Fruit from the Vine

Katie McKinnell is communications manager for Mennonite Women USA. The year 2017 marks 100 years of Mennonite Women USA! The theme for MW USA’s centennial year and celebration is Fruit from the Vine, based on John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear […]

Love is a Verb: Bitter or Sweet

Randy Heacock is interim LEADership minister for Franconia Conference. He is also pastor of Doylestown Mennonite Church. Randy holds an Master of Divinity degree from Moravian Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Messiah College. Though many in our culture are turned off by Christianity, Randy encounters many who are intrigued to learn […]

Justice Should not be Accidental

Glen Guyton is chief operating officer for Mennonite Church USA. As we prepare to gather in Orlando, the leadership of Mennonite Church USA finds itself dealing once again with the question of justice related to the suspended appointment of Doug Basinger, a gay man. The rumblings on social media are calling for members of the […]

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Kratz resigns from Executive Director Search Committee

(Mennonite Church USA) — The newly established search committee for the next executive director of Mennonite Church USA held its first meeting on June 12 over video conference. The committee discussed the importance of establishing a good process for the transition. They resolved to seek input from the broader church, and agreed that calling the church […]

Come and See tour

‘Come and See’ tours enable more than 110 leaders to learn about Israel/Palestine

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Nearly four years ago, Mennonite Church USA members were invited to “Come and See” the situation in Israel/Palestine for themselves. In the time since, a series of learning tours have enabled 112 church leaders to meet Israelis and Palestinians and learn from their realities. The roots of the initiative […]

A call to the church: Race, class and gender; a social worker’s perspective

Melody M. Pannell currently serves as assistant professor of social work and chairperson for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Eastern Mennonite University. She also serves as the chairperson of the Religious Affairs Committee for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham, Virginia, local branch of the NAACP. It is her life mission to embody practical theology through the values and ethics […]

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Executive Board statement following spring consent agenda appointment

On June 19, 2017, the Executive Board (EB) of Mennonite Church USA met by video conference to review an appointment made by consent agenda in its March 30-April 1 board meeting. Board members acknowledged some missteps in the process that resulted in an uninformed decision to appoint Doug Basinger, an individual in a same-sex marriage, to […]

Love is a Verb: Choosing Love

Barbie Fischer finds her energy in helping people be restored to God, to themselves and their communities. She is often found goofing off with the two teens she mentors, facilitating restorative justice workshop with her organization Restorative Encounters or hanging out with her church family at Ambler (Pennsylvania) Mennonite Church. She spends her weekends traveling […]

Out of my mind; Into my heart

Todd Friesen is lead pastor of East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He leads spiritual retreats, offers spiritual direction and teaches centering prayer. Todd is a member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. On my flight from Chicago to Denver, my talkative seatmates clearly thought I was out of my mind: “You’re not […]

Reflections on the Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace Tour

For two months, the Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace tour traveled to over 20 Mennonite venues across the country. Jonathan Kuttab, a well-known Palestinian Mennonite human rights lawyer, activist and speaker shared the stage with a member of local Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) chapters. JVP is inspired by the Jewish tradition to work […]