Retirement: Meaningful vocation or perpetual vacation?

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education for Everence. It’s been suggested that retirement is now divided into three stages: the Go-Go Stage, the Slow-Go Stage and the No-Go Stage. My parents worked hard and in their middle 60s, sold the farm and entered the Go-Go Stage. This stage included their annual migration between Sarasota, […]

Hope for the Future: Derecho que no se defiende es derecho que se pierde

This is the fourth post in a blog series from participants in Hope for the Future (HFF), an annual gathering of people of color serving in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. HFF gatherings began in 2012 and initially served to create space for mutual support among people of color in Mennonite Church USA institutions […]

The power of encouragement

Ingrid Friesen Moser, MA, RD has degrees in both Christian Formation (AMBS) and Nutrition (Goshen College) and worked in the fields of dietetics and wellness for over 20 years. She is the author of Body Talk: Speaking the Words of Health (Living Stewardship Series, Herald Press 2007) and has been the wellness consultant for The […]

Rick Stiffney at VBLP

Values-based Leadership: Transforming leaders through an Anabaptist perspective

By Mim Shirk GOSHEN, Indiana (MHS) — The first session of this year’s Values-based Leadership Program (VBLP) was held at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, Oct. 18-20. Leaders from diverse settings gathered for the first of two sessions, titled Leading from the Inside. The session used the DiSC profile and the Leadership […]

Money, marriage and the world of millennials

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education for Everence. If you are interested in resources that can be used to assist in conversations about finances and financial planning, be in touch with Beryl. There are a number of good resources currently available for pastors to use when working with couples getting ready for marriage. One […]

I’ve got the power! Women and money

Teresa Boshart Yoder is an Everence Charitable Services and Church Relations Representative, working to help congregations, organizations and individuals with stewardship education and charitable planning needs. She lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with her husband Lonnie. The wage gap is real. And it’s a real problem for women. In 2014, women working full time in the […]

Financial education for seminarians makes a difference

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education for Everence. Everence currently partners with four seminaries (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Ashland Theological Seminary, Bethany Theological Seminary and Eastern Mennonite Seminary) assisting students with personal money management life skills. The first three seminaries listed above also participate, along with 64 other seminaries across the country, in a […]

Women Doing Theology conference speakers announced

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Registration is open for I’ve got the power! Naming and reclaiming power as a force for good, the second Women Doing Theology conference of Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership Project (WLP). The event will be held Nov. 4–6 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Planners hope […]

New MVS position created to carry out Partners in Peacemaking resolution in local settings

By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — On Aug. 16, Jonathan Brenneman of St. Marys, Ohio, is beginning a one-year assignment with Mennonite Voluntary Service (MVS) in Elkhart, Indiana, as Partners in Peacemaking coordinator for Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) staff. EB staff members worked with Mennonite Mission Network […]

Be sure to put your own (financial) oxygen mask on first

Darryl Dahlheimer is program director of Lutheran Social Services (LLS) of Minnesota, a partner of Everence, who provides free phone-based financial counseling for Mennonite Church USA members. All of us who have flown have heard the flight attendants’ spiel about safety. The part that always catches my attention is the reminder that if you are […]