Learn, Pray, Join: Perspectives from on the ground

John Garland is the part-time pastor of San Antonio (Texas) Mennonite Church, in the heart of the city. His wife is a high school principal just over the river and his two daughters go to the neighborhood elementary school. He raises vegetables for the local market. Before San Antonio, John and the family lived on […]

Learn, Pray, Join for immigration justice

(Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA encourages people and congregations to “Learn, Pray, Join” together for immigration justice in August and September. “The Bible is a story of God on the move,” said Sue Park-Hur, MC USA denominational minister for Leadership Development. “The God who gathers and scatters people continues to move amongst us […]

San Antonio Mennonites work with RAICES to meet community needs

  By Kayla Berkey SAN ANTONIO (Mennonite Church USA) — When Katrina Kniss began her placement as a legal assistant at RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) through Mennonite Voluntary Service (MVS) in August 2017, one of her roles included assisting people with DACA (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals). The announcement […]

Time to wake up

Sue Park-Hur is denominational minister for Leadership Development for Mennonite Church USA. Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. (Romans 13:11) Last Thursday, I drove my 16-year-old daughter and three of her close friends to a park in Los Angeles. As expected, […]

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Faith leaders’ response to family separation

(Mennonite Church USA) — Earlier this month, MC USA’s Executive Director Glen Guyton signed on to an ecumenical, interfaith statement condemning government separation of immigrant families. Read the statement in its entirety below: “Recently, the U.S. Administration announced that it will begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous […]

Faith leaders’ response to family separation

by MC USA staff Separating families is wrong. Selectively using Scripture to justify tearing families apart is dangerous and immoral. In such a time as this, Christians need to discern and be diligent to test what is being said and how Scripture is used or misused to advance political agendas. We as Christ followers need […]

Anabaptist faith leaders advocate for better immigration policies

en español   By Cherelle Dessus WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mennonite Central Committee U.S. / Mennonite Church USA) – Seventeen faith leaders from Brethren in Christ, Mennonite Brethren and Mennonite Church (MC) USA congregations advocated for better immigration policy at 30 congressional offices representing eight states, in late February. The faith leaders told legislative aides about problems […]

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Faith leader delegation convenes in Washington D.C to address immigration

WASHINGTON D.C. (Mennonite Church USA) — A delegation of 17 faith leaders plan to gather in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 26-28 to address concerns with immigration and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). “There has never been a more important time to bring faith leaders to Washington, D.C. to speak about the effects of […]

MC USA Leaders’ Council holds first meeting of the biennium

This report initially appeared in The Mennonite. By Hannah Heinzekehr The Journey continues. Three weeks after Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) approved plans to implement the Journey Forward, a two-year process building on the outcomes generated by the Future Church Summit process at the Orlando convention in July, the Constituency Leaders’ Council (CLC) of MC USA spent considerable time processing the […]

Immigrant teens unjustly targeted for gang affiliation

Tammy Alexander is senior legislative associate for Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington office. This piece originally appeared on MCC’s Peace on the Hill column for PeaceSigns, the online news magazine of the Peace and Justice Support Network. In June, a young man walking home from a soccer game with his friends in Suffolk County, New York, was questioned by […]