Ervin Stutzman

Setting the Table for Civility

Ervin Stutzman is executive director of Mennonite Church USA. Over the next days and weeks, many of us will celebrate the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Perhaps we’ll sit at the table with friends or loved ones, or gather for meals with work associates or fellow church members. While we might wish the holidays would be […]

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Survey results show priorities for next MC USA executive director

(Mennonite Church USA) – The Executive Director Search Committee reports that nearly 800 people across Mennonite Church USA participated in the online survey it released in late September. Participants were asked to prioritize essential qualities and priorities for the next executive director of MC USA and to nominate potential candidates. The survey is now closed. […]

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Mennonite Church USA Executive Director signs letter to oppose “Israel Anti-Boycott Act”

(Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA Executive Director Ervin Stutzman joins leaders representing seventeen churches and church-based organizations in signing a letter urging Congress to oppose the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act.” The letter was sent to all members of Congress on November 6, 2017. “This legislation would put legal obstacles in the way of nonviolent […]

We support Esther Koontz

Jonathan Brenneman is Partners in Peacemaking coordinator for Mennonite Church USA “We support Esther Koontz, a member of a Mennonite Church USA congregation, as she lives out her peace witness inspired by the church’s tradition and teaching. We support her courageous witness for peace and justice for Palestinians and Israelis and oppose the state restricting […]

MC USA Leaders’ Council holds first meeting of the biennium

This report initially appeared in The Mennonite. By Hannah Heinzekehr The Journey continues. Three weeks after Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) approved plans to implement the Journey Forward, a two-year process building on the outcomes generated by the Future Church Summit process at the Orlando convention in July, the Constituency Leaders’ Council (CLC) of MC USA spent considerable time processing the […]

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Executive Board affirms MC USA’s Journey Forward; Addresses white privilege; Reaffirms Doug Basinger to LDC

(Mennonite Church USA) — At its first meeting of the 2017-2019 biennium on Sept. 28-30 in Kansas City, Missouri, the Executive Board (EB) of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) unanimously affirmed a new proposal outlining the next steps in a new, two-year visioning process called Journey Forward: Embracing God’s Hope for MC USA. Journey Forward […]

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A call to prayer and action in response to the violence in Charlottesville

In the wake of the horrific violence that resulted from a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, our hearts break for the families of those who lost their lives at the event, namely Heather Heyer, who was killed when James Alex Fields allegedly drove a car through a crowd of counter-protesters, and […]

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Delegates accept Future Church Summit results as ‘guide for discernment’

Mennonite Church USA staff ORLANDO, Florida (Mennonite Church USA) — The delegate assembly re-convened Saturday morning at the Mennonite Church USA 2017 convention in Orlando, overwhelmingly voting to accept the final report and outcomes of the Future Church Summit (FCS) as a guide for discerning the church’s ongoing work and ministry. Executive Board (EB) member […]

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International and ecumenical guests bring fresh perspectives to convention

ORLANDO, Florida (Mennonite Church USA) — An array of international and ecumenical guests spanning four continents is enlivening this week’s Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando. Moderator Patty Shelly and Mennonite Church USA executive director Ervin Stutzman officially welcomed the special guests at the start of Thursday’s delegate assembly session. Stutzman noted that the number […]

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Executive Board meets in Orlando with eye toward Future Church Summit

ORLANDO, Florida (Mennonite Church USA) — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board met Tuesday afternoon for what moderator Patty Shelly called “a little coda of our time together” over the past biennium. The board said farewell to four members and addressed a few items of business prior to the Mennonite Church USA convention, which is […]