Our worship belongs to all of us

Shaping the next generation of resources for the central practices of the church   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.   Irma Fast Dueck is an associate professor of Practical […]

Living in the mystery of disorientation

Terry Zehr is the conference minister of New York Mennonite Conference.   Several years ago, I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Walter Brueggemann speak at Eastern Mennonite University’s School for Leadership Training. As I recall, during one of his sessions, Dr. Brueggemann proposed reading scripture through the framework of ‘orientation-disorientation-reorientation.’ Though I can’t recall […]

Oral History Project: Making space for all people

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 […]

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Ways to sing together if you are gathering online for worship

Contributed by MennoMedia One of the most potent ways we cope with hardship is by singing and praying together. Amid the loss of in-person gathering, congregations have shown a tremendous amount of creativity, whether worshiping via video conference platforms such as Zoom, livestreaming a service, or pre-recording the service. While we deeply feel the loss of […]

Do not sing together if you are gathering physically for worship

Contributed by MennoMedia Coping with temporary loss of in-person congregational song (MennoMedia) — With stay-at-home orders being lifted across much of the U.S. and Canada, churches are thinking about what it will look like to open their doors again. Yet because the COVID-19 pandemic is still very much with us, it is up to churches […]

Mennonite Church USA co-sponsors webinars on North Korea

By MC USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) — ReconciliAsian, a peace center in Los Angeles, is hosting a webinar series this spring to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War. The webinars address the impact of the Korean War on the people of North Korea and are co-sponsored by Mennonite Church […]

Dispelling myths related to the Membership Guidelines of Mennonite Church USA

Glen Guyton is the executive director of Mennonite Church USA. Throughout the physical distancing many of us are experiencing because of COVID–19, I have felt heartened by the generosity and mutual aid being practiced across the church. Ever so slightly, I am catching a glimpse of what it means to journey forward as church together, caring for one another during a time of crisis. But, believe it […]

So you’re searching for a pastor…during a pandemic?

Michael Danner is the associate executive director of Church Vitality for Mennonite Church USA.   The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our lives, including life in the church. One area that has been impacted is pastoral searches. I know of some congregations at the beginning of their pastoral search process. Other congregations were […]

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Mennonite Church USA helps prepare churches for reopening

By MC USA staff Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) is supporting church leaders and congregations with spiritual and practical guidance and resources as they contemplate reopening churches amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. “Deciding if, when and how to reopen is a big decision with serious consequences,” said Glen Guyton, executive director of MC USA, in a […]

Bearing the responsibility of reopening

By Glen Guyton, executive director, Mennonite Church USA. With nearly all states in some phase of reopening, pastors and church leaders are discerning if, when and how to return to public worship. Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) encourages local congregations to consult with their MC USA area conference leaders. Our conferences provide a network of resources and support, and our conference leaders are equipped […]