (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 […]

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 […]

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 […]