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Statement Regarding Lancaster Mennonite Conference

Written by Ervin Stutzman, Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA As of January 1, 2018, Lancaster Mennonite Conference has officially left the Mennonite Church USA denomination. This decision was made two years ago, and we have been processing and preparing for this time as a denomination. We are disappointed that Lancaster Mennonite Conference made the […]

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Relationship-building with Jewish-Christian dialogue

(Mennonite Church USA) – On November 1, 2017, Professor John Kampen of Methodist Theological School in Ohio attended the Jewish-Christian dialogue sponsored by the National Council of Churches (NCC) and the National Council of Synagogues (NCS). This is the third time Kampen has attended this biannual event on behalf of Mennonite Church USA. The NCS […]

Writers gather to plan Journey Forward draft

(Mennonite Church USA) – The five-person Journey Forward writing team — Sarah Bixler (Princeton, New Jersey), Jon Carlson (Leola, Pennsylvania), Natalie Francisco (Chesapeake, Virginia), Jack Swaim (Boise, Idaho) and Isaac Villegas (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) met for the first time on Dec. 11-13 in Washington D.C. to begin their work with Journey Forward, a churchwide […]

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Executive Board staff transitions in Mennonite Church USA

(Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) staff announces current staff transitions: Alyssa Bennett Smith completed her service on the MC USA Communications team for EB staff in September. She served as web and social media content manager for nearly three years. Alyssa helped to envision and coordinate the 2015 website overhaul. […]

Developing leadership strengths in an Anabaptist context

(Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Education Agency/MHS) – Each fall, a different group of leaders gather at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center to start a new term of the Values-Based Leadership Program (VBLP). The program provides resources, relationship building and reflection on leadership development through an Anabaptist lens. Currently, the 2017-2018 program year is between sessions. In October, […]

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Survey results show priorities for next MC USA executive director

(Mennonite Church USA) – The Executive Director Search Committee reports that nearly 800 people across Mennonite Church USA participated in the online survey it released in late September. Participants were asked to prioritize essential qualities and priorities for the next executive director of MC USA and to nominate potential candidates. The survey is now closed. […]

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Mennonite Church USA Executive Director signs letter to oppose “Israel Anti-Boycott Act”

(Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA Executive Director Ervin Stutzman joins leaders representing seventeen churches and church-based organizations in signing a letter urging Congress to oppose the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act.” The letter was sent to all members of Congress on November 6, 2017. “This legislation would put legal obstacles in the way of nonviolent […]

MC USA Leaders’ Council holds first meeting of the biennium

This report initially appeared in The Mennonite. By Hannah Heinzekehr The Journey continues. Three weeks after Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) approved plans to implement the Journey Forward, a two-year process building on the outcomes generated by the Future Church Summit process at the Orlando convention in July, the Constituency Leaders’ Council (CLC) of MC USA spent considerable time processing the […]

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Executive Board affirms MC USA’s Journey Forward; Addresses white privilege; Reaffirms Doug Basinger to LDC

(Mennonite Church USA) — At its first meeting of the 2017-2019 biennium on Sept. 28-30 in Kansas City, Missouri, the Executive Board (EB) of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) unanimously affirmed a new proposal outlining the next steps in a new, two-year visioning process called Journey Forward: Embracing God’s Hope for MC USA. Journey Forward […]

Journey Forward: Embracing God’s hope for MC USA

(Mennonite Church USA) — At its first meeting of the 2017-2019 biennium, the Executive Board (EB) of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) affirmed a proposal outlining the next steps in a new, two-year visioning process called Journey Forward — to discern and embrace God’s hope for MC USA in the 21st century.  Journey Forward grows […]