Melissa-Florer-Bixler

A song of justice and revolutionary love

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. She earned an M.A. in Religion from Duke University and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Melissa is committed to the local church building power for local, systemic change as members of diverse coalitions. She is a board member of Friends of L’Arche North Carolina, a community for […]

Mennonite Church USA ‘Hope’ gathering stresses peace with justice

en español By MC USA and Mennonite Mission Network staff DALLAS (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — At this year’s Hope for the Future (HFF) gathering, attendees celebrated the legacy of Stanley W. Green, one of the event’s original organizers, and discussed ways to press forward for peace and justice throughout the church. The Jan. […]

Giving hope, peace and reconciliation at Los Angeles Faith Chapel

This post is part of our #BringThePeace series. #BringThePeace is a call to action for individuals and congregations to extend peace in their communities. It is also our prayer inviting God to bring the peace that expands our capacity for empathy, compassion and love that actively seeks to dismantle oppression and violence. Learn more at mennoniteusa.org/bringthepeace.   Anthonia Onye is […]

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Mennonite Church USA Executive Board meets, revises policy on resolutions

en español By MC USA staff KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Mennonite Church USA) — The Executive Board (EB) of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) held its first meeting of the decade on Jan. 17-18, 2020, in Kansas City. Key agenda items included revisions to the church’s resolution policy, updates to the EB’s media policy, discernment about […]

Mennonite Church USA releases “Report of the Advisory Group on MC USA Membership Guidelines”

en español By MC USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) — The Executive Board (EB) of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) today released the written report[1] from the Membership Guidelines Advisory Group. According to the group’s charter, the 21-person[2] volunteer group met for a one-time working session in November to “generate option(s) for how to best discern […]

Why and how should we sing interculturally?

This article is part of our series on Voices Together, a new worship and song collection coming fall 2020 from MennoMedia, in partnership with Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. By Katie Graber The Voices Together collection will include songs and worship resources in over 40 languages. This diversity represents over two dozen languages used […]

Creating mandalas as spiritual practice

Jane Thorley Roeschley recently retired from 19+ years in pastoral ministry at Mennonite Church of Normal where she gave leadership to worship and lay ministries. She is now re-focusing her ministry to what she informally calls Threshold Ministries — spiritual direction, retreats and pilgrimage. Jane resides with her husband on their farm in central Illinois […]

Mennonite Church USA announces “Learn, Pray, Join” initiative on climate justice

Register now for webinar, “Caring for climate: Beyond denial and despair” By Mennonite Church USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) is encouraging people and congregations to focus on climate justice by highlighting prayers, resources and ways to get involved in February and March. This is part of MC USA’s “Learn, […]

Oral History: Being church together

This post is part of a series from the MC USA Archives Oral History Project that seeks to document and preserve the voices of young people, ages 24-40, who are part of MC USA. The excerpts below are from an informal, longer spoken interview and edited for clarity. Interviewees did not receive the questions beforehand and responses were […]

What is the answer to those concerned about war?

Glen Guyton is the executive director of Mennonite Church USA.   My 18-year-old son texted me and asked if I had been watching the latest Twitter trend. I told him no, that I would check it out, and then I saw #WWIII was trending. Wow! After a bit of scrolling, I saw that the Twitterverse was […]