Resolution on the Status of Membership Guidelines passes

By Meg Short KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI. (Mennonite Church USA) — Over 1,000 attended the afternoon delegate session on July 2. Introducing the membership guideline resolution for delegates to discuss were two Mennonite Church USA board members, David Sutter and Yvonne Diaz. They reported that the resolution was both written and approved by the Executive Board […]

Delegates pass forbearance resolution

By Meg Short KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI. (Mennonite Church USA) — Delegates reconvened on Thursday, July 2, to discuss the Resolution on Forbearance in the Midst of Differences and the Resolution on the Status of Membership Guidelines. Moderator-Elect Patricia Shelly announced the results of Wednesday’s vote on whether or not to continue discussion on the Israel-Palestine […]

Conversation rooms promote dialogue on contentious issues

By Brianna R. Lugibihl Twenty-three convention participants gathered on Wednesday afternoon to share views regarding the proper Christian response to the rise of terrorist organizations. This session opened the first of seven “conversation rooms” with today’s event titled, “The Challenges of ISIS to Christian Peacemakers.” Participants discussed topics including types and degrees of military intervention, […]

Delegates grapple with Israel-Palestine resolution

By Caitlin Nearhood KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Mennonite Church USA) — Delegates remained divided on the Israel-Palestine Resolution at the end of Wednesday’s second delegate session. After two preliminary surveys using green, yellow and red sheets of paper to indicate levels of support for the resolution, delegates voted by ballot to decide whether to table the […]

Mennonites find agreement in peace church principles

By Caitlin Nearhood KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI. (Mennonite Church USA) — Wednesday’s morning delegate session called for discerned decision-making in anticipation of considering two resolutions that day. Almost 900 people attended the session. Rick Stiffney, CEO of MHS, gave the opening testimony about how MHS strengthens Mennonite-affiliated health and human service ministries. He connected with the […]

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 […]

#WeAreMenno: Re-making the good life in New Mexico

Todd Wynward is an author, small-scale farmer, wilderness educator and Mennonite minister for watershed discipleship affiliated with Albuquerque Mennonite Church. He has been engaged in education reform and social change movements for twenty years, and has spent more than a thousand nights outdoors. He and his wife Peg founded a wilderness-based public charter school in […]

The Spirit, the Holy Breath, the Wind is at work.

Mary Lehman Yoder tends her gardens and her prayers in Goshen, Indiana.  In addition to perennial gardening, she is an avid long-distance walker and lover of her grandchildren. Since her retirement from active pastoral ministry at Assembly Mennonite in 2011, she has become better acquainted with the Psalms, with lament and with paradox.   When […]

Service of lament and hope, wailing wall, churchwide statement to acknowledge sexual abuse

(Mennonite Church USA)—Naming sexual abuse, confessing complicity and taking steps to prevent future abuse will be key elements of Mennonite Church USA’s biennial convention this summer, to be held June 30–July 5 in Kansas City, Missouri. The denomination’s Discernment Group on sexual abuse and the church has planned for a public service of lament and […]