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Love is a Verb: A simple message of welcome, now more than ever

By Walt Wiltschek HARRISONBURG, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA) – Who would have thought that 11 words on a small, cardboard sign could have such a monumental impact? Yet like the biblical mustard seed, quite a bit of good had sprung from this one small idea that began a year and a half ago at a […]

Future Church Summit

The Future Church Summit: Forging a path from Orlando to new possibilities

By Janie Beck Kreider   “I feel we have lost our vision, and it needs to be reignited. I came to this church to be part of a different narrative – a counter-cultural, anti-Christendom movement that follows a radical Jesus. The first Anabaptists chose to be radical – not assimilated to culture or the spirit […]

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New US executive order causes issues for higher education

By Walt Wiltschek HARRISONBURG, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA / Mennonite Education Agency) — The recent executive order temporarily banning entry from seven Muslim-majority countries has been having widespread effects, including for institutions of higher education. Several Mennonite colleges and universities have already reported impacts from the federal action, though the long-term results of the ban […]

Hope for the Future

Hope for the Future: Sixth gathering builds on call for intercultural competency

(Mennonite Church USA) – The sixth annual Hope for the Future gathering takes place Feb. 2-5 at Calvary Community Church in Hampton, Virginia, bringing together leaders of color and others from across Mennonite Church USA for networking, support and conversation on issues of power, race and diversity across the church. More than 70 people are […]

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Executive Board staff transitions

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Randy Miller’s quarter-time role on the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board staff ended on Dec. 31. Miller was hired as special assistant to the executive director in March 2014 to focus on fundraising for the Purposeful Plan 2017 Fund. Miller’s work included helping to retire the debt for the […]

Beyond Buried Treasure

Education Leaders Gathering gears up for Jacksonville

(MHS/Mennonite Education Agency) — Momentum continues to build for the Mennonite Health Assembly and Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) Education Leaders Gathering (ELG), scheduled for March 9-12 in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. More than two dozen workshops are now confirmed for the conference, covering a wide range of topics. Those include “Living Well and Talking Truthfully at […]

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Church leaders make “Public Call to Protect All People”

(Mennonite Church USA) — “A Public Call to Protect All People,” issued by more than 50 Christian leaders from across the United States, notes concern with the “threatening” tone of recent political rhetoric and calls on congregations and other groups to deepen their engagement in the economic, social and political health of their local communities. […]

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Mennonite Church USA issues response to DSA report, shares findings and recommendations

By Janie Beck Kreider “…so that God’s healing and hope flow through us to the world.” –Vision for Healing and Hope, Mennonite Church USA From Executive Board staff representatives – Ervin Stutzman, Iris de Leόn-Hartshorn, Terry Shue – of Mennonite Church USA: As Mennonite Church USA, we value and aspire daily to be a vessel […]

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Love is a Verb: Pregnancy Circles empower through community

By Kate Lichti GOSHEN, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — In the Gospel of Luke, when Mary visits Elizabeth, the two mothers-to-be are so filled with joy and the Holy Spirit at their meeting that Mary is emboldened to prophesy. At Maple City Health Care Center (MCHCC) in Goshen, Indiana, staff and patients are also witnessing […]

Spanish Anbaptist education group

Online theology education opens doors

By Kelsey Hochstetler SUGARCREEK, Ohio (Mennonite Mission Network / Mennonite Education Agency) – Nora Marleni Martínez of Metapan, El Salvador, is in the first group of students in a regional Peace and Justice Institute program of the Seminario Anabautista Latinoamericano (SEMILLA). Many SEMILLA courses are taught in local centers across Central America and Mexico, but […]