Open letter to Rabbi Myers, Tree of Life Congregation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dear Rabbi Myers: On behalf of the members and leaders of Mennonite Church USA, I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to those at Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha who lost friends and family members this past weekend during the shooting. It is hard to imagine the pain that you are feeling currently. During times […]

Peace Academic Center: A re-envisioned partnership

Glen Guyton is executive director of Mennonite Church USA. I was snapped back into reality quickly as the motorcyclist sped by me. After eight and a half hours of driving round-trip through mostly secluded mesas, I must confess, my mind wandered a bit as I reentered the dense traffic of Phoenix, Arizona. Apparently, I barely […]

Learn, Pray, Join: Perspectives from on the ground

John Garland is the part-time pastor of San Antonio (Texas) Mennonite Church, in the heart of the city. His wife is a high school principal just over the river and his two daughters go to the neighborhood elementary school. He raises vegetables for the local market. Before San Antonio, John and the family lived on […]

Renewing our commitment to peace

Glen Guyton is executive director of Mennonite Church USA.   It is difficult to find the words as I turn on the news and see reports of our 22nd school shooting this year. This most recent school shooting moved me because it took place one hour outside of my hometown of Houston, Texas. Violence against […]

Leaders of the future: Love, take courage, imagine and don’t go it alone

Iris de León-Hartshorn is the director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. This is the third in a three-part blog series based on a presentation Iris gave on leadership at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in January 2018. In this time of such turmoil in our church and society, I have reflected on what church leaders need to […]

Leadership: Bridges to Cross

Iris de León-Hartshorn is the director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. This is the second in a three-part blog series based on a presentation Iris gave on leadership at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in January 2018. As I look back in years in church leadership I have become aware of some bridges I had […]

Shiprah and Puah: Courageous Conspirators

Sue Park-Hur is an ordained Mennonite pastor and co-director of ReconciliAsian. The following piece is based on a sermon she gave at Hope for the Future, the annual gathering for people of color working within Mennonite Church USA, its agencies and institutions.  Exodus 1: 15-22 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one […]

Leadership: God calls broken vessels

Iris de León-Hartshorn is the director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. This is the first in a three-part blog series based on a presentation Iris gave on leadership at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in January 2018. Being a leader in this time in our history is tough. Institutions, including the church, have lost a […]

MennoTalks: Welcoming refugee neighbors through community gardening

At the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando in July, planners tried something new. Something they called MennoTalks. Not quite TED and not exactly Pecha Kucha, MennoTalks explored a different topic each day, featuring speakers from diverse perspectives. Topics included Celebrating Women (Wednesday); Race, Religion and Justice (Thursday); and Local and Global Peacemaking (Friday). Over […]

God is Calling the Remnant

Iris de León-Hartshorn is director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. Mary’s Song of Praise  And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the […]