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Mennonite Church USA hosts panel discussion on dismantling racism

By MC USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) — The leadership team of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) is hosting Race, Church and Change, an interactive panel discussion on the impact of racism in the church and meaningful approaches to dismantling it. Featuring a diverse panel of speakers, the online event will be held via Zoom (and simultaneously broadcast via Facebook Live) on Thursday, June 25 from 6:30-8 p.m. EDT /3:30-5 p.m. PDT. Participants may submit questions for […]

Justice fund, policing, and protesting

Iris de León-Hartshorn is associate executive director for Operations for Mennonite Church USA.   Thus says the Lord: We have heard a cry of panic, of terror, and no peace.   Jeremiah 30:5 (NRSV) This last week has been a very dark time for our country. Deaths are still rising due to COVID-19, deaths continue to […]

A time to love and honor our loved ones

Iris de León-Hartshorn is associate executive director for Operations for Mennonite Church USA.   Early in my ministry, I worked for seven years as a hospital chaplain, four and a half of these as a hospice chaplain. I met with countless families and was involved in many conversations about end of life decisions. I sat […]

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Mennonite Church USA postpones meetings amid COVID-19 concerns

By MC USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) — Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) announced that it is postponing its Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) meeting scheduled for March 26–28, 2020, at Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri, as well as its Executive Board meeting scheduled for April 23-25, 2020, in […]

Mennonite Church USA ‘Hope’ gathering stresses peace with justice

en español By MC USA and Mennonite Mission Network staff DALLAS (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — At this year’s Hope for the Future (HFF) gathering, attendees celebrated the legacy of Stanley W. Green, one of the event’s original organizers, and discussed ways to press forward for peace and justice throughout the church. The Jan. […]

Register Now for Hope for the Future 2020, a Mennonite Church USA people of color event

By Mennonite Church USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) – Registration is open through January 15, 2020, for Mennonite Church USA’s (MC USA) Hope for the Future conference, an Anabaptist networking and equipping event for people of color. It will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Arlington DFW South in Arlington, Texas, from January […]

MC USA Membership Guidelines Advisory Group Meeting, Next Steps

By MC USA staff CHICAGO, Illinois (Mennonite Church USA) – Mennonite Church USA’s (MC USA) Membership Guidelines Advisory Group successfully met for a one-time working session on Nov. 15-17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois, to discuss ways in which the church can continue the conversation on its Membership Guidelines. The 21-person Advisory Group will submit its […]

La IMEU anuncia al grupo consultor de los Lineamientos de Membresía

en inglés / English ELKHART, Indiana (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) – La junta ejecutiva (JE) ha formado un nuevo grupo consultor de los Lineamientos de Membresía con el fin de recomendar un proceso para continuar la conversación de la iglesia acerca de sus Lineamientos de Membresía. Iris de León-Hartshorn, directora ejecutiva adjunta de operaciones, y Michael […]

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MC USA announces Membership Guidelines Advisory Group

Español/Spanish By MC USA staff ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA) – The Executive Board (EB) has formed a new Membership Guidelines Advisory Group to recommend a process for continuing the church’s conversation on its Membership Guidelines. Iris de León-Hartshorn, associate executive director of Operations, and Michael Danner, associate executive director for Church Vitality, will co-lead […]

The All-Encompassing Cosmic Christ

Iris de León-Hartshorn is associate executive director of operations for Mennonite Church USA. This blog post is adapted from a sermon she gave at the annual meeting of Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference, June 21-22. John 20: 19-23 I fear sometimes that we have over-simplified the reading of the Bible to what we can immediately understand […]