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MC USA announces Membership Guidelines Advisory Group

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 […]

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 […]

The cost of radical discipleship

Iris de León-Hartshorn is associate director of Operations for Mennonite Church USA. This two part series is based on a sermon Iris gave at Portland (Oregon) Mennonite Church on MLK weekend. Part Two The story of the rich man is also a story of the possibility of redemption for a man whose riches have become […]

The cost of radical discipleship

Iris de León-Hartshorn is associate director of Operations for Mennonite Church USA. This two part series is based on a sermon Iris gave at Portland (Oregon) Mennonite Church on MLK weekend. Part One When I was asked to preach this morning, my first inclination was to say no. When Martin Luther King Jr. weekend comes […]

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 […]