Youth affirmed as delegates in historic moment for Mennonite Church USA

  KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — The 26 youth who began the Delegate Assembly as Step Up participants will end it as official delegates. A vote passed in the July 5 delegate session to change the bylaws to add youth, ages 16-21, as additional official delegates representing each MC USA congregation, conference and […]

MC USA delegates introduce resolution on abuse of child migrants, review membership guidelines process, walking with the Spirit

  KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — Delegates gave a standing ovation to the introduction of the Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants resolution, which states that as disciples of Jesus, MC USA condemns the treatment of immigrants of families and children at the border. Delegates were invited to discuss the draft […]

Delegates reflect on peacemaking and the wind of the Spirit

  KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — In the July 4 delegate equipping session, facilitator Tom Yoder Neufeld focused on the unity of the Spirit, describing the Spirit as a force where God is the energy that brings life to everything, using the definitions of spirit as wind or breath. “One thing you can’t […]

MC USA Delegate Assembly looks at the state of the church; messiness of unity

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — “The church is a mess. Thanks be to God.” With this as a title and refrain, Tom Yoder Neufeld, professor emeritus of Religious Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, set the tone for a Scriptural study on unity on the first day of the Delegate Assembly at MennoCon19. […]

MC USA Executive Board prepares for MennoCon19

  By MC USA staff with reporting from Sheldon C. Good of The Mennonite, Inc. Kansas City, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) – Amidst the hustle and bustle of MennoCon19 arrivals and registration, MC USA’s Executive Board met for three hours on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 2 to prepare for the biennial Delegate Assembly. Approximately […]

Iglesia Menonita Hispana to launch a missional leadership academy

  KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — Iglesia Menonita Hispana (IMH), a Racial/Ethnic constituency group of MC USA, held their biennial assembly in Kansas City July 1-2, where they developed plans to launch Academia Liderazgo Misional (ALM), a new initiative for missional leadership in partnership with Eastern Mennonite University and Mennonite Mission Network. ALM […]

Several thousand Mennonites seek to gather as peacemakers in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Mission Network) – Roughly 3,000 Mennonites are gathering July 2-6 in Kansas City, Missouri as people seeking to be Anabaptist peacemakers in the 21st century. Glen Guyton, the first African American to become executive director of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA), will lead its 500 delegates at […]

Scripture, storytelling and a new process for the Membership Guidelines to be introduced at 2019 Delegate Assembly

(Mennonite Church USA) — The Delegate Assembly at MennoCon19 will take a new format this year, focusing on Scriptural study, reflection and storytelling. It is also a culmination of the two-year Journey Forward process that grew out of the Future Church Summit in Orlando 2017. The Delegate Assembly convenes every two years at the MC […]

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Religious Leaders Statement on Child Deaths in Detention

(Mennonite Church USA) – Joining an ecumenical and interfaith coalition effort, Glen Guyton, executive director of MC USA, recently signed on to the Religious Leaders Statement on Child Deaths in Detention. Convened by the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the joint statement addresses concerns over the well-being of children who cross […]

Convention offerings at MennoCon19 in Kansas City will benefit peace church planting and Peace Academic Center

(Mennonite Church USA) — Two special offerings at MennoCon19 will go towards peace church planting within Mennonite Church USA and the Peace Academic Center (formally the Hopi Mission School). These offerings will take place during joint worship services of adult, youth and junior youth at the July 2-6 event in Kansas City, Missouri.   The […]