Trust God — Love each other

Jane Hoober Peifer resides in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with her husband Daryl. Following 24 years in pastoral ministry, Jane received Spiritual Direction training from KAIROS: School for Spiritual Formation (Lancaster, Pennsylvania). She currently companions folks in Lancaster and in Harrisonburg. She also serves as a leader for two cohorts of new pastors in Mennonite Church USA […]

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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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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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Executive Board issues updated guidelines for proposing resolutions

(Mennonite Church USA) — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has developed updated guidelines for proposed resolutions that serve as “Church Statements.” These statements, which “receive broad support across the church and give direction for Christian faithfulness” often speak to a current issue and provide a vehicle for witness, study, discussion and awareness. Changes to […]

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Israel-Palestine Resolution revision available for review

(Mennonite Church USA) – A resolution on Israel-Palestine was brought to delegates at the Mennonite Church USA assembly in Kansas City in 2015. Delegates tabled that resolution asking that it be revised. After six months of intense work, a draft of the revised resolution, titled “Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine,” is being shared with […]

Racial Ethnic Council input, new Assembly process top Executive Board agenda

By Janie Beck Kreider NORTH NEWTON, Kansas (Mennonite Church USA) – The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) met at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Central States office Nov. 10-12 to plan for the 2017 Delegate Assembly in Orlando and to assess the role of the board in the face of a changing church. The […]

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‘Turtle Island’ opens discussion on race, power in the church

By Janie Beck Kreider NORTH NEWTON, Kansas (Mennonite Church USA) — When the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) and the Racial Ethnic Council (REC) held a joint meeting Nov. 10, the day started with participation in Mennonite Central Committee’s “The Loss of Turtle Island.” The interactive exercise addresses the history of violence and oppression […]

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Mennonite Offices in Elkhart now debt-free

HESSTON, Kansas (Mennonite Mission Network/Mennonite Church USA) – At the recent Constituency Leaders Council meetings, Mennonite Church USA executive director Ervin Stutzman announced that over the past three years a group of generous donors has made gifts toward the loan balance of the new Elkhart, Indiana, offices. The bank loan taken out at the time […]

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CLC ponders issues on path to future: peer review, new Assembly process, diversity and more

HESSTON, Kansas (Mennonite Church USA) — The Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) met at Hesston Mennonite Church Oct. 17-19 for its third meeting of the biennium to listen, discern and advise the denomination on issues facing the church and its future. The CLC is a body of elders for Mennonite Church USA consisting of an Executive […]

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Sutter nominated as Mennonite Church USA moderator-elect

By Walt Wiltschek HESSTON, Kansas (Mennonite Church USA) — Joy Sutter, a hospital administrator and current member of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board, has been called as the nominee for moderator-elect of the church beginning in 2017. Her nomination was approved by the Executive Board and affirmed at the Constituency Leaders Council meeting held […]