Love is a Verb


As Christians, we believe that God is love, and that we are called to participate in the love that God has for the world – the same love that was revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. In Christ, we see that love is something lived, love is active in the world, love is a verb.

On February 14, Mennonite Church USA will launch a new communications campaign that will explore the idea of love in action. Through it, we’ll highlight stories of individuals, families, congregations, communities and agencies across Mennonite Church USA who are living out the transformative love of Christ all around them – through service, mission, and witness, in relationship with one another and with God.

Through #MennoLove we’ll celebrate the diverse ways we Mennonites participate in the love of God in and around us. It will challenge our Valentine’s Day notions of cheap and chintzy love and call us to the holy, gritty work of loving God, ourselves and our neighbors. Our biennial convention in Orlando in the summer of 2017 will be the culmination of the campaign, carrying the same theme: Love is a Verb.

 

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Ways to Get Involved

 

We are always looking to add new voices to the Menno Snapshots blog! If you are interested in writing a blog or reflection that centers on the theme “Love is a Verb”, contact Jenny Castro.

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Do you know of people who are putting love into action? Submit a feature story idea to Janie Beck Kreider.

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Love is a Verb: Bitter or Sweet

Randy Heacock is interim LEADership minister for Franconia Conference. He is also pastor of Doylestown Mennonite Church. Randy holds an Master of Divinity degree from Moravian Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Messiah College. Though many in our culture are turned off by Christianity, Randy encounters many who are intrigued to learn […]

Love is a Verb: Choosing Love

Barbie Fischer finds her energy in helping people be restored to God, to themselves and their communities. She is often found goofing off with the two teens she mentors, facilitating restorative justice workshop with her organization Restorative Encounters or hanging out with her church family at Ambler (Pennsylvania) Mennonite Church. She spends her weekends traveling […]

Love is a Verb: Love is letting others lead

Dayna Olson-Getty serves as associate pastor at Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she lives with her husband and one living son. She was first called into the Anabaptist stream through Pasadena Mennonite Church and through her studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, where she earned an M.Div. She blogs at daynasmusings.blogspot.com/ and is writing […]

Love is a Verb: Engaging men to love

Steve Thomas is coordinator of Mennonite Men, the men’s organization of Mennonite Church USA. Steve lives in Goshen, Indiana. The mission of Mennonite Men is engaging men to grow, give and serve as followers of Jesus. For more information visit MennoniteMen.org. In a gathering of men, Ben[i], a 30-something man, shares from his heart. He […]

Love is a Verb

June 2017: Love is embodied

The following is an excerpt from Love is a Verb: A one-year spiritual practice resource, written by Leo Hartshorn. The resource explores the 2017 convention theme Love is a Verb through the lens of Richard Foster’s six spiritual streams. Download the entire booklet from the Mennonite Church USA resource center. The incarnational stream Now he […]