Hope for God’s Shalom

Hope for the Future (HFF) is an annual gathering of people of color serving in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. HFF gatherings began in 2012 and initially served to create space for mutual support among people of color in Mennonite Church USA institutions and agencies. In recent years, white leaders across the denomination have […]

Hope for the Future: Derecho que no se defiende es derecho que se pierde

This is the fourth post in a blog series from participants in Hope for the Future (HFF), an annual gathering of people of color serving in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. HFF gatherings began in 2012 and initially served to create space for mutual support among people of color in Mennonite Church USA institutions […]

Hope for the Future: Do you want to get well?

This is the third post in a blog series from participants in Hope for the Future (HFF), an annual gathering of people of color serving in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. HFF gatherings began in 2012 and initially served to create space for mutual support among people of color in Mennonite Church USA institutions […]

The Truth of Ubuntu

Shannon Dycus lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband, Gregory and two sons – ages 4 and 6. She is co-pastor at First Mennonite Church in Indianapolis. The realities of race, power and justice are ongoing conversations as a pastor of color in a predominantly white congregation. The conversations almost always include food and grace. This post originally appeared […]

Hope for the Future: The church I want to belong to

This is the second post in a blog series from participants in Hope for the Future (HFF), an annual gathering of people of color serving in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. HFF gatherings began in 2012 and initially served to create space for mutual support among people of color in Mennonite Church USA institutions […]

Hope for the Future: Top 10

This is the first post in a blog series from participants in Hope for the Future (HFF), an annual gathering of people of color serving in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. HFF gatherings began in 2012 and initially served to create space for mutual support among people of color in Mennonite Church USA institutions […]

Hope for the Future: Together for a time such as this

en español By Jenny Castro HAMPTON, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA) — As participants arrived at Calvary Community Church (C3) on Feb. 2, it was clear that Hope for the Future (HFF) has created a uniquely safe space for people of color in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. Bear hugs, deep sighs and prayers of […]

Honoring Lawrence and Betty Hart

On Oct. 8, 2016 Mennonite Church USA together with MCC Central States hosted a gathering honoring  Lawrence and Betty Hart. People were invited to offer reflections, stories or other expressions, speaking to the profound impact of the lives and work of Lawrence and Betty. Iris de León-Hartshorn is director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church […]

Mennonite delegation shows solidarity at Standing Rock encampment

Katerina Friesen is a recent graduate of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana. She is a writer and community builder, and currently serves as the interim pastor of Belmont Neighborhood Fellowship in Elkhart. Here she is pictured standing near the site at the Standing Rock encampment where direct action has been taking place. This post […]

Intercultural Development Inventory administrators equipped to serve

IDI now available throughout the church By Jenny Castro (Mennonite Church USA) — Sixteen qualified administrators of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) from across Mennonite Church USA gathered for the first time Aug. 9–11 in Kansas City, Missouri. According to Iris de León-Hartshorn, director of transformative peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA, the IDI is an […]