Seeking the peace of the city

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Interchurch Relations for Mennonite Church USA. Two days after the presidential election, pastors and church leaders from our neighborhood in South Bend, Indiana met together. We were about half African-American and half white. We ate together, got to know each other better and prayed together. Eleven churches were represented. […]

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Israel-Palestine Resolution revision available for review

  UPDATE: The Review process for the Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine resolution has been completed. This final version of the resolution, which will be considered by the Delegate Assembly in Orlando this summer, can be found here.   (Mennonite Church USA) – A resolution on Israel-Palestine was brought to delegates at the Mennonite Church USA assembly in […]

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Ecumenical dialogue explores Mennonite Church USA-Church of God connections

CLEVELAND, Tennessee (Mennonite Church USA) — Members of Mennonite Church USA and the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) recently began a multi-year dialogue, with the first meeting taking place Oct. 16-18 at Lee University. Through the presentation and discussion of papers during these annual meetings, participants in the dialogue will pursue mutual understanding of each […]

Holding Jesus and the Spirit together

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Interchurch Relations for Mennonite Church USA. Some Mennonite historians and others have suggested that ever since the debacle in Munster in 1534 Anabaptists (and their Mennonite descendants) have been skeptical of the Holy Spirit. Prophets who claimed special spiritual insight led Anabaptists to set up a kingdom where polygamy […]

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Executive Board staff transitions

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) staff announces recent and current staff transitions: André Gingerich Stoner of South Bend, Indiana, resigned from his role as director of Holistic Witness on Aug. 1. He will continue in a half-time role as director of Interchurch Relations with several special assignments for the […]

Members of the circle

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Interchurch Relations for Mennonite Church USA. Several weeks ago I had the privilege of spending three days in retreat with ecumenical officers from 13 other Christian churches. I’ve been meeting with this group for the past four years. I count them as significant colleagues and friends. During our three […]

Lutherans and Mennonites celebrate a covenant of peace

Reconciliation recounted at regional ELCA gathering SOUTH BEND, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Events in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2010 brought Lutherans and Mennonites to tears and embraces in northern Indiana this month. During the June 9–11 annual assembly of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in South Bend, Indiana, more […]

The Body of Christ?

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Holistic Witness for Mennonite Church USA. “Every time the Christian church divided or separated, each group lost one half of the Gospel message.” So writes Richard Rohr, the Franciscan priest who has been an important spiritual teacher and guide for many, including Mennonites. Rohr highlights the break between Eastern […]

Pray for Catholic brothers and sisters

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Holistic Witness for Mennonite Church USA. The Vatican is hosting a first of its kind conference April 11-13, to reassess the just war theory, which has long been the dominant framework in the Catholic church for evaluating if and when violence can be used. The conference is co-hosted by […]

‘Seeking the gifts of others as if our lives depended on it’

Event looks to interchurch relations for models for intra-church relations GOSHEN, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)—“What are Mennonites learning from interchurch relations that might help us be church together within our own Mennonite community?” Nearly 40 participants engaged this question at a gathering held April 11 at North Goshen (Ind.) Mennonite Church and sponsored by the […]