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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 […]

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Organizational representatives affirm Anabaptists’ interfaith engagement

Note: This is a joint release of Mennonite Mission Network, Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Church USA, Eastern Mennonite Missions and Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Interfaith Engagement. By Emily Jones AKRON, Pennsylvania — “I think religious minorities in this country, no matter who they are, are feeling under threat,” said Trina Trotter Nussbaum, interim director […]

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Love is a Verb: Loving the ‘least of these’ from the border to Goshen

By Walt Wiltschek GOSHEN, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Last summer Julia Schmidt took a trip that changed the way she sees the world. Traveling on a learning tour with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and later walking the “Migrant Trail,” Schmidt spent two weeks in the United States-Mexico border region, seeking to understand some of […]

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ELG/MHA gathering welcomes ‘Emerging Leaders’

(Mennonite Education Agency/MHS) — Angela Hernandez is a young woman from central California who identifies as a Mexican-American. Through the ministries of the Mennonite church, she has found her passion and her call, and now she is helping other young leaders in the education and health care fields — especially people of color — to […]

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Archives make the move to Elkhart

By Walt Wiltschek ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA archivist Jason Kauffman can’t tell you exactly how many archival items are in the 6,500 boxes that have been carefully packed. “I’m sure it’s in the millions of documents,” he says. That’s about 4,500 linear feet worth of materials, for those of you […]

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Youth are invited to ‘Step Up’ with a larger voice at 2017 Convention

By Walt Wiltschek HARRISONBURG, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA) — A light bulb went off for Leah Wenger at the 2015 Mennonite Church USA Convention in Kansas City. Delegates at the convention were embroiled in a controversial discussion about two resolutions that would shape the future of Mennonite Church USA — the Resolution on Forbearance in […]