Cultivating relationships with the ELCA

John D. Roth served as a representative of Mennonite Church USA on a series of ecumenical dialogues with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (2001-2004) focused on the “condemnations” of the Anabaptists in the Augsburg Confession of 1530. He also served as a representative of Mennonite World Conference on the Lutheran-Mennonite International Study Commission (2005-2008) […]

Lutherans and Mennonites celebrate a covenant of peace

Reconciliation recounted at regional ELCA gathering SOUTH BEND, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Events in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2010 brought Lutherans and Mennonites to tears and embraces in northern Indiana this month. During the June 9–11 annual assembly of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in South Bend, Indiana, more […]

Commemorating the Reformation

Andre Gingerich Stoner is the director of Holistic Witness for Mennonite Church USA. In early December, I had a chance to spend several days at an annual “ecumenical officers’ retreat” with counterparts from about a dozen denominations. The Evangelical Church in America (ELCA), United Methodists, a Black Baptist denomination, Catholics, Moravian Brethren and others participated. […]

In support of our Muslim neighbors

(Mennonite Church USA) — A Dec. 14 article in The Mennonite, “Mennonites connect with Muslims in wake of attacks,” highlighted examples of Mennonite congregations building relationships with local Muslim communities. “At a time when fears are being exploited for political gain,” says Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, “I commend efforts by Mennonites […]

Events mark reconciliation among Lutherans and Mennonites

By Mary E. Klassen ELKHART, Ind. (Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary and Mennonite Church USA)—A river birch tree with three trunks but one root system, standing in front of the Mennonite offices in Elkhart, Ind., became a mark of reconciliation among Lutherans and Mennonites at a dedication service on April 10. At the service, André Gingerich […]