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Mennonite Church USA continues response to DSA report

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) staff are moving forward in their efforts to prevent abuse and strengthen accountability across the denomination. Following the D. Stafford & Associates (DSA) investigation into the responses of Virginia Mennonite Conference (VMC) and Lindale Mennonite Church (LMC), Linville, Virginia, to abuse complaints against former Eastern Mennonite University […]

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Love is a Verb: Seminary alumna passes Trail of Death learnings on to next generation

Note: This story initially appeared on the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary website. By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Indiana (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary) — Char Mast recalls the moment she realized she had a deep historical connection to the story of the Trail of Death — a connection she had not been aware of before. It […]

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Love is a Verb: Remembering MJ Sharp and the witness of ‘a kind soul’

Note: This article initially appeared in The Mennonite. By Gordon Houser HESSTON, Kansas (Mennonite Church USA) — Michael (MJ) Sharp, whose death in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was confirmed by the United Nations on March 28, was “a kind soul,” said his mother, Michelle, in an April 3 interview. John, his father, added […]

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Executive Board looks toward the future of the church

Note: This report initially appeared in The Mennonite. By Hannah Heinzekehr KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — In their penultimate meeting of the biennium, members of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) took time March 30-April 1 to reflect on denominational developments over the last two years and to look ahead to new trends […]

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Stutzman to retire as executive director in 2018

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) – Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, has announced his retirement effective in spring 2018. He has served in the role since January 2010. The announcement came on Thursday, March 30, during the meetings of the church’s Executive Board, the body that is responsible for calling and […]

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Executive Board members “of one mind” at recent meetings

By Mennonite Church USA staff KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) – The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) gathered March 30 – April 1 for the final meeting of the 2015-2017 biennium and the EB’s last gathering before the Delegate Assembly in Orlando. Mortgage Burning In his report to the board, executive director Ervin […]

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CLC meeting tests the Future Church Summit model

Note: This article first appeared in The Mennonite. By Hannah Heinzekehr ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) Eschewing their usual agenda, members of the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) spent their last meeting of the biennium testing a large-group visioning process that will be used at the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando this July. Around 70 […]

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‘Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace Tour’ announced

The Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace Tour will bring Jewish and Palestinian peacemakers to Mennonite communities in April and May. Representatives of local Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) chapters, including Rabbi Linda Holtzman of Philadelphia and Rabbi Brand Rosen of Chicago, will speak together with Jonathan Kuttab, a Mennonite and prominent Palestinian human rights […]

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‘Mennonites and the Holocaust’ conference issues call for papers

NORTH NEWTON, Kansas (Bethel College/Mennonite Church USA) — The call for papers has been issued for an international academic conference on Mennonites and the Holocaust, to be hosted by Bethel College a year from now, March 16-17, 2018. Conference co-organizers are Mark Jantzen, Bethel professor of history; John Thiesen, archivist for the Mennonite Library and […]