The dehumanizing effect of labels

Max Ediger grew up in Oklahoma and lives in Cambodia. He has worked in Asia since 1971. Max writes, “The emphasis of my work has been to find new and creative ways to work for justice and peace (‘justpeace’) from an Asian perspective.” Max’s post originally appeared in PeaceSigns, the magazine of the Peace and Justice […]

Faith leaders’ response to family separation

by MC USA staff Separating families is wrong. Selectively using Scripture to justify tearing families apart is dangerous and immoral. In such a time as this, Christians need to discern and be diligent to test what is being said and how Scripture is used or misused to advance political agendas. We as Christ followers need […]

Reflecting God’s love

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.  Ben Tapper has a bachelor’s […]

It’s time to start shouting

Denise Reesor is the program director for Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADN). She can be reached at denise@adnetonline.org. A version of this post originally appeared on ADN’s Opening Doors blog. It’s been estimated that one in five people sitting in church pews on Sunday morning struggle with mental health problems: darkness, despair, relentless grief, choking fear, self-loathing. […]

Experience transformation

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.  Tina Schlabach lives […]

Spiritual direction in action

Recently a group of 75 Mennonite spiritual directors from across the United States and beyond met for a three-day retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Though the group of spiritual directors meets every six years as a larger body, smaller regional retreats are held every two years to provide learning, inspiration and accountability. The theme for […]

Belovedness of all creation

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.  Rev. Erica Lea-Simka is […]

Reflections upon my service with Mennonite World Conference

Iris de León-Hartshorn is associate executive director of Mennonite Church USA For the last nine years I have served as the North American representative on the Executive Committee (EC) of Mennonite World Conference (MWC). It has been both an honor and privilege and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve. Mennonite Church USA made […]

Renewing our commitment to peace

Glen Guyton is executive director of Mennonite Church USA.   It is difficult to find the words as I turn on the news and see reports of our 22nd school shooting this year. This most recent school shooting moved me because it took place one hour outside of my hometown of Houston, Texas. Violence against […]

Our foundational documents and our Journey Forward

Iris de León-Hartshorn is associate executive director of Mennonite Church USA. This post is adapted from a presentation Iris gave at the April meeting of the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC). The Word Became Flesh John 1:1-5; 14, 16-18 (NRSV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was […]