Our worship belongs to all of us

Shaping the next generation of resources for the central practices of the church   This article is part of our series on Voices Together, a new worship and song collection coming fall 2020 from MennoMedia, in partnership with Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada.   Irma Fast Dueck is an associate professor of Practical […]

Copyrights during COVID-19

This article is part of our series on Voices Together, a new worship and song collection coming fall 2020 from MennoMedia, in partnership with Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada.   By Katie Graber and Bradley Kauffman Copyrights background Copyright laws and procedures protect intellectual property and pay people who make a living or […]

U.S. and Canadian Mennonite Churches publish letter of encouragement during Holy Week

By MC USA and MC Canada staff (Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada) — Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) and Mennonite Church Canada (MC Canada) jointly have published a letter of encouragement to constituents this week during the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter acknowledges the unusual circumstances and challenges surrounding this year’s Holy Week, while […]

Ministers’ retreat offers tools for strengthening Anabaptist witness in North America

By MC USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) – Regional Church and Conference ministers and executives from Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) and Mennonite Church Canada gathered Dec. 4-8 in Banff, Alberta, Canada to empower each other to lead through challenging times. Thirty-four participants met at Banff Park Lodge for worship, strengthening relationship and to gain valuable […]

Our wait begins

This post was originally published in Goshen College’s Advent Devotionals. Goshen College students and employees are reflecting on the theme: “What are you waiting for?” from Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada worship resources. Daily online devotionals are available during Advent 2019 at www.goshen.edu/devotions, or you can subscribe to receive them as a daily […]

Prayer of thanks for October 4, Feast Day of Saint Francis

Wendy Janzen is a pastor at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church in Ontario, Canada, a spiritual director and the founding pastor of Burning Bush Forest Church, an outdoor worshipping community that meets year-round in natural spaces in and around Kitchener-Waterloo. Forest Church (also known as Wild Church in parts of North America) is a new expression […]

Voices Together: The invitation to communion

Sarah Kathleen Johnson is the worship resources editor for Voices Together and the editor of a companion volume for worship planners and leaders. She is a doctoral candidate in theology at the University of Notre Dame and is currently based in Toronto, Ontario. Communion is about unity. It is about unity with God and with […]

Voices Together: The work of including Indigenous voices, perspectives and ways of worship in the new Mennonite worship and song collection

Katie Graber is an ethnomusicologist who studies race and ethnicity in a variety of contexts including Mennonite music, American music, and European opera. She has taught classes on Western music history and world music, and she accompanies Suzuki recitals and school choirs. She leads singing at her church in Columbus, Ohio, and chairs the Intercultural […]

Mennonite Church USA celebrates Ervin Stutzman’s tenure as executive director at farewell celebration

  (Mennonite Church USA) — Members of Mennonite Church (MC) USA Executive Board organized a retirement program and reception to recognize and thank Ervin Stutzman for his service to the denomination on Friday, April 13, at the joint meetings of the Executive Board and Constituency Leaders Council at Dock Mennonite Academy, Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Members of […]

MC USA Leaders’ Council holds first meeting of the biennium

This report initially appeared in The Mennonite. By Hannah Heinzekehr The Journey continues. Three weeks after Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) approved plans to implement the Journey Forward, a two-year process building on the outcomes generated by the Future Church Summit process at the Orlando convention in July, the Constituency Leaders’ Council (CLC) of MC USA spent considerable time processing the […]