Of Bombs, Treaties and Moral Obligation (part three)

In a culture wired for instant results, we often forget that meaningful change may take persistent action over a long period. This is a 35-year story of education and advocacy arising from the bomb-laden fields of Laos. Titus Peachey who, with his wife Linda Gehman Peachey, went to Laos on a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) […]

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‘Come and See’ tours enable more than 110 leaders to learn about Israel/Palestine

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Nearly four years ago, Mennonite Church USA members were invited to “Come and See” the situation in Israel/Palestine for themselves. In the time since, a series of learning tours have enabled 112 church leaders to meet Israelis and Palestinians and learn from their realities. The roots of the initiative […]

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An open Letter about Endless War and opposing its advance to North Korea

In 2015, Mennonite Church USA adopted the “Faithful Witness Amid Endless War” resolution. It described the United States’ engagement in “boundless and endless war.” Ever since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, our nation has waged perpetual war in pursuit of security from perceived threats of terrorism. Over the past 16 years, the targets […]

What Holy Week teaches us — again

Rachel S. Gerber is denominational minister of Christian Formation for Mennonite Church USA. As a pastor, the story of Holy Week always poses a variety of challenges, like a parent dressing up leftovers to feed the family dinner, again. Turkey meatballs! Turkey tetrazzini! Turkey tacos! As a church we hear this same drama played out […]

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Love is a Verb: Remembering MJ Sharp and the witness of ‘a kind soul’

Note: This article initially appeared in The Mennonite. By Gordon Houser HESSTON, Kansas (Mennonite Church USA) — Michael (MJ) Sharp, whose death in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was confirmed by the United Nations on March 28, was “a kind soul,” said his mother, Michelle, in an April 3 interview. John, his father, added […]

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Organizational representatives affirm Anabaptists’ interfaith engagement

Note: This is a joint release of Mennonite Mission Network, Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Church USA, Eastern Mennonite Missions and Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Interfaith Engagement. By Emily Jones AKRON, Pennsylvania — “I think religious minorities in this country, no matter who they are, are feeling under threat,” said Trina Trotter Nussbaum, interim director […]

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Love is a Verb: Loving the ‘least of these’ from the border to Goshen

By Walt Wiltschek GOSHEN, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Last summer Julia Schmidt took a trip that changed the way she sees the world. Traveling on a learning tour with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and later walking the “Migrant Trail,” Schmidt spent two weeks in the United States-Mexico border region, seeking to understand some of […]

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Love is a Verb: A simple message of welcome, now more than ever

By Walt Wiltschek HARRISONBURG, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA) – Who would have thought that 11 words on a small, cardboard sign could have such a monumental impact? Yet like the biblical mustard seed, quite a bit of good had sprung from this one small idea that began a year and a half ago at a […]

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New US executive order causes issues for higher education

By Walt Wiltschek HARRISONBURG, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA / Mennonite Education Agency) — The recent executive order temporarily banning entry from seven Muslim-majority countries has been having widespread effects, including for institutions of higher education. Several Mennonite colleges and universities have already reported impacts from the federal action, though the long-term results of the ban […]

Biology for service: Archival traces of Mennonite environmentalist thought

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA In 1995, the Mennonite Environmental Task Force (METF) organized a “Creation Summit” in Camp Lake, Wisconsin, that brought together farmers, educators, mission workers, and students from across North America. While the goal of the conference was to develop an “Anabaptist theology of […]