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 […]

Sent 2016 video profiles, blogs available online

(Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — Four video profiles of church planters and a series of blogs offer glimpses into creative initiatives highlighted at Sent 2016: A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus-centered communities, held March 31–April 2, 2016, in the New Orleans area. More than 100 Mennonite church planters, coaches, conference leaders and others met […]

The Body of Christ?

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Holistic Witness for Mennonite Church USA. “Every time the Christian church divided or separated, each group lost one half of the Gospel message.” So writes Richard Rohr, the Franciscan priest who has been an important spiritual teacher and guide for many, including Mennonites. Rohr highlights the break between Eastern […]

Pray for Catholic brothers and sisters

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Holistic Witness for Mennonite Church USA. The Vatican is hosting a first of its kind conference April 11-13, to reassess the just war theory, which has long been the dominant framework in the Catholic church for evaluating if and when violence can be used. The conference is co-hosted by […]

Enviados 2016: Un encuentro de menonitas que plantan comunidades centradas en Jesús

[English] ELKHART, Indiana (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU./Red Menonita de Misión) — Más de 100 plantadores de iglesias, líderes y capacitadores menonitas involucrados en sembrar las semillas del reino de Dios en toda la extensión de los Estados Unidos se reunirán en una cumbre nacional sobre plantación de iglesias entre el 31 de marzo y […]

Sent 2016: A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus-centered communities

[Español] ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — More than 100 Mennonite church planters, coaches and leaders involved in planting the seeds of God’s reign across the United States will gather for a national church planting summit March 31 – April 2, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Pastor Karl Bernhard, a church planter with […]

Commemorating the Reformation

Andre Gingerich Stoner is the director of Holistic Witness for Mennonite Church USA. In early December, I had a chance to spend several days at an annual “ecumenical officers’ retreat” with counterparts from about a dozen denominations. The Evangelical Church in America (ELCA), United Methodists, a Black Baptist denomination, Catholics, Moravian Brethren and others participated. […]

Dreamers, risk-takers and testifiers plan Sent 2016

André Gingerich Stoner is director of Holistic Witness for Mennonite Church USA. When 10 of us met to plan Sent 2016, we were excited about who we discovered in the room: Dreamers, risk-takers, testifiers who were helping birth: – a growing multi-generational Spanish community in a large city; – a house church network of millennials that […]