Better together

Allie Shoup is an admissions counselor at Hesston College, where she shares her love for education with young people searching for the perfect place to belong. She is a born and raised Wichitan (of Wichita, Kansas) whose heart for people and adventure has taken her to five continents. Since attending Bethel College as a Bible […]

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Youth are invited to ‘Step Up’ with a larger voice at 2017 Convention

By Walt Wiltschek HARRISONBURG, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA) — A light bulb went off for Leah Wenger at the 2015 Mennonite Church USA Convention in Kansas City. Delegates at the convention were embroiled in a controversial discussion about two resolutions that would shape the future of Mennonite Church USA — the Resolution on Forbearance in […]

Do we truly belong? Thoughts on diversity

John Tyson is associate pastor for faith formation at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, Kansas. The following post first appeared at Mennonite Church USA’s convention website. Registration for #MennoCon17 opens today! To be honest, I was nervous about convention in 2015. I hadn’t attended an Mennonite Church USA convention since 2005, back when […]

“On Our Way” together: Hundreds walk Kansas City streets praying for peace and reconciliation

By Brianna R. Lugibihl Mennonites crowded Kansas City streets for a prayer walk as part of the convention’s opening night festivities. Participants prayed for reconciliation among faith communities and for those impacted by racism, in addition to petitions for environmental justice and peacemaking throughout the world. Participants traveled a mile-long loop from Jefferson to Washington […]

Opening worship emphasizes unity

By Meg Short KANSAS CITY, Missouri. (Mennonite Church USA) — This year’s opening worship, a combined service for youth and adult attendees, focused on drawing all together in Christ. Worshipers were encouraged to celebrate the fact that God is doing something great in the midst of God’s people. The theme for the event was “Come […]

Delegates commit to peaceful deliberations

  By Caitlin Nearhood KANSAS CITY, Missouri. (Mennonite Church USA) — Tuesday’s opening session of the Delegate Assembly focused on coming to agreements peacefully as delegates anticipate making decisions on several controversial resolutions, including questions of inclusion of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) people in the church and a response to conflicts in Israel-Palestine. Elizabeth […]

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Las ofrendas de KC2015 apoyarán a sobrevivientes de abuso sexual y a la educación para el liderazgo racial/étnico

[English] Por Jenny Castro (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — En todas las convenciones de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. se recibe una ofrenda para apoyar un ministerio o una iniciativa particular de la iglesia. Este verano, en Kansas City, quienes asistan a la convención tendrán la oportunidad de contribuir al Fondo de atención […]

“Where is God leading us as a people?”

Six-week spiritual discernment preparation guide available online for delegates (Mennonite Church USA)—Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board staff has released a six-week study guide designed to help delegates prepare spiritually for the Delegate Assembly at the denomination’s upcoming biennial convention, to be held June 30–July 5 in Kansas City, Missouri. The preparation guide, which starts May […]

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KC2015 offerings to support sexual abuse survivors, Racial/Ethnic leadership education

[Español] By Jenny Castro (Mennonite Church USA) — At every Mennonite Church USA convention, an offering is received to support a particular ministry or initiative of the church. This summer in Kansas City, convention goers will have the opportunity to contribute to the Care and Prevention Fund established through Mennonite Church USA by the Discernment […]

Newness of hope in the midst of disappointment

This is the last of four Bible studies by different authors on the key Scripture text for Mennonite Church USA’s next biennial convention, to be held June 30–July 5, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. “On the way/En el camino” is the convention theme, and the Scripture text is Luke 24. By Wilmer Villacorta Words capture […]