Migrant learning tour shows America, church still grappling with original sins

  Wil LaVeist is the chief communication officer for Mennonite Church USA and the senior executive for advancement at Mennonite Mission Network.    A person’s name matters. A name can indicate whether you are family. For an immigrant, a name can determine acceptance. From where our migrant learning tour group had gathered at the shelter […]

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 […]

Join the North and South Korea Day of Prayer on May 20

(Mennonite Church USA) — Congregations and individuals are invited to engage in a collective day of prayer for North and South Korea on Sunday, May 20, 2018. This “Learn, Pray, Join” initiative is through a partnership with MC USA staff, Mennonite Mission Network, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and ReconciliAsian. Congregations and individuals can join the […]

Líderes anabautistas piden mejores políticas de inmigración

en inglés / English   Por Cherelle Dessus WASHINGTON D. C. (Mennonite Central Committee U.S./Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) – Diecisiete líderes de congregaciones de los Hermanos en Cristo, Hermanos Menonitas e Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. abogaron por mejores políticas de inmigración en 30 oficinas de congresistas que representan a ocho estados, a fines de […]

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Faith leader delegation convenes in Washington D.C to address immigration

WASHINGTON D.C. (Mennonite Church USA) — A delegation of 17 faith leaders plan to gather in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 26-28 to address concerns with immigration and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). “There has never been a more important time to bring faith leaders to Washington, D.C. to speak about the effects of […]

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MC USA Consultation on Investment and Israel/Palestine

(Mennonite Church USA) Nineteen representatives of Mennonite agencies and associated organizations met in the Everence offices in Goshen on Nov. 20, 2017 for a consultation on investments and Israel/Palestine. The consultation was a step in implementing the “Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine” resolution adopted by delegates at the Orlando convention in July 2017, which […]

Immigrant teens unjustly targeted for gang affiliation

Tammy Alexander is senior legislative associate for Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington office. This piece originally appeared on MCC’s Peace on the Hill column for PeaceSigns, the online news magazine of the Peace and Justice Support Network. In June, a young man walking home from a soccer game with his friends in Suffolk County, New York, was questioned by […]

Love is a Verb: Finding love in a hopeless place

Saulo Padilla was born in Guatemala. In 1986 he immigrated with his mother and siblings to Canada to reunite with his father who left Guatemala as a political refugee in 1980, during the civil war. Since January 2008 Saulo has been working for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. as coordinator for the Immigration Education National […]

Curriculum equips congregations for compassionate response to veterans

By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — A six-week Sunday school curriculum — Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: Seeking Peace Together — can help small groups and congregations who want to explore how the church can play a part in the healing journeys of returning veterans. The materials draw on biblical […]