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 […]

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 […]