Prayer at sunrise

Mary Kratz is a retired nurse practitioner. Since retirement she is engaged in offering spiritual direction and also volunteers in the Chaplain’s Department at a local hospital. She attends Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Mary’s reflection was submitted by the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. This past summer, my husband and I were preparing to […]

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Setting the Table for Civility

Ervin Stutzman is executive director of Mennonite Church USA. Over the next days and weeks, many of us will celebrate the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Perhaps we’ll sit at the table with friends or loved ones, or gather for meals with work associates or fellow church members. While we might wish the holidays would be […]

Consider the lilies

Leonard M. Dow began his role as stewardship and development specialist with Everence in April 2017. He helps Christian individuals and communities in urban areas to strengthen, sustain and build their financial capacity. Previously he served as pastor of Oxford Circle Mennonite Church in Philadelphia for almost 20 years. During his tenure, the congregation founded […]

Reflections on matrescence

Kelly Shenk Koontz lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband Peter, where she is an associate with Isaacson, Miller, an executive search firm that works with nonprofit organizations. She currently attends the Mennonite Congregation of Boston. When I sit back and think about the past year, it could be easy to feel overwhelmed. Wars are raging, […]

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Survey results show priorities for next MC USA executive director

(Mennonite Church USA) – The Executive Director Search Committee reports that nearly 800 people across Mennonite Church USA participated in the online survey it released in late September. Participants were asked to prioritize essential qualities and priorities for the next executive director of MC USA and to nominate potential candidates. The survey is now closed. […]

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Mennonite Church USA Executive Director signs letter to oppose “Israel Anti-Boycott Act”

(Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA Executive Director Ervin Stutzman joins leaders representing seventeen churches and church-based organizations in signing a letter urging Congress to oppose the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act.” The letter was sent to all members of Congress on November 6, 2017. “This legislation would put legal obstacles in the way of nonviolent […]

Just put it on the web!

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA. Since reopening in May, I’ve had many chances to greet visitors and give them a tour of the new MC USA Archives in Elkhart. After showing them the reading room and storage vault, conversation usually shifts to the documents themselves. I’ve gotten […]

Insights from the Flourishing Ministry study

Terry Shue is director of Leadership Development for Mennonite Church USA. “Being a pastor is a tough, demanding job, one that is not always very well understood or appreciated. Pastoral work is more complex than that which transpires in the hour-or-so a week that many lay people see the pastor in action as she or […]

Catching glimpses through the fog

Jenny Castro is a communications associate and coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA. It was recently my birthday. Every year for the last 20 years, I’ve awaited the feeling of having arrived. I’ve anticipated the wisdom that comes with age, the confidence and the satisfaction of knowing. Every year I […]