Looking to the bridge builders

Sue Park-Hur is denominational minister of Leadership Development for MC USA. Recently, world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed at the U.S.-Mexico border city of Laredo, Texas. The Paris-born Chinese-American artist chose to play at a public park located next to the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge, one of the crossings that connect the U.S. and Mexican cities. With […]

Seeking Silence

Ruben Chupp retired from full-time pastoral ministry after 28 years and now serves as an on-call chaplain at Goshen (Indiana) Health. He offers spiritual direction and works at two local funeral homes, as needed. He attends Sunnyside Mennonite Church in Dunlap, Indiana. I like silence. More as I get older. It helps me think, clearing […]

MennoCon19 starts early with new training opportunities

(Mennonite Church USA) — MC USA is offering a new opportunity this year to arrive at convention in Kansas City, Missouri, slightly early and choose from several valuable pre-convention training opportunities for individuals and leaders throughout the church. “We added these day-long trainings because this kind of learning takes time,” said Shana Peachey Boshart, denominational […]

Pathways Week Three: Restoration and Commitment

Journey Forward is Mennonite Church USA’s churchwide renewal process of engaging in Scripture, storytelling and sharing how God is at work in the lives of people and congregations across MC USA. Its purpose is for us to renew our local and denominationwide identity and affirm our core beliefs as we live out the mission to which […]

Creating a Church Peace Tax Fund: Enabling conscientious objection to war taxes

Harold A. Penner, member of the Akron (Pennsylvania) Mennonite Church, is a religious conscientious objector and a life-long war tax resister. He is the convener of $10.40 for Peace, an affiliate of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee and former board treasurer of the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund. John Stoner lives […]

Living Faithfully in Holy Saturday

Shannon W. Dycus is co-pastor at First Mennonite Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she leads missional and faith formation ministries for the congregation. She is active with Faith in Indiana, a local PICO network of faith communities seeking justice and holds multiple leadership positions with Mennonite Church USA. Shannon has published articles for The Mennonite, […]

Pathways Week Two: Sin, Truth-Telling and Repentance

Journey Forward is Mennonite Church USA’s churchwide renewal process of engaging in Scripture, storytelling and sharing how God is at work in the lives of people and congregations across MC USA. Its purpose is for us to renew our local and denominationwide identity and affirm our core beliefs as we live out the mission to which […]

Blessed Hunger … Holy Feast: God’s steadfast love endures forever

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 6: April 14-20 Call to worship Leader: Come and […]

The riot of Palm Sunday

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. This post is adapted from a sermon she gave there on Palm Sunday. Matthew’s Gospel is a cymbal crashing over and over again. If you’re looking for subtly or mildness, you’ll have to look somewhere else. Matthew is a fog horn with a thousand trumpets blasting in […]

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Mennonite Church USA Executive Board staff transitions

(Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA announces the following Executive Board (EB) staff transitions: Janie Beck Kreider announced her plans to complete her service as director of Communications for MC USA in August 2019. She will be studying in a nursing program in the fall. “Three years ago, Janie jumped into a challenging role […]