A “People Garden”: Urban church planting in the 1980s

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA. He offers this snapshot into a church planting movement in Mennonite history as we Learn, Pray, Join for Peace Church Planting. On April 12, 1978, Mennonite Board of Missions (MBM) appointed Edward Taylor as associate secretary of Home Missions. Taylor was a […]

Mennonite Church USA and LMC leaders gather for fellowship, worship, dialogue

(Mennonite Church USA)— Nine leaders from Mennonite Church USA and LMC, a fellowship of Anabaptist churches, gathered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on March 22, for a time to join together in fellowship, worship and dialogue. Leaders in attendance from MC USA were Joy Sutter, moderator-elect; Glen Guyton, executive director; and Michael Danner, associate executive director for […]

Learn, Pray, Join: When limitations become opportunities

Zachary Martinez is the pastor of Sojourn Mennonite Church in Fort Collins and Greeley, Colorado. He lives with his family in Greeley, where he likes to garden, ride his bike and patronize local breweries and coffee shops. His work has appeared in The Mennonite, the Sun Magazine, and other publications. I didn’t initially accept a call to […]

MennoCon19: Get excited!

Joy Cotchen lives in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and attends Stahl Mennonite Church. She serves as minister for children and youth for Allegheny Mennonite Conference, and also works as a laboratory technician at a local hospital. In her spare time she likes to walk, be outdoors and spend time with her four grandchildren. Joy is on the […]

Blessed Hunger … Holy Feast: God pours out lifegiving drink

The following is an excerpt from “Blessed Hunger … Holy Feast,” MC USA’s 2019 Lent At Home Resource written by Elsie Rempel. We invite you to use this resource during Lent with your family and adapt it to meet your needs. Download the entire booklet here. Lent 3: March 24-30 Call to worship Leader: Come and […]

Journey Forward: Baptism, community and identity

This post is part of our Journey Forward series. We’ve invited folks from across Mennonite Church USA to reflect on our Journey Forward and consider how they’ve seen Renewed Commitments at work in their lives, their congregation or community. If you’d like to contribute to this series by highlighting stories that bring our shared values to life, email JenniferC@MennoniteUSA.org.  Rob […]

That they may be one

Glen Guyton is executive director of Mennonite Church USA. I recently spent five days in my former home conference, Virginia Mennonite. I had quite the hectic schedule: two chapels at Eastern Mennonite School, an evening lecture, lunch with credentialed leaders, breakfast with youth leaders, a meeting with EMU president, Susan Huxman, a high school musical, […]

The experience of music at Mennonite World Conference Assemblies

Paul Dueck is a retired music educator and presently employed by Mennonite Church Manitoba at Camp Assiniboia. He is passionate about congregational singing and has led music at numerous Mennonite assemblies. Paul is a member of the Voices Together worship and song committee. In the summer of 1978, I attended my first Mennonite World Conference […]

El Concilio de Líderes Constituyentes analiza cambios en lineamientos de membresía y estatutos

en inglés / English Por el personal de Comunicaciones de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU., con reportajes de Gordon Houser, de The Mennonite HESSTON, Kansas (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — Durante las reuniones llevadas a cabo entre el 28 de febrero y el 2 de marzo en Hesston, Kansas, el Concilio de Líderes Constituyentes (CLC) […]

Hope for the Future to return in 2020

(Mennonite Church USA) — A group of 12 Mennonite Church USA leaders who have been involved with Hope for the Future (HFF) in the past, met in Los Angeles, California, Jan. 26-27, and agreed that the next HFF gathering would take place in  January 2020. The group worked together to redefine the purpose of HFF […]