Mennonite Church USA oral history project to amplify young voices

  By Kayla Berkey (Mennonite Church USA) — This year, the Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) Archives launched an oral history project to collect interviews of young people within MC USA. The project’s inspiration came from the 100th anniversary of the Young People’s Conference Movement, which was held in June 1919 among Mennonite conscientious objectors […]

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MC USA Staff Transitions

Mennonite Church USA will be experiencing several staff transitions in the coming weeks and months. Jennifer Castro has accepted a new position at the Martinez Street Women’s Center in San Antonio as director of programs. She has served with MC USA as the coordinator of Women in Leadership (WIL) and communications associate since 2014. Her […]

A “People Garden”: Urban church planting in the 1980s

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA. He offers this snapshot into a church planting movement in Mennonite history as we Learn, Pray, Join for Peace Church Planting. On April 12, 1978, Mennonite Board of Missions (MBM) appointed Edward Taylor as associate secretary of Home Missions. Taylor was a […]

Just put it on the web!

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA. Since reopening in May, I’ve had many chances to greet visitors and give them a tour of the new MC USA Archives in Elkhart. After showing them the reading room and storage vault, conversation usually shifts to the documents themselves. I’ve gotten […]

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Archives make the move to Elkhart

By Walt Wiltschek ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA archivist Jason Kauffman can’t tell you exactly how many archival items are in the 6,500 boxes that have been carefully packed. “I’m sure it’s in the millions of documents,” he says. That’s about 4,500 linear feet worth of materials, for those of you […]

Biology for service: Archival traces of Mennonite environmentalist thought

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA In 1995, the Mennonite Environmental Task Force (METF) organized a “Creation Summit” in Camp Lake, Wisconsin, that brought together farmers, educators, mission workers, and students from across North America. While the goal of the conference was to develop an “Anabaptist theology of […]

New hymnals and the politics of Mennonite music

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA. “P.S. Change is not always a sign of growth but could also be a sign of shriveling, death, and decay.” This is how one chorister from Ohio ended his six-page letter to Mary Oyer in 1963. It crossed her desk at Goshen […]

New Archives director, relocation announced

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA)—Jason B. Kauffman of Durham, North Carolina, has been named full-time director of archives and records management for the denomination’s Executive Board (EB) staff, effective July 1, 2016. He will be responsible for planning and overseeing the relocation of the denomination’s archive collections from Goshen (Indiana) College to the Elkhart office […]

Collecting, sharing, and preserving stories of Mennonite Christian discipleship

Mennonite Church USA Archives The Archives, a ministry of Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board, are located in North Newton, Kan., in the Bethel College library, and in Goshen, Ind., in Newcomer Center at Goshen College. Each year, the Archives hosts several hundred researchers in person and answers about 1,000 reference questions for in-person and remote […]

For love, for friends, for questions: Elkhart’s Partly Dave Coffee House Ministry, 1966–1975

By Ted Maust “Only the righteous are served at the [traditional church] supper, but all manner of sinners find their way to the coffee house. This situation is distressing to those who have forgotten that they, too, are sinners, essentially no different from the coffee house customers.” “The theoretical goal of all coffee house programming […]