Strangers no more: Learning trip visits immigrant ministries in Tucson, Arizona

  By Gordon Houser This piece was originally published in The Mennonite. Find reflections from other participants in the Mennonite Church USA Migrant Learning Tour that took place Oct. 18-20 in Tucson, Arizona, at mennoniteusa.org/tag/migrant-learning-tour.   On the way from Phoenix to Tucson, Arizona, our car stopped on a small highway, far from any town. […]

Migrant learning tour shows America, church still grappling with original sins

  Wil LaVeist is the chief communication officer for Mennonite Church USA and the senior executive for advancement at Mennonite Mission Network.    A person’s name matters. A name can indicate whether you are family. For an immigrant, a name can determine acceptance. From where our migrant learning tour group had gathered at the shelter […]

MC USA leaders at CLC urged to be a denomination that is ‘full of love’

Mennonite Church USA Membership Guidelines process, review of the bylaws, and an immigration learning tour in Tucson were among the highlights GLENDALE, Arizona (Mennonite Church USA) — Working and remaining together through tough challenges was the driving theme at the October 17-18 meeting of the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC), a denomination advisory group of conference, […]

Mennonite Church USA leaders to visit and learn from Arizona immigration organizations

(Mennonite Church USA) — A group from the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) of Mennonite Church USA will spend two days learning about immigration initiatives and organizations in Tucson, Arizona, Oct. 19-20. The CLC is made up of conference and constituent group leaders who serve as denominational elders for MC USA. Following their regular meetings, a […]

For God’s peace to wash over the city

This post is part of a #BringthePeace series. #BringthePeace is a call to action for individuals and congregations to extend peace in their communities. It is also our prayer inviting God to bring the peace that expands our capacity for empathy, compassion and love that actively seeks to dismantle oppression and violence. To contribute your story, contact KaylaB@mennoniteusa.org.   […]

Mennonite Church USA follow-up to Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants

  By Kayla Berkey KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — “As a denomination we seek connections with immigrant communities in our contexts and support those in sanctuary and the thousands of families whose loved ones have been deported,” reads one of seven commitments in the Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants, passed […]

Mennonite Church USA condemns abuse of child migrants, affirms new leadership, reflects on transformation of the Holy Spirit

  KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — Early Saturday morning on July 6, the 495 delegates from Mennonite churches around the country gathered at the Kansas City Convention Center to discuss and vote on the Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants, which had been introduced to the Delegate Assembly a day earlier. […]

Several thousand Mennonites seek to gather as peacemakers in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Mission Network) – Roughly 3,000 Mennonites are gathering July 2-6 in Kansas City, Missouri as people seeking to be Anabaptist peacemakers in the 21st century. Glen Guyton, the first African American to become executive director of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA), will lead its 500 delegates at […]

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Religious Leaders Statement on Child Deaths in Detention

(Mennonite Church USA) – Joining an ecumenical and interfaith coalition effort, Glen Guyton, executive director of MC USA, recently signed on to the Religious Leaders Statement on Child Deaths in Detention. Convened by the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the joint statement addresses concerns over the well-being of children who cross […]

MennoCon19 starts early with new training opportunities

(Mennonite Church USA) — MC USA is offering a new opportunity this year to arrive at convention in Kansas City, Missouri, slightly early and choose from several valuable pre-convention training opportunities for individuals and leaders throughout the church. “We added these day-long trainings because this kind of learning takes time,” said Shana Peachey Boshart, denominational […]