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 […]

Love is a Verb: Neighbor love finds its way through walls

Tina Schlabach lives with her husband, Jay, in Tucson, Arizona. She serves as co-pastor of Shalom Mennonite Fellowship, offers spiritual companioning and visits with women from Central America and Mexico held in immigration detention. Tina loves conversation with friends, reading, hiking, time with her three young adult children and her morning coffee.   This morning I visited […]

Love is a Verb: Finding love in a hopeless place

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 […]

#WeAreMenno: I was in prison and you came to visit me

This is the last of a four part series featuring Mennonites working with immigrants. Projects featured in this series received grants from a special offering received at Mennonite Church USA’s 2013 convention in Phoenix toward the DREAMer Fund. These projects were chosen as grant recipients because they have a strong history of working with immigrants in […]

#WeAreMenno: Rey de Gloria congregation tends needs of neighbors without documents

By Janie Beck Kreider This is part three of four in a series featuring Mennonites working with immigrants. Projects featured in this series received grants from a special offering received at Mennonite Church USA’s 2013 convention in Phoenix toward the DREAMer Fund. These projects were chosen as grant recipients because they have a strong history […]

#WeAreMenno: Step of faith leads to ministry of accompaniment

By Janie Beck Kreider This is part one of four in a series featuring Mennonites working with immigrants. Projects featured in this series received grants from a special offering received at Mennonite Church USA’s 2013 convention in Phoenix toward the DREAMer Fund. These projects were chosen as grant recipients because they have a strong history […]

#WeAreMenno: Charges dropped against immigrant detention center protesters

By Steve Pavey LUMPKIN, Ga. (Mennonite Church USA)—On the morning of April 9, 2015, five immigrants-rights activists went to court in Lumpkin, Ga., facing up to 12 months in prison and a fine of up to $1,000. At the culmination of the Nov. 22, 2014, Shut Down Stewart vigil, Kevin Caron, Maureen Fitzsimons, Anton Flores-Maisonet, […]

#SomosMeno: Congregaciones menonitas actúan para apoyar a inmigrantes indocumentados

[English] Por Ardell Stauffer A veces, un día puede cambiarte la vida. En julio del 2013, los juveniles de la Iglesia Menonita de Walnut Hill, Goshen, Indiana, eligieron participar de un viaje de aprendizaje de jornada completa a la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México mientras asistían a la convención bienal de la Iglesia Menonita […]

Estudio bíblico de Hospitalidad radical sobre inmigración disponible por Internet

[English] ¿Cuáles son los hechos básicos acerca de la inmigración en EE. UU.? ¿Quiénes son los involucrados? ¿Qué tiene la Biblia para decirles a los cristianos sobre la inmigración? ¿Qué rol podrían desempeñar los anabautistas en este desafío tan antiguo? El estudio bíblico de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. sobre inmigración desmenuza estas y […]