Love is a Verb

Mennonite Church USA convention comes to Orlando July 4-8

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) – The Mennonite Church USA biennial convention comes to Florida this summer, taking place July 4-8 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center with the theme “Love is a Verb.” More than 3,000 delegates, staff, youth and others from across the country are expected to attend. The convention is one of the high […]

Mennonite Church USA Statement of Confession and Commitment

Nancy Kauffmann is denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. Jason Kauffman is director of the Archives. This post is based on a statement they presented together on behalf of Mennonite Church USA on April 22, for Indiana Indian Day in Rochester, Indiana. To understand more about this one-time event and Mennonites’ connection to it, read […]

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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 […]

Mennonite delegation shows solidarity at Standing Rock encampment

Katerina Friesen is a recent graduate of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana. She is a writer and community builder, and currently serves as the interim pastor of Belmont Neighborhood Fellowship in Elkhart. Here she is pictured standing near the site at the Standing Rock encampment where direct action has been taking place. This post […]

La Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. colabora con la Coalición de la Doctrina del Descubrimiento

[English] Por Jenny Castro (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — Una coalición de personas de toda la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. trabaja sistemáticamente para deshacer la Doctrina del Descubrimiento (DoD, por sus siglas en inglés), una estructura filosófica del siglo XV que otorga a “gobiernos cristianos” la autoridad moral y legal para dominar a […]

Mennonite Church USA contributing to the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition

[Español] By Jenny Castro (Mennonite Church USA)—A coalition of people from across Mennonite Church USA is working systematically to dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery (DoD), a 15th-century philosophical framework that gives “Christian governments” moral and legal authority to dominate Indigenous peoples and to invade and take over Indigenous lands. According to Iris de León-Hartshorn, director […]

Beyond non-violence toward active peacemaking

Jason Boone is coordinating minister for the Peace and Justice Support Network, a joint position with Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite USA. A few times a year I’ll get calls from people not in the Mennonite church. They call to have a conversation (i.e. try to argue) about peace. Really, they want to have a […]

Discovering the root of my fear

Erica Littlewolf is from the Northern Cheyenne tribe of southeastern Montana and currently lives in Kansas. She works for Mennonite Central Committee Central States with the Indigenous Visioning Circle where she is committed to the work of decolonization, authentic relationship and healing. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and American Indian Studies and […]

Doctrine of Discovery series: In spite of all this …

Sarah Augustine is the co-director of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund, a private international charity, and Professor of Sociology at Heritage University where she is also the Director of Student Spirituality. This is her last post in a special blog series on the Doctrine of Discovery. Over the past several months, I have written a series of essays […]

Doctrine of Discovery series: Agents of change

Sarah Augustine is the co-director of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund, a private international charity, and Professor of Sociology at Heritage University where she is also the Director of Student Spirituality. Over the last several months she’s been writing a special blog series on the Doctrine of Discovery. Last March I presented a hearing before the Inter-American Commission for […]