Prayer for the city of Aleppo

Carol Penner is a member of the faculty at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario, teaching Practical Theology. This prayer originally appeared on her website: Leading Worship:Worship resources in a Mennonite voice for ears of all kinds. God of angel armies, hear our prayer for your beloved city of Aleppo. Cast out the demon […]

“Integrated” Ministry in Colombia

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Holistic Witness for Mennonite Church USA. For a week in May, I had the privilege of being part of a delegation visiting Mennonite churches in Colombia to help them celebrate the Days of Prayer and Action (DOPA). We represented Mennonite Church USA, the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches […]

Curriculum equips congregations for compassionate response to veterans

By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — A six-week Sunday school curriculum — Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: Seeking Peace Together — can help small groups and congregations who want to explore how the church can play a part in the healing journeys of returning veterans. The materials draw on biblical […]

Sent 2016 video profiles, blogs available online

(Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — Four video profiles of church planters and a series of blogs offer glimpses into creative initiatives highlighted at Sent 2016: A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus-centered communities, held March 31–April 2, 2016, in the New Orleans area. More than 100 Mennonite church planters, coaches, conference leaders and others met […]

Sent 2016: A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus-centered communities

[Español] ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — More than 100 Mennonite church planters, coaches and leaders involved in planting the seeds of God’s reign across the United States will gather for a national church planting summit March 31 – April 2, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Pastor Karl Bernhard, a church planter with […]

Dreamers, risk-takers and testifiers plan Sent 2016

André Gingerich Stoner is director of Holistic Witness for Mennonite Church USA. When 10 of us met to plan Sent 2016, we were excited about who we discovered in the room: Dreamers, risk-takers, testifiers who were helping birth: – a growing multi-generational Spanish community in a large city; – a house church network of millennials that […]

In support of our Muslim neighbors

(Mennonite Church USA) — A Dec. 14 article in The Mennonite, “Mennonites connect with Muslims in wake of attacks,” highlighted examples of Mennonite congregations building relationships with local Muslim communities. “At a time when fears are being exploited for political gain,” says Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, “I commend efforts by Mennonites […]

Christian community, conflict and witness

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Holistic Witness and Interchurch Relations for Mennonite Church USA. One of my favorite hymns is in Hymnal a Worship Book number 420 “Heart with loving heart united.” This is a hymn about God’s love, Christian community, and a powerful witness to the world. The hymn was written by Nicolaus […]

How now do we speak?

Jason Boone is the coordinating minister of the Peace and Justice Support Network, a joint project of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Mission Network. A friend of mine asked me recently, “What are you Mennonites saying about school shootings?” I had a lengthy response. I named individuals and congregations who’ve done extensive work addressing gun […]