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Executive Board looks toward the future of the church

Note: This report initially appeared in The Mennonite. By Hannah Heinzekehr KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — In their penultimate meeting of the biennium, members of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) took time March 30-April 1 to reflect on denominational developments over the last two years and to look ahead to new trends […]

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Executive Board staff transitions

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Randy Miller’s quarter-time role on the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board staff ended on Dec. 31. Miller was hired as special assistant to the executive director in March 2014 to focus on fundraising for the Purposeful Plan 2017 Fund. Miller’s work included helping to retire the debt for the […]

Seeking the peace of the city

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Interchurch Relations for Mennonite Church USA. Two days after the presidential election, pastors and church leaders from our neighborhood in South Bend, Indiana met together. We were about half African-American and half white. We ate together, got to know each other better and prayed together. Eleven churches were represented. […]

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Israel-Palestine Resolution revision available for review

(Mennonite Church USA) – A resolution on Israel-Palestine was brought to delegates at the Mennonite Church USA assembly in Kansas City in 2015. Delegates tabled that resolution asking that it be revised. After six months of intense work, a draft of the revised resolution, titled “Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine,” is being shared with […]

Holding Jesus and the Spirit together

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Interchurch Relations for Mennonite Church USA. Some Mennonite historians and others have suggested that ever since the debacle in Munster in 1534 Anabaptists (and their Mennonite descendants) have been skeptical of the Holy Spirit. Prophets who claimed special spiritual insight led Anabaptists to set up a kingdom where polygamy […]

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Executive Board staff transitions

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) staff announces recent and current staff transitions: André Gingerich Stoner of South Bend, Indiana, resigned from his role as director of Holistic Witness on Aug. 1. He will continue in a half-time role as director of Interchurch Relations with several special assignments for the […]

New MVS position created to carry out Partners in Peacemaking resolution in local settings

By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — On Aug. 16, Jonathan Brenneman of St. Marys, Ohio, is beginning a one-year assignment with Mennonite Voluntary Service (MVS) in Elkhart, Indiana, as Partners in Peacemaking coordinator for Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) staff. EB staff members worked with Mennonite Mission Network […]

Members of the circle

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Interchurch Relations for Mennonite Church USA. Several weeks ago I had the privilege of spending three days in retreat with ecumenical officers from 13 other Christian churches. I’ve been meeting with this group for the past four years. I count them as significant colleagues and friends. During our three […]

Lutherans and Mennonites celebrate a covenant of peace

Reconciliation recounted at regional ELCA gathering SOUTH BEND, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Events in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2010 brought Lutherans and Mennonites to tears and embraces in northern Indiana this month. During the June 9–11 annual assembly of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in South Bend, Indiana, more […]

“Integrated” Ministry in Colombia

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Holistic Witness for Mennonite Church USA. For a week in May, I had the privilege of being part of a delegation visiting Mennonite churches in Colombia to help them celebrate the Days of Prayer and Action (DOPA). We represented Mennonite Church USA, the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches […]