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CLC meeting tests the Future Church Summit model

Note: This article first appeared in The Mennonite. By Hannah Heinzekehr ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) Eschewing their usual agenda, members of the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) spent their last meeting of the biennium testing a large-group visioning process that will be used at the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando this July. Around 70 […]

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Love is a Verb: A simple message of welcome, now more than ever

By Walt Wiltschek HARRISONBURG, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA) – Who would have thought that 11 words on a small, cardboard sign could have such a monumental impact? Yet like the biblical mustard seed, quite a bit of good had sprung from this one small idea that began a year and a half ago at a […]

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The Future Church Summit: Forging a path from Orlando to new possibilities

By Janie Beck Kreider   “I feel we have lost our vision, and it needs to be reignited. I came to this church to be part of a different narrative – a counter-cultural, anti-Christendom movement that follows a radical Jesus. The first Anabaptists chose to be radical – not assimilated to culture or the spirit […]

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New US executive order causes issues for higher education

By Walt Wiltschek HARRISONBURG, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA / Mennonite Education Agency) — The recent executive order temporarily banning entry from seven Muslim-majority countries has been having widespread effects, including for institutions of higher education. Several Mennonite colleges and universities have already reported impacts from the federal action, though the long-term results of the ban […]

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Israel-Palestine Resolution revision available for review

  UPDATE: The Review process for the Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine resolution has been completed. This final version of the resolution, which will be considered by the Delegate Assembly in Orlando this summer, can be found here.   (Mennonite Church USA) – A resolution on Israel-Palestine was brought to delegates at the Mennonite Church USA assembly in […]

Curriculum equips congregations for compassionate response to veterans

By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — A six-week Sunday school curriculum — Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: Seeking Peace Together — can help small groups and congregations who want to explore how the church can play a part in the healing journeys of returning veterans. The materials draw on biblical […]

Spread the Peace: Peacebuilding, a local neighborhood priority

This is the fourth post in a series highlighting churches across Mennonite Church USA who were awarded the Peace and Justice Support Network’s Spread the Peace grant for 2015. The PJSN is a partnership of Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church USA. Each of these congregations is working in different ways to spread peace in […]

STAR Training to be offered prior to Phoenix 2013 convention

ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)—In the days leading up to Mennonite Church USA’s next biennial convention, to be held July 1–6, 2013, in Phoenix, Ariz., the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute (MPLI) will offer Level I of the STAR (Strategies for Trauma, Awareness and Resilience) Training near the convention site to make this continued education opportunity […]