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Staff transitions for Mennonite Church USA

(Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA’s denominational staff announces current staff transitions, which include some shifts in the staffing structure. Iris de León-Hartshorn is transitioning into the new role of associate executive director for Operations. She has served the denomination in various roles since 1996, most recently as director of Transformative Peacemaking. In her […]

Restore Us, O God!

Elsie Rempel is the author of the Lent and Advent At-Home devotional booklets, sponsored by AnabaptistFaithFormation.org and Central Plains Mennonite Conference. Elsie is a passionate advocate for ministry with children and seniors in the life and ministry of the church. Her blog, Faith Bytes, and her book, Please Pass the Faith: The Spiritual Art of Grandparenting, […]

#WeAreMenno: “I didn’t know my name”

Women Doing Theology workshop inspires pastor to enter film festival fundraiser By Janie Beck Kreider (Mennonite Church USA)—When Margie Mejía-Caraballo of Moline, Ill., chose to attend a slam poetry workshop during Mennonite Church USA’s Women Doing Theology Conference in February 2014 in Leesburg, Va., she didn’t know the experience would lead her to produce her […]

David Boshart named as nominee for moderator-elect

NEWTON, Kan. (Mennonite Church USA)—The Leadership Discernment Committee of Mennonite Church USA announces David Boshart of Wellman, Iowa, as the nominee for moderator-elect of Mennonite Church USA for the 2015–2017 biennium. The denominational Delegate Assembly will vote on the nomination in July 2015 during the biennial convention in Kansas City, Mo. Boshart serves as executive […]

Seeking God’s will together

How do we discern the way of Jesus as we engage the culture we find ourselves in? This is a question that many Mennonite Church USA congregations might be asking themselves. And it’s also the question that a new study, developed by Central Plains Mennonite Conference, seeks to address. Seeking God’s Will Together is a resource […]

Inventory shows 85 new congregations in the last five years

Area conferences support birth of new faith communities across Mennonite Church USA [Español] By Ryan Miller ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network)—In recent years, examinations of Mennonite Church USA demographics have focused on declining membership. But a recent list offers a new perspective. A “snapshot” inventory compiled in March 2013 by Mennonite Church USA […]

Conferences seek to engage differences with creativity and care

[Español] By Hilary J. Scarsella ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)—In a time of heightened polarity around issues such as politics, immigration and human sexuality, area conferences across Mennonite Church USA have been making efforts to address controversy in creative ways that strengthen relationships. At the delegate assembly in Columbus, Ohio, in July 2009, delegates passed […]