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 […]

A “People Garden”: Urban church planting in the 1980s

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA. He offers this snapshot into a church planting movement in Mennonite history as we Learn, Pray, Join for Peace Church Planting. On April 12, 1978, Mennonite Board of Missions (MBM) appointed Edward Taylor as associate secretary of Home Missions. Taylor was a […]

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An interview with Priscilla Wero

This week we’ll be sharing excerpts of interviews with two Native American Mennonite women: Louise Fisher and Priscilla Wero. They are drawn from longer oral history interviews conducted in 2002 as part of the Mennonite Women of Color Oral History Project. The project was designed and implemented by Patricia Lehman, professor of communication at Goshen […]

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An interview with Louise Fisher

This week we’ll be sharing excerpts of interviews with two Native American Mennonite women: Louise Fisher and Priscilla Wero. They are drawn from longer oral history interviews conducted in 2002 as part of the Mennonite Women of Color Oral History Project. The project was designed and implemented by Patricia Lehman, professor of communication at Goshen […]

Mennonite Heritage Sunday will offer lament for the Doctrine of Discovery

(Mennonite Church USA) — Worship materials created for Mennonite Heritage Sunday with the theme “Lament in response to the Doctrine of Discovery” are now available at mennoniteusa.org. Heritage Sunday takes place on October 28, 2018, the last Sunday of October, to mark events and people with historical importance in the church, and has focused on […]

Just put it on the web!

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA. Since reopening in May, I’ve had many chances to greet visitors and give them a tour of the new MC USA Archives in Elkhart. After showing them the reading room and storage vault, conversation usually shifts to the documents themselves. I’ve gotten […]

Mennonite Historical Bulletin now available online

(Mennonite Church USA Archives) – The entire run of the Mennonite Historical Bulletin is now available online. Over the summer, the Mennonite Church USA Archives collaborated with Goshen College’s Mennonite Historical Library and the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary to digitize and publish every issue through the Internet Archive as part of the Digital Mennonite Periodicals […]

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Archives’ doors re-open to researchers in Elkhart

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) – The Mennonite Church USA Archives will soon be open for business in their new space. Researchers will be able to resume using the archives’ various collections and materials on Monday, May 8. The archives moved this spring from their long-time home at nearby Goshen College to the lower level […]

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Executive Board staff transitions

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Randy Miller’s quarter-time role on the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board staff ended on Dec. 31. Miller was hired as special assistant to the executive director in March 2014 to focus on fundraising for the Purposeful Plan 2017 Fund. Miller’s work included helping to retire the debt for the […]

Works of John Howard Yoder now available online

GOSHEN, Ind. (Goshen College/Mennonite Church USA)—An online digital library containing nearly 250 unpublished, informally published and popular works by theologian John Howard Yoder is now available for scholars and students around the world. Visit the John Howard Yoder online library. A collaborative project undertaken by Goshen College’s Mennonite Historical Library, the Mennonite Church USA Archives […]