Do you remember your first Mennonite convention?

    Scott Hartman is the director of Event Planning for Mennonite Church USA.   I just got back from a meeting for people who plan religious meetings. The final presenter asked us to think about the first big gathering we attended. Do you remember your first Mennonite convention? I DO! It was 1985. I […]

MDS’ “The Storm Encounter” mobile exhibit raises disaster relief awareness

By Camille Dager (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Disaster Service debuted its new multi-sensory, mobile exhibit, “The Storm Encounter,” at MennoCon19, the national convention of Mennonite Church USA held in Kansas, City, Missouri, this past July, to help raise of awareness about its disaster relief efforts and to demonstrate the need for additional relief workers. […]

Mennonite Church USA oral history project to amplify young voices

  By Kayla Berkey (Mennonite Church USA) — This year, the Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) Archives launched an oral history project to collect interviews of young people within MC USA. The project’s inspiration came from the 100th anniversary of the Young People’s Conference Movement, which was held in June 1919 among Mennonite conscientious objectors […]

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MC USA announces Membership Guidelines Advisory Group

Español/Spanish 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 line in the sand

Glen Guyton is the executive director of Mennonite Church USA. Warning: If you are not a fan of Star Trek or classic literature, this post may confound you. Ever wonder what Jean Luc Picard and some Mennonites have in common? Lines in the sand, especially when it comes to articulating our fear and facing uncertainty. […]

MC USA leaders at CLC urged to be a denomination that is ‘full of love’

Mennonite Church USA Membership Guidelines process, review of the bylaws, and an immigration learning tour in Tucson were among the highlights GLENDALE, Arizona (Mennonite Church USA) — Working and remaining together through tough challenges was the driving theme at the October 17-18 meeting of the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC), a denomination advisory group of conference, […]

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Board discusses MennoCon19 success, Membership Guidelines process

By MC USA Staff DALLAS, Texas (Mennonite Church USA) — The success of MennonCon19, improving MC USA communications and discernment over the Membership Guidelines process, were among the issues the Executive Board discussed during its meeting Sept. 5 – 7 in Dallas, Texas. Executive Director Glen Guyton reported that MennoCon19, July 2-6 in Kansas City, […]

MennoCon19 reflection: an insider-outsider’s perspective

Originally published by David C. Cramer on his blog, Anabaptist Revisions. David C. Cramer is teaching pastor at Keller Park Church in South Bend, Indiana, and managing editor at the Institute of Mennonite Studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. Two weeks ago my family and I were gearing up to head to […]

Salem-Zion Mennonite Church youth plan to #BRINGTHEPEACE to the county fair

  By Kayla Berkey (Mennonite Church USA) — As thousands visit the Turner County Fair in South Dakota this August to attend events like the demolition derby, rodeo and roping contests, they will find the message to #BRINGTHEPEACE in their concession stand. The youth group of Salem-Zion Mennonite Church in Freeman, South Dakota, runs the […]

Mennonite Church USA follow-up to Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants

  By Kayla Berkey KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — “As a denomination we seek connections with immigrant communities in our contexts and support those in sanctuary and the thousands of families whose loved ones have been deported,” reads one of seven commitments in the Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants, passed […]