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 […]

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Plans underway to reopen Hopi school in Kykotsmovi

(Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Education Agency) — Plans are underway to reopen the Hopi Mission School (HMS) in Kykotsmovi, Arizona in fall 2018. Iris de León-Hartshorn, director of Transformative Peacemaking for MC USA, and Carlos Romero, executive director of Mennonite Education Agency (MEA), visited the HMS site on Jan. 12-14, 2018 to meet with local Hopi […]

Leaders of the future: Love, take courage, imagine and don’t go it alone

Iris de León-Hartshorn is the director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. This is the third in a three-part blog series based on a presentation Iris gave on leadership at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in January 2018. In this time of such turmoil in our church and society, I have reflected on what church leaders need to […]

Anabaptist faith leaders advocate for better immigration policies

en español   By Cherelle Dessus WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mennonite Central Committee U.S. / Mennonite Church USA) – Seventeen faith leaders from Brethren in Christ, Mennonite Brethren and Mennonite Church (MC) USA congregations advocated for better immigration policy at 30 congressional offices representing eight states, in late February. The faith leaders told legislative aides about problems […]

Un llamado a soñar y a actuar en Esperanza para el Futuro 2018

en inglés / English Por Jenny Castro Traducción: Alex Naula, Cristina Rose Horst (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU./Red Menonita de Misión/Agencia Menonita de Educación) — Cerca de 70 pastores, líderes, directores, coordinadores, educadores, forjadores de cambio y otras personas vinculadas a la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. (MC USA, por sus siglas en inglés) se […]

Leadership: Bridges to Cross

Iris de León-Hartshorn is the director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. This is the second in a three-part blog series based on a presentation Iris gave on leadership at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in January 2018. As I look back in years in church leadership I have become aware of some bridges I had […]