Mennonite Church USA-Church of God dialogue

Ecumenical dialogue explores Mennonite Church USA-Church of God connections

CLEVELAND, Tennessee (Mennonite Church USA) — Members of Mennonite Church USA and the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) recently began a multi-year dialogue, with the first meeting taking place Oct. 16-18 at Lee University. Through the presentation and discussion of papers during these annual meetings, participants in the dialogue will pursue mutual understanding of each […]

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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 […]

Inside the Church of God (Tennessee) – Mennonite Church USA dialogue

Gayle Gerber Koontz is professor emerita of Theology and Ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) where she taught for more than 30 years. She was part of the Mennonite Church USA-Evangelical Lutheran Church of America conversations from 2002-2004 and has been the Mennonite Church USA representation to U.S. Faith and Order interchurch theological work […]

Delegates unanimously pass final two resolutions

By Meg Short KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Mennonite Church USA) — Delegates unanimously approved two new resolutions during the final delegate session on July 4. The resolutions were brought forward on site and scheduled to be heard the last day during the time allotted for unfinished business. A Statement of Support for Israeli and Palestinian Partners in Peacemaking, […]

Delegates unanimously approve two new resolutions, listen to diverse viewpoints

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Mennonite Church USA) — Delegates approved two new resolutions proposed on site during their final delegate session on Saturday afternoon, July 4: A statement of support for Israeli and Palestinian partners in peacemaking, proposed by the Mennonite Palestine-Israel Network (MennoPIN), and a Resolution of Expressions of Lament and Hope from the African-American Mennonite Association […]

Churchwide sexual abuse statement receives wide delegate approval

By Meg Short KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Mennonite Church USA) — In a nearly unanimous result, delegates voted overwhelmingly to approve the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse during Friday morning’s delegate session. Three delegates voted in opposition and four abstained from voting. After the assembly joined in song at the beginning of Friday’s session, Moderator Elizabeth […]

Resolution on the Status of Membership Guidelines passes

By Meg Short KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI. (Mennonite Church USA) — Over 1,000 attended the afternoon delegate session on July 2. Introducing the membership guideline resolution for delegates to discuss were two Mennonite Church USA board members, David Sutter and Yvonne Diaz. They reported that the resolution was both written and approved by the Executive Board […]

Delegates pass forbearance resolution

By Meg Short KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI. (Mennonite Church USA) — Delegates reconvened on Thursday, July 2, to discuss the Resolution on Forbearance in the Midst of Differences and the Resolution on the Status of Membership Guidelines. Moderator-Elect Patricia Shelly announced the results of Wednesday’s vote on whether or not to continue discussion on the Israel-Palestine […]

Delegates commit to peaceful deliberations

  By Caitlin Nearhood KANSAS CITY, Missouri. (Mennonite Church USA) — Tuesday’s opening session of the Delegate Assembly focused on coming to agreements peacefully as delegates anticipate making decisions on several controversial resolutions, including questions of inclusion of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) people in the church and a response to conflicts in Israel-Palestine. Elizabeth […]