Journey Forward: Who really decides?

Over the next few months we’ve invited folks from across Mennonite Church USA to reflect on our Journey Forward and consider how they’ve seen Renewed Commitments at work in their lives, their congregation or community. If you’d like to contribute to this series by highlighting stories that bring our shared values to life, email JenniferC@MennoniteUSA.org.  Terry Zehr grew up in northern […]

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Returning to our commitments: MC USA leaders speak out against sexual violence

by Mennonite Church USA staff In 2015, the Delegate Assembly of MC USA passed the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse. It says: “We lament that sexual abuse exists not only in our society but also within our own homes, congregations and institutions … “When people violate others sexually, the church is called to be a […]

Homestead Mennonite and the Journey Forward

Over the next few months we’ve invited folks from across Mennonite Church USA to reflect on our Journey Forward and consider how they’ve seen Renewed Commitments at work in their lives, their congregation or community. If you’d like to contribute to this series by highlighting stories that bring our shared values to life, email JenniferC@MennoniteUSA.org.  For the past nine years Rick […]

Which tent do you live under?

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education for Everence. “’Tis a gift to be simple”  — 19th century Shaker song Living into the spirit of contentment or discontentment is largely a conscious decision. We choose which “tent” to live under by deciding what life is all about and what we want our life to represent. […]

God of foreigners and strangers

Saulo Padilla was born in Guatemala. In 1986 he immigrated with his mother and siblings to Canada to reunite with his father who left Guatemala as a political refugee in 1980 during the civil war. Since January 2008 Saulo has been working for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. as coordinator for the Immigration Education National […]

Widening the Circle: Talkin’ Bout a Revolution

Rhoda Blough is an Everence® Stewardship Consultant who works with congregations and individuals, helping them integrate faith values with finances through a wide variety of Everence stewardship services. She earned a seminary degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and will be a presenter at the upcoming Women Doing Theology conference.   I remember vividly a […]

Peace Academic Center: A re-envisioned partnership

Glen Guyton is executive director of Mennonite Church USA. I was snapped back into reality quickly as the motorcyclist sped by me. After eight and a half hours of driving round-trip through mostly secluded mesas, I must confess, my mind wandered a bit as I reentered the dense traffic of Phoenix, Arizona. Apparently, I barely […]

Where you stand affects what you see: Why we need Women Doing Theology

Michael Danner is associate executive director of church vitality and engagement for Mennonite Church USA. I first read A Black Theology of Liberation, by James Cone, in 2013. I was in a seminary class where it was required reading. That book changed how I viewed my own theology. I suspect some of you are suspicious […]

Cost Analysis

Over the next few months we’ve invited folks from across Mennonite Church USA to reflect on our Journey Forward and consider how they’ve seen Renewed Commitments at work in their lives, their congregation or community. If you’d like to contribute to this series by highlighting stories that bring our shared values to life, email JenniferC@MennoniteUSA.org.  Ruth Harder is the pastor at […]

Learn, Pray, Join: Mutuality at the heart of hospitality

Anton Flores-Maisonet is co-founder of Casa Alterna, a hospitality house located in a Guatemalan neighborhood in Georgia and devoted to faithful acts of mercy and justice. During the funeral visitation for my paternal grandfather, a woman wandered in from off the mean streets of New York City. Disheveled and disturbed she entered this sacred space […]