Reflections upon my service with Mennonite World Conference

Iris de León-Hartshorn is associate executive director of Mennonite Church USA For the last nine years I have served as the North American representative on the Executive Committee (EC) of Mennonite World Conference (MWC). It has been both an honor and privilege and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve. Mennonite Church USA made […]

Women Doing Theology 2018 call for papers

(Mennonite Church USA) — The planning committee for the third Women Doing Theology conference organized by Mennonite Church USA’s (MC USA) office of Women in Leadership (WIL) announces a call for papers and workshops. “We’re looking for both hour-long, hands-on workshops and 20-minute paper presentations,” said Jenny Castro, coordinator of WIL. “In past years, this […]

Renewing our commitment to peace

Glen Guyton is executive director of Mennonite Church USA.   It is difficult to find the words as I turn on the news and see reports of our 22nd school shooting this year. This most recent school shooting moved me because it took place one hour outside of my hometown of Houston, Texas. Violence against […]

Our foundational documents and our Journey Forward

Iris de León-Hartshorn is associate executive director of Mennonite Church USA. This post is adapted from a presentation Iris gave at the April meeting of the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC). The Word Became Flesh John 1:1-5; 14, 16-18 (NRSV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was […]

Learn, Pray, Join: At the table with enemies

Kim, SeongHan lives in Chuncheon, South Korea, with his wife HaeYoung and two daughters. They attend Jesus Heart Mennonite Church. They were Goshen residence and attended College Mennonite Church while SeongHan was a doctoral student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. SeongHan is working as a regional director for Korea InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.  I am a child of war […]

Learn, Pray, Join: Hospitality in the midst of hostility

Charissa Zehr is legislative associate for International Affairs at the MCC U.S. Washington Office. This article was adapted from a previous article on Third Way Café. Last year I had the rare opportunity to visit to visit Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK/North Korea) with several other Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) staff. I was eager […]

Bigger than the memory of ourselves

Chris Hoover Seidel is a spiritual director, Reiki practitioner, and director of Bridge of Hope Harrisonburg-Rockingham. She is a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary and attends Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she lives with her family. Her work, “Sophia at the Crossroads: Dismantling Patriarchy in the Church through the Biblical Goddess,” was published […]

Join the webinar to learn more about the Korean Peninsula

(Mennonite Church USA) — People across MC USA are invited to learn more about the history of the Korean Peninsula and the dynamics of tension and conflict there by joining a webinar on Tuesday, May 15, 7:30-9:00 p.m. EST. The webinar will be led by Sue Park-Hur, MC USA’s denominational minister for Leadership Development, and […]

Women Doing Theology: A Space to discover what is possible

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. She earned a Master of Arts in Religion from Duke University and an Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Melissa is on the steering committee for MC USA’s office of Women in Leadership and the planning committee for the 2018 Women Doing Theology conference.  This week I’ve been […]

Learn, Pray, Join: Peace is possible

Karen Spicher shares life together with Peace Building Community in Namyangju, Korea. Karen’s roles include raising three daughters, homeschooling and serving on the admin team for Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI). She is a member of Grace and Peace Mennonite Church, Namyangju, South Korea.  For some background on tensions in the Korean Peninsula, see […]