We need to engage in more costly peacemaking

Glen Guyton is the executive director of Mennonite Church USA.   It does not happen often, but I am at a loss for words as cities across the United States burn, and as I have endured several weeks of seeing black bodies sacrificed in the name of order and discipline. I am torn between being […]

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 […]

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 […]

Being ‘the first’ and accepted

Glen Guyton, executive director of MC USA, reflects on role, two years after making history By Kayla Berkey (Mennonite Church USA) — “God calls us to strange places in strange ways,” Glen Guyton said in a sermon to Pasadena Mennonite Church on Jacob’s calling from God at Bethel in Genesis 28. He relates this theme […]

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 […]

The line in the sand

Glen Guyton is the executive director of Mennonite Church USA. Warning: If you are not a fan of Star Trek or classic literature, this post may confound you. Ever wonder what Jean Luc Picard and some Mennonites have in common? Lines in the sand, especially when it comes to articulating our fear and facing uncertainty. […]

Money matters in Mennonite Church USA

Glen Guyton is executive director or Mennonite Church USA.  I received a disturbing memo from a church leader about them having to dissolve a few programs and some internal reorganization due to reduced funding. Money is going to be a thing in determining the future direction of MC USA. That is not a very spiritual […]

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That they may be one

Glen Guyton is executive director of Mennonite Church USA. I recently spent five days in my former home conference, Virginia Mennonite. I had quite the hectic schedule: two chapels at Eastern Mennonite School, an evening lecture, lunch with credentialed leaders, breakfast with youth leaders, a meeting with EMU president, Susan Huxman, a high school musical, […]

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We must not underestimate the power of our words

Glen Guyton is executive director of Mennonite Church USA. The words of the prophet Jeremiah came to mind as I read Pastor Harold Miller’s blog post Reasons we support same-sex marriage — or not. Even as I write this in my role as executive director of MC USA, I am mindful of Jeremiah 23:1 (NLT). […]

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The Little Green Dove and Our Journey Forward

Glen Guyton is executive director or Mennonite Church USA. In this three-part blog series, Glen explores MC USA structure while challenging us as members of this denomination to Journey Forward together. MC USA, as a body of believers, has a lot of hard work to do over the next few years. It is going to be […]