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Mennonite Church USA helps prepare churches for reopening

By MC USA staff Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) is supporting church leaders and congregations with spiritual and practical guidance and resources as they contemplate reopening churches amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. “Deciding if, when and how to reopen is a big decision with serious consequences,” said Glen Guyton, executive director of MC USA, in a […]

Bearing the responsibility of reopening

By Glen Guyton, executive director, Mennonite Church USA. With nearly all states in some phase of reopening, pastors and church leaders are discerning if, when and how to return to public worship. Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) encourages local congregations to consult with their MC USA area conference leaders. Our conferences provide a network of resources and support, and our conference leaders are equipped […]

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The most precious of all

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. She is a board member of Friends of L’Arche North Carolina, and serves on the steering committee for MC USA’s Women in Leadership. She is the author of the book Fire By Night. COVID-19 crept into our lives in the season of Lent. The virus arrived uninvited into our […]

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A song of justice and revolutionary love

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. She earned an M.A. in Religion from Duke University and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Melissa is committed to the local church building power for local, systemic change as members of diverse coalitions. She is a board member of Friends of L’Arche North Carolina, a community for […]

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The riot of Palm Sunday

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. This post is adapted from a sermon she gave there on Palm Sunday. Matthew’s Gospel is a cymbal crashing over and over again. If you’re looking for subtly or mildness, you’ll have to look somewhere else. Matthew is a fog horn with a thousand trumpets blasting in […]

Imagining a new world at Women Doing Theology 2018

    By Kayla Berkey ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — “Wipe away all tears for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn.” Over 200 people from across North America filled the Chapel of the Sermon of the Mount with these lyrics, singing and dancing the “Canticle of the Turning” at […]

Registration now open for the 2018 Women Doing Theology conference

  (Mennonite Church USA) — Registration is now open for the 2018 Women Doing Theology (WDT) conference organized by MC USA’s office of Women in Leadership (WIL). The conference, to be held Nov. 8-10, 2018 at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, will explore the theme, Talkin’ Bout a Revolution: Dialogue, Practice and the […]

Women Doing Theology 2018 call for papers

(Mennonite Church USA) — The planning committee for the third Women Doing Theology conference organized by Mennonite Church USA’s (MC USA) office of Women in Leadership (WIL) announces a call for papers and workshops. “We’re looking for both hour-long, hands-on workshops and 20-minute paper presentations,” said Jenny Castro, coordinator of WIL. “In past years, this […]

Women Doing Theology: A Space to discover what is possible

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. She earned a Master of Arts in Religion from Duke University and an Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Melissa is on the steering committee for MC USA’s office of Women in Leadership and the planning committee for the 2018 Women Doing Theology conference.  This week I’ve been […]

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Sexy/Sexed Bodies in the Pulpit: Women’s Bodily Negotiations

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. She earned an M.A. in Religion from Duke University and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Melissa is committed to the local church building power for local, systemic change as members of diverse coalitions. She is a board member of Friends of L’Arche North Carolina, a community for […]