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MC USA announces Membership Guidelines Advisory Group

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 […]

Several thousand Mennonites seek to gather as peacemakers in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Mission Network) – Roughly 3,000 Mennonites are gathering July 2-6 in Kansas City, Missouri as people seeking to be Anabaptist peacemakers in the 21st century. Glen Guyton, the first African American to become executive director of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA), will lead its 500 delegates at […]

We must not underestimate the power of our words

Glen Guyton is executive director of Mennonite Church USA. The words of the prophet Jeremiah came to mind as I read Pastor Harold Miller’s blog post Reasons we support same-sex marriage — or not. Even as I write this in my role as executive director of MC USA, I am mindful of Jeremiah 23:1 (NLT). […]

Love is a Verb: Three times denied

Meghan Florian is a writer from Durham, North Carolina, where she teaches at William Peace University and the Center for Theological Writing at Duke Divinity School. She is the Creative Writing Editor at The Other Journal, and blogs at www.femmonite.com.  As I contemplate this phrase, “Love is a Verb,” I feel stuck. Stuck, because I […]

Moderadores de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. responden a la tragedia de Orlando

[English] 15 de junio del 2016 Como Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU., nos apenamos profundamente ante el horroroso acto de violencia hacia personas LGBTQ cometido en Orlando en la madrugada del pasado domingo (12 de junio), el cual se llevó prematuramente la vida de 49 personas y provocó heridas a otras 53. El hecho de […]

A time to weep

Ervin Stutzman is executive director for Mennonite Church USA. I arrived home last night from an all-consuming six-day work trip in the nick of time to attend the special service—“Remembering Orlando,” in my home congregation. Early in the service of lament, punctuated by the reading of Psalms, the congregation sat silently as the chimes slowly […]

Mennonite Church USA leaders respond to Orlando tragedy

[Español] As Mennonite Church USA, we grieve the horrific act of violence toward LGBTQ persons perpetrated in Orlando early last Sunday morning, cutting short the lives of 49 people and wounding 53 more. We are appalled that the shooter specifically targeted LGBTQ Latinos, acting out of hatred for people created in the image of God. […]