Mennonite Church USA follow-up to Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants

  By Kayla Berkey KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — “As a denomination we seek connections with immigrant communities in our contexts and support those in sanctuary and the thousands of families whose loved ones have been deported,” reads one of seven commitments in the Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants, passed […]

Mennonite Church USA condemns abuse of child migrants, affirms new leadership, reflects on transformation of the Holy Spirit

  KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — Early Saturday morning on July 6, the 495 delegates from Mennonite churches around the country gathered at the Kansas City Convention Center to discuss and vote on the Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants, which had been introduced to the Delegate Assembly a day earlier. […]

Youth affirmed as delegates in historic moment for Mennonite Church USA

  KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — The 26 youth who began the Delegate Assembly as Step Up participants will end it as official delegates. A vote passed in the July 5 delegate session to change the bylaws to add youth, ages 16-21, as additional official delegates representing each MC USA congregation, conference and […]

MC USA delegates introduce resolution on abuse of child migrants, review membership guidelines process, walking with the Spirit

  KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — Delegates gave a standing ovation to the introduction of the Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants resolution, which states that as disciples of Jesus, MC USA condemns the treatment of immigrants of families and children at the border. Delegates were invited to discuss the draft […]

Encountering the wisdom of children

Asia Frye is the pastor at Mennonite Church of the Servant in Wichita, Kansas. She is a 2017 graduate of AMBS and an active camp and retreat speaker. Asia lives in McPherson, Kansas, with her husband and two daughters, all of whom are hilarious. You should ask her about her compost. I started my Friday […]

Benediction for #MennoCon19

A benediction by Dr. Sibonokuhle Ncube delivered at #MennoCon19 worship. Peace be with you, Sons and Daughters of God, for whom creation groans, we are made manifest! May we, again and again, experience that power that resurrected Jesus from the dead! I declare grace and peace multiplied to you all from ravaged lands or bounty-filled […]

Delegates reflect on peacemaking and the wind of the Spirit

  KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — In the July 4 delegate equipping session, facilitator Tom Yoder Neufeld focused on the unity of the Spirit, describing the Spirit as a force where God is the energy that brings life to everything, using the definitions of spirit as wind or breath. “One thing you can’t […]

From the pink edges of MennoCon19

Luke L Miller grew up on a farm near Bellefontaine, Ohio and attended Goshen College before pursuing medical studies in Chicago. He is a cancer physician practicing Radiation Oncology in the Chicago area, where he lives with his husband Christian. Luke and Christian alternate summers at their cabin on Lake Michigan with winters in the […]

MC USA Delegate Assembly looks at the state of the church; messiness of unity

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — “The church is a mess. Thanks be to God.” With this as a title and refrain, Tom Yoder Neufeld, professor emeritus of Religious Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, set the tone for a Scriptural study on unity on the first day of the Delegate Assembly at MennoCon19. […]

Squads: Practicing community at MennoCon19

Rachelle Luitjens serves as pastor at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church in Wayland, Iowa. She is at MennoCon19 with her youth group and family. Rachelle loves hanging out with the youth, but in her free time she also enjoys reading, coffee, listening to podcasts and watching hockey. “Green Machine, Green Machine, Green Machine!” The chant was […]