CLC examines healthy church structures

  ELK GROVE, Illinois (Mennonite Church USA) — “You all are the leaders of MC USA. You are the hands and feet in this denomination,” said Glen Guyton, executive director of MC USA to the October 11-13 meeting of the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC). The question of how MC USA leaders can help the church […]

Hope for the Future takes time off to evaluate future

(Mennonite Church USA) — The organizers of Hope for the Future (HFF) have decided not to host an event in 2019. HFF organizers, which include staff from Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Education Agency, have decided HFF would benefit from taking time off to evaluate feedback received from participants, said Iris de […]

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Returning to our commitments: MC USA leaders speak out against sexual violence

by Mennonite Church USA staff In 2015, the Delegate Assembly of MC USA passed the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse. It says: “We lament that sexual abuse exists not only in our society but also within our own homes, congregations and institutions … “When people violate others sexually, the church is called to be a […]

Our history shapes our Journey Forward

Over the next few months we’ve invited folks from across Mennonite Church USA to reflect on our Journey Forward and consider how they’ve seen Renewed Commitments at work in their lives, their congregation or community. If you’d like to contribute to this series by highlighting stories that bring our shared values to life, email JenniferC@MennoniteUSA.org.  David Holcomb is a member of […]

MC USA invites churchwide engagement with Journey Forward study guide

Get the “Pathways” study guide   (Mennonite Church USA) — MC USA releases the Journey Forward study guide “Pathways” to invite churchwide engagement in the two-year Journey Forward process. It is now available online at mennoniteusa.org/pathways. The “Pathways” study guide invites congregations and groups across MC USA to engage in studying Scripture, singing, praying, storytelling, exploring […]

Reflections upon my service with Mennonite World Conference

Iris de León-Hartshorn is associate executive director of Mennonite Church USA For the last nine years I have served as the North American representative on the Executive Committee (EC) of Mennonite World Conference (MWC). It has been both an honor and privilege and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve. Mennonite Church USA made […]

Churchwide leadership engages with Journey Forward

LANSDALE, Pennsylvania (Mennonite Church USA) — At a recent joint meeting of the MC USA Executive Board and Constituency Leaders Council on April 12-14, attendees got a sneak peek at the newly launched Journey Forward website and “Pathways” study guide, which is still a work-in-progress. Journey Forward is a churchwide renewal process of engaging in scripture, storytelling […]

Glen Guyton’s installation as MC USA executive director to take place in August

  (Mennonite Church USA) — An installation for Glen Guyton as the incoming executive director of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2018, 2-4 p.m. at College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana. All are invited to attend. “The installation of Glen will be historic,” said Iris de León-Hartshorn, planning […]

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Staff transitions for Mennonite Church USA

(Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA’s denominational staff announces current staff transitions, which include some shifts in the staffing structure. Iris de León-Hartshorn is transitioning into the new role of associate executive director for Operations. She has served the denomination in various roles since 1996, most recently as director of Transformative Peacemaking. In her […]

Hope for the Future 2018 participants release open letter

(Mennonite Church USA) — Hope for the Future (HFF) 2018 participants have released an open letter to Mennonite Church USA. The gathering, which took place on February 1-4 in San Antonio, Texas, brought together leaders of color from across MC USA around a theme inspired by Vincent Harding’s 1967 speech at Mennonite World Conference in […]