Prayers of lament: Responding to the violence of racism

By Mennonite Church USA staff As we have witnessed the recent and persistent violence upon black bodies, we are offering this space of collective lament and grief that comes from many voices across Mennonite Church USA (MC USA). Biblical lament shows us how to express deep sorrow, name suffering and cry out for God. “Laments […]

We need to engage in more costly peacemaking

Glen Guyton is the executive director of Mennonite Church USA.   It does not happen often, but I am at a loss for words as cities across the United States burn, and as I have endured several weeks of seeing black bodies sacrificed in the name of order and discipline. I am torn between being […]

Our worship belongs to all of us

Shaping the next generation of resources for the central practices of the church   This article is part of our series on Voices Together, a new worship and song collection coming fall 2020 from MennoMedia, in partnership with Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada.   Irma Fast Dueck is an associate professor of Practical […]

Living in the mystery of disorientation

Terry Zehr is the conference minister of New York Mennonite Conference.   Several years ago, I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Walter Brueggemann speak at Eastern Mennonite University’s School for Leadership Training. As I recall, during one of his sessions, Dr. Brueggemann proposed reading scripture through the framework of ‘orientation-disorientation-reorientation.’ Though I can’t recall […]

Oral History Project: Making space for all people

This post is part of a series from the MC USA Archives Oral History Project that seeks to document and preserve the voices of young people, ages 24-40, who are part of MC USA. The excerpts below are from an informal, longer spoken interview and edited for clarity. Interviewees did not receive the questions beforehand and responses were […]

Dispelling myths related to the Membership Guidelines of Mennonite Church USA

Glen Guyton is the executive director of Mennonite Church USA. Throughout the physical distancing many of us are experiencing because of COVID–19, I have felt heartened by the generosity and mutual aid being practiced across the church. Ever so slightly, I am catching a glimpse of what it means to journey forward as church together, caring for one another during a time of crisis. But, believe it […]

So you’re searching for a pastor…during a pandemic?

Michael Danner is the associate executive director of Church Vitality for Mennonite Church USA.   The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our lives, including life in the church. One area that has been impacted is pastoral searches. I know of some congregations at the beginning of their pastoral search process. Other congregations were […]

Bearing the responsibility of reopening

By Glen Guyton, executive director, Mennonite Church USA. With nearly all states in some phase of reopening, pastors and church leaders are discerning if, when and how to return to public worship. Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) encourages local congregations to consult with their MC USA area conference leaders. Our conferences provide a network of resources and support, and our conference leaders are equipped […]

Melissa-Florer-Bixler

The most precious of all

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. She is a board member of Friends of L’Arche North Carolina, and serves on the steering committee for MC USA’s Women in Leadership. She is the author of the book Fire By Night. COVID-19 crept into our lives in the season of Lent. The virus arrived uninvited into our […]

Copyrights during COVID-19

This article is part of our series on Voices Together, a new worship and song collection coming fall 2020 from MennoMedia, in partnership with Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada.   By Katie Graber and Bradley Kauffman Copyrights background Copyright laws and procedures protect intellectual property and pay people who make a living or […]