Inside the Church of God (Tennessee) – Mennonite Church USA dialogue

Gayle Gerber Koontz is professor emerita of Theology and Ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) where she taught for more than 30 years. She was part of the Mennonite Church USA-Evangelical Lutheran Church of America conversations from 2002-2004 and has been the Mennonite Church USA representation to U.S. Faith and Order interchurch theological work […]

Cultivating relationships with the ELCA

John D. Roth served as a representative of Mennonite Church USA on a series of ecumenical dialogues with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (2001-2004) focused on the “condemnations” of the Anabaptists in the Augsburg Confession of 1530. He also served as a representative of Mennonite World Conference on the Lutheran-Mennonite International Study Commission (2005-2008) […]

Christian Churches Together and Mennonite Church USA

Ervin Stutzman is executive director of Mennonite Church USA. In the middle of February, I attended the annual convocation of Christian Churches Together for the sixth time. I am drawn to this fellowship of churches because it is unique in this country. It brings together denominational leaders from the five families of Christian faith — […]

Points of convergence

We are delighted to highlight this example of interchurch work at a local and regional level. Jim Amstutz is executive director of the Lancaster County Council of Churches, a network of over 130 houses of worship in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Previously he served as pastor of Akron (Pennsylvania) Mennonite Church for 14 years. Jim studied at […]

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Gerald Shenk is a staff member at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana, and former seminary professor at Eastern Mennonite University. He’s volunteered in former Yugoslavia with Mennonite Central Committee and Eastern Mennonite Missions. Gerald serves as Mennonite Church USA liaison to the Church of God (Cleveland). From the vantage point of our settled Mennonite […]

Mennonite World Conference and the broader body of Christ

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Holistic Witness for Mennonite Church USA. One of the significant events at the Mennonite World Conference gatherings was receiving greetings from representatives of the larger body of Christ:  Lutherans, Pentecostals, Quakers, the World Council of Churches and others. This made very real that we as Mennonites do not exist […]

Exponential and the ecotone

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Holistic Witness for Mennonite Church USA Several weeks ago, I attended the annual Exponential church planters’ convention. Those days brought together the holistic witness and interchurch parts of my work. The conference attracted several thousand people for several days of preaching, inspirational stories, and practical workshops. I found myself […]

Jason Storbakken: Remembering our identity

Jason Storbakken is cofounder of the Radical Living Christian community in Brooklyn, New York, and Chapel Director of The Bowery Mission. Radical Living is a congregation within Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA. Jason’s first book, “Radical Spirituality: Repentance, Resistance, Revolution” (Orbis) is now available. By Jason Storbakken We are Anabaptists. We are Mennonites. […]

On the journey with Lutheran brothers and sisters: An interview with John D. Roth

By Andre Gingerich Stoner At its most recent meeting, the Executive Board asked Ervin Stutzman, executive director, to send a letter of greeting and Christian friendship to Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  The letter recounts with gratitude the remarkable developments in Mennonite-Lutheran relations in the past fifteen years.  […]