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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

MC USA Executive Board prepares for MennoCon19

  By MC USA staff with reporting from Sheldon C. Good of The Mennonite, Inc. Kansas City, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) – Amidst the hustle and bustle of MennoCon19 arrivals and registration, MC USA’s Executive Board met for three hours on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 2 to prepare for the biennial Delegate Assembly. Approximately […]

Young adults leave convention hopeful for the future

by Jordan Waidelich for Mennonite Church USA Tyler Eshleman is hopeful. He’s not just hopeful because nearly 270 young adults attended this year’s convention, up from 75 in Kansas City. He’s hopeful because they enthusiastically joined in the conversation. “It’s exciting to me because young adults are engaged and involved,” said Eshleman, the young adult […]

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Delegates accept Future Church Summit results as ‘guide for discernment’

Mennonite Church USA staff ORLANDO, Florida (Mennonite Church USA) — The delegate assembly re-convened Saturday morning at the Mennonite Church USA 2017 convention in Orlando, overwhelmingly voting to accept the final report and outcomes of the Future Church Summit (FCS) as a guide for discerning the church’s ongoing work and ministry. Executive Board (EB) member […]

What does a historic peace church do when veterans want to join?

by Jordan Waidlich for Mennonite Church USA “Veterans know better than anybody,” said Bob Shelley, from Fort Collins, Colorado, “the value of the message that the Mennonite Church offers of peace.” It might seem counterintuitive, but Jason Boone, a peace and justice minister with Mennonite Mission Network, would agree. Boone has spent years researching the […]