Worship opens convention in Orlando

Adult Worship When you’re in the stomping grounds of Mickey and Minnie, surrounded by palm trees in the heart of the Sunshine State, you might forget that Orlando history also has its share of despair. That’s something that Sarah Bixler of Princeton, New Jersey, pointed out early in last night’s adult opening worship service. “We […]

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Executive Board meets in Orlando with eye toward Future Church Summit

ORLANDO, Florida (Mennonite Church USA) — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board met Tuesday afternoon for what moderator Patty Shelly called “a little coda of our time together” over the past biennium. The board said farewell to four members and addressed a few items of business prior to the Mennonite Church USA convention, which is […]

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Kratz resigns from Executive Director Search Committee

(Mennonite Church USA) — The newly established search committee for the next executive director of Mennonite Church USA held its first meeting on June 12 over video conference. The committee discussed the importance of establishing a good process for the transition. They resolved to seek input from the broader church, and agreed that calling the church […]

Come and See tour

‘Come and See’ tours enable more than 110 leaders to learn about Israel/Palestine

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Nearly four years ago, Mennonite Church USA members were invited to “Come and See” the situation in Israel/Palestine for themselves. In the time since, a series of learning tours have enabled 112 church leaders to meet Israelis and Palestinians and learn from their realities. The roots of the initiative […]

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Executive Board statement following spring consent agenda appointment

On June 19, 2017, the Executive Board (EB) of Mennonite Church USA met by video conference to review an appointment made by consent agenda in its March 30-April 1 board meeting. Board members acknowledged some missteps in the process that resulted in an uninformed decision to appoint Doug Basinger, an individual in a same-sex marriage, to […]

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Executive Board names search committee to call new executive director

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has announced an eight-member search committee that will be charged with calling the next executive director of Mennonite Church USA. Executive Board member Joy Sutter of Franconia Mennonite Conference in Pennsylvania will chair the committee. Other members are Clyde Kratz (Virginia Conference), Joyce […]

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Love is a Verb: Interfaith relationship-building bears beautiful fruit

URBANA, Illinois (Mennonite Church USA) — For Earl Kellogg, who spent much of his career working in higher education, reaching out to people of other faith traditions comes as easily as connecting with his next-door neighbor. And for his congregation, First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana, the local mosque literally is a next-door neighbor, so the […]

FaithTrust training

Event equips ‘Healthy Boundaries’ trainers for the church

By Jenny Castro KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — Nearly 40 area conference ministers and representatives, pastors, denominational leaders, social workers, victim advocates and counselors from across Mennonite Church USA gathered May 10-11 in Kansas City for a “train the trainers” event organized by Mennonite Church USA staff members Iris de León Hartshorn, director […]

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Schowalter Foundation and Everence support accessibility services at Orlando Convention

(Anabaptist Disabilities Network) — The Schowalter Foundation of Newton, Kansas, and Everence of Goshen, Indiana, have each awarded grants to Anabaptist Disabilities Network to support the work of coordinating increased accessibility services for persons with disabilities attending the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando July 4-8. Kathleen Nofziger Yeakey, executive director of Anabaptist Disabilities Network, […]

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Convention 2017 special offerings will benefit women’s ministries in the church

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Women’s ministry programs will be the beneficiaries of the special offerings at this summer’s Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando. Youth and adult offerings during the July 4-8 event will be shared between Mennonite Women USA, the Women in Leadership Project (WLP) and Sexual Abuse Prevention initiatives.   With Mennonite […]