Women Doing Theology 2018 call for papers

(Mennonite Church USA) — The planning committee for the third Women Doing Theology conference organized by Mennonite Church USA’s (MC USA) office of Women in Leadership (WIL) announces a call for papers and workshops. “We’re looking for both hour-long, hands-on workshops and 20-minute paper presentations,” said Jenny Castro, coordinator of WIL. “In past years, this […]

Women Doing Theology: A Space to discover what is possible

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. She earned a Master of Arts in Religion from Duke University and an Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Melissa is on the steering committee for MC USA’s office of Women in Leadership and the planning committee for the 2018 Women Doing Theology conference.  This week I’ve been […]

Un llamado a soñar y a actuar en Esperanza para el Futuro 2018

en inglés / English Por Jenny Castro Traducción: Alex Naula, Cristina Rose Horst (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU./Red Menonita de Misión/Agencia Menonita de Educación) — Cerca de 70 pastores, líderes, directores, coordinadores, educadores, forjadores de cambio y otras personas vinculadas a la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. (MC USA, por sus siglas en inglés) se […]

A call to dream and action at Hope for the Future 2018

en español By Jenny Castro (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network/Mennonite Education Agency) — Nearly 70 pastors, leaders, directors, coordinators, educators, change-makers and others with connections to Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) met together Feb. 8-11 at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, for the seventh annual Hope for the Future (HFF). HFF […]

“The People are Marching!” at the seventh annual Hope for the Future

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network/Mennonite Education Agency) – The annual Hope for the Future (HFF) gathering will take place Feb. 8-11 in San Antonio, Texas, with the theme “The people are marching! Where are the saints?” HFF gatherings bring together leaders of color from across the church, sometimes with white allies, to explore […]

MennoTalks: In whose image?

At the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando in July, planners tried something new. Something they called MennoTalks. Not quite TED and not exactly Pecha Kucha, MennoTalks explored a different topic each day, featuring speakers from diverse perspectives. Topics included Celebrating Women (Wednesday); Race, Religion and Justice (Thursday); and Local and Global Peacemaking (Friday). Over […]

Dreams for the Future Church: Reflections from the FCS Design Team

As Christians, we are people who let Christ’s grace soften our grip on our lives in order to open ourselves to God’s life working in us. Releasing our desire for control enables us to welcome God’s future — that the Spirit of God would produce life in and through us, and that the life of […]

New voices speak into the work of the WLP

The Women in Leadership Project (WLP) is an initiative to empower women, in the fullness of who God created them to be, to live out their call in their local congregations and conferences across Mennonite Church USA and to actively contribute to our shared theology. The WLP works to dismantle patriarchy, in all its forms, […]

The Future Church Summit: Rediscovering why we choose to be Anabaptist

The Future Church Summit (FCS) will take place July 6-8, at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando. It will be a generative, open space for denomination-wide conversation — to dream together, reset priorities and engage one another in answering the question: How will we follow Jesus as Anabaptists in the 21st century? Leading up […]

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Esperanza para el futuro: juntos para un momento como este

en inglés / English por Jenny Castro HAMPTON, Virginia (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — A medida que los participantes llegaban el 2 de febrero a la Iglesia Comunitaria de Calvary (C3), algo quedaba claro: Esperanza para el futuro (HFF, por sus siglas en inglés) ha logrado generar espacios particularmente seguros para personas de color que […]