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.

 

Have you heard about our year-long Spiritual Practices Resource? Download it here.

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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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