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 […]

God of foreigners and strangers

Saulo Padilla was born in Guatemala. In 1986 he immigrated with his mother and siblings to Canada to reunite with his father who left Guatemala as a political refugee in 1980 during the civil war. Since January 2008 Saulo has been working for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. as coordinator for the Immigration Education National […]

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: 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 […]