The Future Church Summit: Encountering God in the unexpected

The Future Church Summit (FCS) will take place July 6-8, at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando. It will be a generative, open space for denomination-wide conversation — to dream together, reset priorities and engage one another in answering the question: How will we follow Jesus as Anabaptists in the 21st century? Leading up […]

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CLC meeting tests the Future Church Summit model

Note: This article first appeared in The Mennonite. By Hannah Heinzekehr ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) Eschewing their usual agenda, members of the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) spent their last meeting of the biennium testing a large-group visioning process that will be used at the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando this July. Around 70 […]

Hope for God’s Shalom

Hope for the Future (HFF) is an annual gathering of people of color serving in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. HFF gatherings began in 2012 and initially served to create space for mutual support among people of color in Mennonite Church USA institutions and agencies. In recent years, white leaders across the denomination have […]

God is Calling the Remnant

Iris de León-Hartshorn is director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. Mary’s Song of Praise  And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the […]

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Esperanza para el futuro: juntos para un momento como este

en inglés / English por Jenny Castro HAMPTON, Virginia (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — A medida que los participantes llegaban el 2 de febrero a la Iglesia Comunitaria de Calvary (C3), algo quedaba claro: Esperanza para el futuro (HFF, por sus siglas en inglés) ha logrado generar espacios particularmente seguros para personas de color que […]

Hope for the Future: Together for a time such as this

en español By Jenny Castro HAMPTON, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA) — As participants arrived at Calvary Community Church (C3) on Feb. 2, it was clear that Hope for the Future (HFF) has created a uniquely safe space for people of color in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. Bear hugs, deep sighs and prayers of […]

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Hope for the Future: Sixth gathering builds on call for intercultural competency

(Mennonite Church USA) – The sixth annual Hope for the Future gathering takes place Feb. 2-5 at Calvary Community Church in Hampton, Virginia, bringing together leaders of color and others from across Mennonite Church USA for networking, support and conversation on issues of power, race and diversity across the church. More than 70 people are […]

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Aportes del Concilio Racial/Étnico, el nuevo proceso de la asamblea es tema prioritario de la junta ejecutiva

Por Janie Beck Kreider NORTH NEWTON, Kansas (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) – La junta ejecutiva de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. se reunió en la oficina del Comité Central Menonita (CCM) de Central States del 10 al 12 de noviembre para planificar la asamblea de delegados 2017 en Orlando y evaluar el rol […]

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Mennonite Church USA and Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference respond to ‘recommitment process’ concerns

(Mennonite Church USA / Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference) — At the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) meeting Nov. 10 in Newton, Kansas, a concern was brought forward regarding the “Year of Recommitment” that Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference (PSMC)—one of the most diverse conferences in Mennonite Church USA—has undertaken to assess where they are as a […]

Honoring Lawrence and Betty Hart

On Oct. 8, 2016 Mennonite Church USA together with MCC Central States hosted a gathering honoring  Lawrence and Betty Hart. People were invited to offer reflections, stories or other expressions, speaking to the profound impact of the lives and work of Lawrence and Betty. Iris de León-Hartshorn is director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church […]