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 […]

Hope for the Future: Together for a time such as this

en español By Jenny Castro HAMPTON, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA) — As participants arrived at Calvary Community Church (C3) on Feb. 2, it was clear that Hope for the Future (HFF) has created a uniquely safe space for people of color in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. Bear hugs, deep sighs and prayers of […]

Reflections on the Anabaptist Women Doing Theology conference

Laura L. Brenneman is a hospital chaplain and visiting religion professor at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work is at the intersection of biblical studies and peace studies, combining theory and practice. She is the New Testament editor of the Studies in Peace and Scripture […]

Power that leads to courage

Ana Alicia Hinojosa is from Brownsville, Texas and recently began working for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Central States as Immigration Education Coordinator, where she is committed to the work of educating immigrants of their rights and bridging congregations to the work of MCC. She is a single, adoptive mother of three teenagers, who have inspired […]

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Mennonite women claim power and celebrate diversity at second Women Doing Theology conference

By Janie Beck Kreider LEESBURG, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA) – For Chantelle Todman Moore, Mennonite Church USA’s second Women Doing Theology (WDT) conference was a rare experience in a denominational setting where she “didn’t feel tokenized” as an African-American woman. “But even in this space of progress where things are moving, I know it gets […]

Women Doing Theology conference speakers announced

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Registration is open for I’ve got the power! Naming and reclaiming power as a force for good, the second Women Doing Theology conference of Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership Project (WLP). The event will be held Nov. 4–6 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Planners hope […]