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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 […]

Watching for God at work

Nancy Kauffmann is denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. After every convention, our youth group at College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana gives a report to the congregation. Each member of the youth group responds to three questions, one of which is, “Where did you see or experience God at work while at convention?” I […]

Dreams for the Future Church: Reflections from the FCS Design Team

As Christians, we are people who let Christ’s grace soften our grip on our lives in order to open ourselves to God’s life working in us. Releasing our desire for control enables us to welcome God’s future — that the Spirit of God would produce life in and through us, and that the life of […]

One Screen, Two Movies

Jason Boone is coordinating minister of the Peace and Justice Support Network. There’s an idea kicking around called “One screen, two movies.” It’s an attempt to describe the state of our country. The basic thrust is that our country is watching the same events unfold (one screen), but at the same time understanding those events […]

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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 […]

Mennonites share audacious dreams on second day of Future Church Summit

ORLANDO, Florida (Mennonite Church USA) — Filled with conversation, music, laughter, “audacious visions” and Mennonite “quirks,” the second day of the Future Church Summit at the Mennonite Church USA convention shifted the focus from past to future and from internal to external. The day started by re-visiting the discussion of church history and experience from […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Kratz resigns from Executive Director Search Committee

(Mennonite Church USA) — The newly established search committee for the next executive director of Mennonite Church USA held its first meeting on June 12 over video conference. The committee discussed the importance of establishing a good process for the transition. They resolved to seek input from the broader church, and agreed that calling the church […]

How will I respond to fear?

Nancy Kauffmann is denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. In expressing concerns to me about the future of Mennonite Church USA, someone recently said, “I fear the direction the Mennonite Church is headed in. I fear we are losing all that we hold dear. Is the church going to survive all this?” For the rest […]