Statement of lament regarding sexual abuse in Mennonite Church USA

Elizabeth Soto Albrecht and Ervin Stutzman shared these words of lament with the Delegate Assembly at Kansas City on July 3, 2015.   We believe the resolution before us represents a long step in the right direction, an acknowledgement of God’s call to let God’s healing and hope flow through our dear Church in a […]

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Board members affirmed, appointed at biennial Delegate Assembly

ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)—The following first-term nominees for churchwide boards were affirmed July 1 during Mennonite Church USA’s June 30 – July 4, 2015, Delegate Assembly in Kansas City, Missouri. All terms are four years in length. David Boshart, Wellman, Iowa, moderator-elect (two years)/moderator (2 years), Executive Board Diane Zaerr Brenneman, Wellman, Iowa, Executive […]

Ted & Co. invite audience to Listen for Grace

Ted and Co. received a standing ovation from over 450 attendees following their performance encouraging conversation on homosexuality issues on Saturday, July 4. Over 50 youth rushed the front of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral for prime viewing seats on the floor when the space filled close to capacity. The 70 minute production, Listening for Grace […]

Delegates unanimously pass final two resolutions

By Meg Short KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Mennonite Church USA) — Delegates unanimously approved two new resolutions during the final delegate session on July 4. The resolutions were brought forward on site and scheduled to be heard the last day during the time allotted for unfinished business. A Statement of Support for Israeli and Palestinian Partners in Peacemaking, […]

Delegates unanimously approve two new resolutions, listen to diverse viewpoints

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Mennonite Church USA) — Delegates approved two new resolutions proposed on site during their final delegate session on Saturday afternoon, July 4: A statement of support for Israeli and Palestinian partners in peacemaking, proposed by the Mennonite Palestine-Israel Network (MennoPIN), and a Resolution of Expressions of Lament and Hope from the African-American Mennonite Association […]

Worship service encourages uncertainty, healing

By Brianna R. Lugibihl KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Mennonite Church USA) — A speaker’s sermon challenged the idea of cultural certitude and focused on congregational unity during Friday morning’s adult worship service. Dale Schrag, recently retired director of church relations and campus pastor at Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, referenced the “spiritually barren verses” of Luke 24:13-24’s […]

Churchwide sexual abuse statement receives wide delegate approval

By Meg Short KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Mennonite Church USA) — In a nearly unanimous result, delegates voted overwhelmingly to approve the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse during Friday morning’s delegate session. Three delegates voted in opposition and four abstained from voting. After the assembly joined in song at the beginning of Friday’s session, Moderator Elizabeth […]

Delegates unanimously approve Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Mennonite Church USA) – Delegates approved the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse with nearly unanimous support during their morning session on Friday, July 3. To open the session, Moderator Elizabeth Soto Albrecht reminded delegates that this was an important issue and a harmful one. She observed that there were survivors of sexual […]

ReStoring community through service

By Venessa Owsley Eleven members of the Arthur (Illinois) Mennonite Church from volunteered a few hours of their time Thursday afternoon to work at the Kansas City Habitat for Humanity ReStore facility as a servant project. Volunteers spent their time moving donated housing trim for transportation and sale in a ReStore facility. Ashley Litwiller, a […]