Mennonite Church USA leaders to visit and learn from Arizona immigration organizations

(Mennonite Church USA) — A group from the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) of Mennonite Church USA will spend two days learning about immigration initiatives and organizations in Tucson, Arizona, Oct. 19-20. The CLC is made up of conference and constituent group leaders who serve as denominational elders for MC USA. Following their regular meetings, a […]

Radical Living garden program plants seeds with Brooklyn youth

  By Kayla Berkey (Mennonite Church USA) — On a sunny day in the Brooklyn, New York neighborhood of Bedford Stuyvesant, families gather at Calvary Fellowship AME Church to make fresh jam and eat together at the annual “Jam-boree.” Throughout the summer, youth prepare and tend to garden beds at the church where they eventually […]

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Board discusses MennoCon19 success, Membership Guidelines process

By MC USA Staff DALLAS, Texas (Mennonite Church USA) — The success of MennonCon19, improving MC USA communications and discernment over the Membership Guidelines process, were among the issues the Executive Board discussed during its meeting Sept. 5 – 7 in Dallas, Texas. Executive Director Glen Guyton reported that MennoCon19, July 2-6 in Kansas City, […]

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Mennonite Church USA ‘Church Vitality’ office to strengthen focus on peacemaking

(Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA has renamed its Leadership Development office “Church Vitality” to better reflect its focus on helping congregations to thrive. “All of our work is around helping churches thrive,” said Michael Danner, MC USA associate director of Church Vitality and Engagement. “Church Vitality is broader and represents the purpose of […]

Empowering Mennonite Education: A 2019 Call to Prayer and Action

The leadership of Mennonite Education Agency, an agency of Mennonite Church USA, issues a statement calling for support of Mennonite schools. Education has been part of the mission of the Mennonite Church since the founding of Bethel College over 130 years ago. In 2019 our schools are facing many opportunities and also strong challenges. The […]

Peace Academic Center begins classes for pre-K and kindergarten students

(Mennonite Church USA) — Peace Academic Center, formerly Hopi Mission School, began classes for pre-K and kindergarten students on Aug. 12. The school in Kykotsmovi, Arizona, is offering two classes, aiming to initially serve about 20 students and building its capacity and attendance from there. “We’ve been planning and working at this for a year […]

The Gathering Place to host webinar series on Anabaptism and American politics

(Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA Faith Formation announces Putting People on the Ballot: Anabaptism and American Politics, a three-part webinar series to explore one perspective on how Anabaptist theology can create a different paradigm for engaging government without falling into the traps of fallen systems or partisan politics. The webinar is a resource […]

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Leadership transitions in Mennonite Church USA agencies

Carlos Romero ends term as executive director of Mennonite Education Agency Carlos Romero transitioned from his role as executive director of Mennonite Education Agency (MEA), effective in July 2019. The MEA Board of Directors accepted his announcement at a March 8-9 meeting with regret and deep appreciation for his passionate commitment to Mennonite education and […]

Salem-Zion Mennonite Church youth plan to #BRINGTHEPEACE to the county fair

  By Kayla Berkey (Mennonite Church USA) — As thousands visit the Turner County Fair in South Dakota this August to attend events like the demolition derby, rodeo and roping contests, they will find the message to #BRINGTHEPEACE in their concession stand. The youth group of Salem-Zion Mennonite Church in Freeman, South Dakota, runs the […]

Mennonite Church USA follow-up to Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants

  By Kayla Berkey KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — “As a denomination we seek connections with immigrant communities in our contexts and support those in sanctuary and the thousands of families whose loved ones have been deported,” reads one of seven commitments in the Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants, passed […]