An epidemic that complicated Mennonite Church plans a century ago

As the global Covid-19 pandemic upends schedules and assumption in often unprecedented ways, we remember disruption caused by a local epidemic in 1917.   Steve Nolt is a professor of history and Anabaptist Studies at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown (Pennsylvania) College. He is a member of Akron (Pennsylvania) Mennonite […]

MennoCon19: Gathered and Sent

Heidi Regier Kreider has served as conference minister for Western District Conference since 2015 and enjoys the opportunity this gives her to travel from her home in North Newton, Kansas, to visit WDC congregations in other parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma. She previously served as pastor at Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Gainesville, Florida, and […]

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An interview with Louise Fisher

This week we’ll be sharing excerpts of interviews with two Native American Mennonite women: Louise Fisher and Priscilla Wero. They are drawn from longer oral history interviews conducted in 2002 as part of the Mennonite Women of Color Oral History Project. The project was designed and implemented by Patricia Lehman, professor of communication at Goshen […]

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Reflections on unity for MC USA

Ervin Stutzman will end his term as executive director of Mennonite Church USA on April 30. Sometimes I ask myself, was it “worth it” for me to give such a large chunk of my life to the vision of church unity embodied in the group we call MC USA? In 1995, I was dubious about […]

Love is a Verb: Our story: “When we take risks, we do it together”

Sarasota couple’s decision to follow Christ leads them to a life of service to the church By Jenny Castro In 1970, after a mutual friend introduced Marco and Sandra Güete to each other in Cartagena, Colombia, they knew pretty quickly that they wanted to be married. Sandra, 19 at the time, was living with her […]

Executive Board approves Church Extension Services transfer to Everence

ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)—At the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board’s April 4–6, 2013, meeting in Kansas City, Mo., board members approved the March 2013 action of the Church Extension Services (CES) board of Mennonite Church USA to transfer the responsibility for administering the CES church loan program to Everence, the denomination’s stewardship agency. CES […]

Everence purchases Church Extension Services program

Mission to be strengthened and expanded in new way GOSHEN, Ind. (Everence / Mennonite Church USA)—At their March 14, 2013, meeting, the Church Extension Services board of directors approved the sale of all Church Extension Services assets to Everence Association. The sale comes as part of an overarching plan to fully integrate Church Extension Services […]

Volunteers extend reach of Mennonite Church USA archives

By Rich Preheim GOSHEN, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)—Retiree Stan Voth of Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, Kan., used to work in an historical library and archives. Goshen (Ind.) College senior Tillie Yoder is considering doing so. Both are volunteers at the Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee’s archives—Voth in North Newton and Yoder in Goshen. […]

Everence oversees Church Extension Services program

Everence Everence oversees Church Extension Services program First steps taken to strengthen and expand lending to emerging congregations GOSHEN, Ind.—Everence is now providing support and supervision for Mennonite Church USA’s 53-year-old facilities loan program for urban, Racial/Ethnic and new immigrant congregations. Established by the General Conference Mennonite Church in 1958, Church Extension Services provides much-needed […]