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 […]

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An interview with Priscilla Wero

This week we’ll be sharing excerpts of interviews with two Native American Mennonite women: Louise Fisher and Priscilla Wero. They are drawn from longer oral history interviews conducted in 2002 as part of the Mennonite Women of Color Oral History Project. The project was designed and implemented by Patricia Lehman, professor of communication at Goshen […]

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An interview with Louise Fisher

This week we’ll be sharing excerpts of interviews with two Native American Mennonite women: Louise Fisher and Priscilla Wero. They are drawn from longer oral history interviews conducted in 2002 as part of the Mennonite Women of Color Oral History Project. The project was designed and implemented by Patricia Lehman, professor of communication at Goshen […]

Just put it on the web!

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA. Since reopening in May, I’ve had many chances to greet visitors and give them a tour of the new MC USA Archives in Elkhart. After showing them the reading room and storage vault, conversation usually shifts to the documents themselves. I’ve gotten […]

Biology for service: Archival traces of Mennonite environmentalist thought

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA In 1995, the Mennonite Environmental Task Force (METF) organized a “Creation Summit” in Camp Lake, Wisconsin, that brought together farmers, educators, mission workers, and students from across North America. While the goal of the conference was to develop an “Anabaptist theology of […]

New hymnals and the politics of Mennonite music

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA. “P.S. Change is not always a sign of growth but could also be a sign of shriveling, death, and decay.” This is how one chorister from Ohio ended his six-page letter to Mary Oyer in 1963. It crossed her desk at Goshen […]

New Archives director, relocation announced

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA)—Jason B. Kauffman of Durham, North Carolina, has been named full-time director of archives and records management for the denomination’s Executive Board (EB) staff, effective July 1, 2016. He will be responsible for planning and overseeing the relocation of the denomination’s archive collections from Goshen (Indiana) College to the Elkhart office […]

Remembering the Mennonite-Armenian relationship

Colleen McFarland is director of archives and records management for Mennonite Church USA. April 2015 marks the centennial of the Armenian Genocide (1915-1923). Armenians, a Middle Eastern people who embraced Christianity in the early fourth century, suffered persecution and pogroms under Ottoman rule in the late nineteenth century. After the outbreak of World War I, […]

Awkward Mennonite photos

Compiled by Colleen McFarland, director of the Mennonite Church USA Archives.  As someone who not only loves all things historical, but also appreciates a good laugh, I am a big fan of the Awkward Family Photos blog. If you are not familiar with this blog, it features thousands of unfortunate family portraits and snapshots commemorating […]

Why a John Howard Yoder digital library?

By Colleen McFarland The recent announcement of the completion of the John Howard Yoder Digital Library, a collaborative project undertaken by the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Library, the Mennonite Church USA Archives, and the Mennonite Historical Library, provoked strong reactions. Public comment on news releases and private messages to members of the John Howard Yoder […]