BringthePeace

Mennonite Church USA Executive Board staff speaks out on Asian American racism and COVID-19

(Mennonite Church USA, ELKHART, Ind.) — The Executive Board staff of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA), the largest Mennonite denomination in the United States, recently released a statement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that denounces anti-Asian racism and provides tips and resources for helping people recognize and counter racism in their communities. According to […]

Zion’s The Bean Bag Food Program recognizes the need next door

“Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Luke 10:2b By Cami Dager (Mennonite Church USA) – In January 2016, Zion Mennonite Church (Zion), a Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) congregation in Souderton, Pennsylvania, started providing 20 students at a local elementary school with backpacks of food for […]

Worship Planning Committee begins preparing for MennoCon21

By Caleb Allen, MC USA CINCINNATTI, Ohio (Mennonite Church USA) — A diverse group of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) pastors, leaders and youth came together in Cincinnati on Jan. 16-18 as the Worship Planning Committee for the upcoming 2021 MC USA Convention. The convention, MennoCon21, will take place at the Duke Energy Convention Center […]

A song of justice and revolutionary love

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. She earned an M.A. in Religion from Duke University and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Melissa is committed to the local church building power for local, systemic change as members of diverse coalitions. She is a board member of Friends of L’Arche North Carolina, a community for […]

Mennonite Church USA ‘Hope’ gathering stresses peace with justice

en español By MC USA and Mennonite Mission Network staff DALLAS (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — At this year’s Hope for the Future (HFF) gathering, attendees celebrated the legacy of Stanley W. Green, one of the event’s original organizers, and discussed ways to press forward for peace and justice throughout the church. The Jan. […]

Giving hope, peace and reconciliation at Los Angeles Faith Chapel

This post is part of our #BringThePeace series. #BringThePeace is a call to action for individuals and congregations to extend peace in their communities. It is also our prayer inviting God to bring the peace that expands our capacity for empathy, compassion and love that actively seeks to dismantle oppression and violence. Learn more at mennoniteusa.org/bringthepeace.   Anthonia Onye is […]

Creating mandalas as spiritual practice

Jane Thorley Roeschley recently retired from 19+ years in pastoral ministry at Mennonite Church of Normal where she gave leadership to worship and lay ministries. She is now re-focusing her ministry to what she informally calls Threshold Ministries — spiritual direction, retreats and pilgrimage. Jane resides with her husband on their farm in central Illinois […]

What is the answer to those concerned about war?

Glen Guyton is the executive director of Mennonite Church USA.   My 18-year-old son texted me and asked if I had been watching the latest Twitter trend. I told him no, that I would check it out, and then I saw #WWIII was trending. Wow! After a bit of scrolling, I saw that the Twitterverse was […]

Lament for the new year

By Mennonite Church USA staff   Creator God, in your mercy, you have made all things new and given us the power to live into the new creation that is in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). Yet, instead of trusting and seeking the renewal of our minds in Jesus who is our peace, we have […]

Register Now for Hope for the Future 2020, a Mennonite Church USA people of color event

By Mennonite Church USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) – Registration is open through January 15, 2020, for Mennonite Church USA’s (MC USA) Hope for the Future conference, an Anabaptist networking and equipping event for people of color. It will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Arlington DFW South in Arlington, Texas, from January […]