Living in the mystery of disorientation

Terry Zehr is the conference minister of New York Mennonite Conference.   Several years ago, I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Walter Brueggemann speak at Eastern Mennonite University’s School for Leadership Training. As I recall, during one of his sessions, Dr. Brueggemann proposed reading scripture through the framework of ‘orientation-disorientation-reorientation.’ Though I can’t recall […]

So you’re searching for a pastor…during a pandemic?

Michael Danner is the associate executive director of Church Vitality for Mennonite Church USA.   The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our lives, including life in the church. One area that has been impacted is pastoral searches. I know of some congregations at the beginning of their pastoral search process. Other congregations were […]

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Mennonite Church USA helps prepare churches for reopening

By MC USA staff Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) is supporting church leaders and congregations with spiritual and practical guidance and resources as they contemplate reopening churches amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. “Deciding if, when and how to reopen is a big decision with serious consequences,” said Glen Guyton, executive director of MC USA, in a […]

Bearing the responsibility of reopening

By Glen Guyton, executive director, Mennonite Church USA. With nearly all states in some phase of reopening, pastors and church leaders are discerning if, when and how to return to public worship. Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) encourages local congregations to consult with their MC USA area conference leaders. Our conferences provide a network of resources and support, and our conference leaders are equipped […]

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The most precious of all

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. She is a board member of Friends of L’Arche North Carolina, and serves on the steering committee for MC USA’s Women in Leadership. She is the author of the book Fire By Night. COVID-19 crept into our lives in the season of Lent. The virus arrived uninvited into our […]

Copyrights during COVID-19

This article is part of our series on Voices Together, a new worship and song collection coming fall 2020 from MennoMedia, in partnership with Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada.   By Katie Graber and Bradley Kauffman Copyrights background Copyright laws and procedures protect intellectual property and pay people who make a living or […]

So you want to go back to church (as usual?)!

Doug Luginbill is the conference minister of Central District Conference of Mennonite Church USA.   Our Central District Conference theme for this year is “Spirit, bless our souls with yearning” and is based on a line taken from a call to worship in Sing the Journey #124. For many of us, our yearnings have likely […]

New video series on Technology Best Practices for Virtual Meetings and Work Tools

  (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) releases a new video series, Technology Best Practices for Service, that offers best practices for holding virtual meetings and worship services, as well as effective technology tools for working from home. Created by Crystal Washington, a technology strategist and certified futurist, this series is broken […]

A time to love and honor our loved ones

Iris de León-Hartshorn is associate executive director for Operations for Mennonite Church USA.   Early in my ministry, I worked for seven years as a hospital chaplain, four and a half of these as a hospice chaplain. I met with countless families and was involved in many conversations about end of life decisions. I sat […]

An epidemic that complicated Mennonite Church plans a century ago

As the global Covid-19 pandemic upends schedules and assumption in often unprecedented ways, we remember disruption caused by a local epidemic in 1917.   Steve Nolt is a professor of history and Anabaptist Studies at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown (Pennsylvania) College. He is a member of Akron (Pennsylvania) Mennonite […]