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MC USA announces Membership Guidelines Advisory Group

By MC USA staff ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA) – The Executive Board (EB) has formed a new Membership Guidelines Advisory Group to recommend a process for continuing the church’s conversation on its Membership Guidelines. Iris de León-Hartshorn, associate executive director of Operations, and Michael Danner, associate executive director for Church Vitality, will co-lead the […]

Iglesia Menonita Hispana to launch a missional leadership academy

  KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — Iglesia Menonita Hispana (IMH), a Racial/Ethnic constituency group of MC USA, held their biennial assembly in Kansas City July 1-2, where they developed plans to launch Academia Liderazgo Misional (ALM), a new initiative for missional leadership in partnership with Eastern Mennonite University and Mennonite Mission Network. ALM […]

Youth could become full delegates at 2019 convention

By Kayla Berkey (Mennonite Church USA) — Lorren Oesch recalls a moment at the 2017 MC USA Delegate Assembly in Orlando, Florida, when her table group encouraged her to go onstage and share her perspective at the microphone. She particularly remembers encouragement from Cyneatha Millsaps, who sat at her table and currently serves as executive […]

MC USA leaders visit Capitol Hill to advocate for peace in Palestine and Israel

  By Jonathan Brenneman WASHINGTON, D.C (Mennonite Church USA / Mennonite Central Committee U.S.) – Six leaders from Mennonite Church (MC) USA advocated for peace and justice in Palestine and Israel at their Washington, D.C. congressional offices on May 22. The visit took place just days after Israeli soldiers killed more than 60 largely nonviolent […]

For the body tells me so

Chris Hoover Seidel is a spiritual director and Reiki practitioner and is on staff at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. She is a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary and attends Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she lives with her family. Her work, “Sophia at the Crossroads: Dismantling Patriarchy […]

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Future Church Summit takes off while looking back

ORLANDO, Florida (Mennonite Church USA) — The long-anticipated Future Church Summit kicked off Thursday evening at the Mennonite Church USA convention, inviting delegates and additional stakeholders to “imagine an Anabaptist future” for the church. Moderator Patty Shelly began the evening session by encouraging participants to “surrender outcomes of this process to God.” Referencing the Purposeful […]

Message to the Swarm: Five reasons to find us in Orlando

A joint message from the Mennonite colleges and universities Swarming excited youth clamoring to get into the exhibit hall on the first night of convention…it is one of our favorite times of the week. That moment captures much about convention: the energy and enthusiasm of our denomination’s young people, the eagerness to make connections, the […]

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Event equips ‘Healthy Boundaries’ trainers for the church

By Jenny Castro KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — Nearly 40 area conference ministers and representatives, pastors, denominational leaders, social workers, victim advocates and counselors from across Mennonite Church USA gathered May 10-11 in Kansas City for a “train the trainers” event organized by Mennonite Church USA staff members Iris de León Hartshorn, director […]

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Love is a Verb: Remembering MJ Sharp and the witness of ‘a kind soul’

Note: This article initially appeared in The Mennonite. By Gordon Houser HESSTON, Kansas (Mennonite Church USA) — Michael (MJ) Sharp, whose death in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was confirmed by the United Nations on March 28, was “a kind soul,” said his mother, Michelle, in an April 3 interview. John, his father, added […]

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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 […]