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 […]

Spiritual resilience in hard times

Sarah Augustine is the executive director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties. She is also adjunct professor of sociology at Heritage University. Sarah is the co-founder of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund (SIHF), where she has advocated for Indigenous Peoples whose health and communities are threatened by resource extraction since 2004. She […]

Love is a Verb: Love is letting others lead

Dayna Olson-Getty serves as associate pastor at Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she lives with her husband and one living son. She was first called into the Anabaptist stream through Pasadena Mennonite Church and through her studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, where she earned an M.Div. She blogs at daynasmusings.blogspot.com/ and is writing […]

How will I respond to fear?

Nancy Kauffmann is denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. In expressing concerns to me about the future of Mennonite Church USA, someone recently said, “I fear the direction the Mennonite Church is headed in. I fear we are losing all that we hold dear. Is the church going to survive all this?” For the rest […]

Message to the Swarm: Five reasons to find us in Orlando

A joint message from the Mennonite colleges and universities Swarming excited youth clamoring to get into the exhibit hall on the first night of convention…it is one of our favorite times of the week. That moment captures much about convention: the energy and enthusiasm of our denomination’s young people, the eagerness to make connections, the […]