Mennonite Church USA postpones meetings amid COVID-19 concerns

By MC USA staff

(Mennonite Church USA) — Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) announced that it is postponing its Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) meeting scheduled for March 26–28, 2020, at Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri, as well as its Executive Board meeting scheduled for April 23-25, 2020, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“The CLC planning team determined that holding the scheduled CLC meeting presented an unnecessary risk for participants,” said Michael Danner, MC USA associate executive director for Church Vitality and a member of the planning team. “We are currently working to reschedule the event for late spring or summer.” The CLC is an MC USA advisory group comprised of leaders from the area conferences, agencies and constituency groups that meets at least twice each year to counsel and advise the Executive Board.

According to Iris de León Hartshorn, MC USA associate executive director for Operations, “The Executive Board canceled its April meeting in response to advisories from various health organizations on the importance of mitigating the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. We have much work to do on behalf of the church, but it’s also essential to be prudent with our health and the health of others, who may be more vulnerable. We hope to reschedule the board meeting this summer.”

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Mennonite Church USA is the largest Mennonite denomination in the United States with 16 conferences, approximately 530 congregations and 62,000 members. An Anabaptist Christian denomination, MC USA is part of Mennonite World Conference, a global faith family that includes churches in 86 countries. It has offices in Elkhart, Indiana and Newton, Kansas.