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What do the presidential candidates have to say about hunger and poverty?

Editor’s note: The Circle of Protection is a broad and diverse coalition of Christian leaders working together for help and opportunity for hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world. Ervin Stutzman, Mennonite Church USA executive director, and J. Ron Byler, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. executive director, are part of […]

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New website for Mennonite youth workers to launch at KC2015

(Mennonite Church USA)—A new website for youth workers, The Gathering Place, will officially launch at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Kansas City from June 30 to July 5, 2015. Rachel Springer Gerber, Mennonite Church USA denominational minister for youth and young adults, envisions the site as a hub for networking, peer-to-peer resourcing and spiritual […]

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#WeAreMenno: Begin Anew Christian discipleship resource published

Sixteen-session series is designed to bring growth in faith from an Anabaptist perspective By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Ind./WINNIPEG, Man.—(Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Church Canada)—For 20 years, Palmer Becker nurtured dreams of an Anabaptist discipleship resource for small groups and congregations. That resource is now a reality and available online in English and Spanish. Jointly published […]

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“Jesus Weeps” webinar to address Israel-Palestine conflict

Dec. 4 webinar panelists will discuss some of the important issues of the conflict RALEIGH, N.C. (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network)—I’m a pretty slow runner, which turned out to be a good thing. Stay with me … I try to run one or two half-marathons a year. I don’t necessarily love running, but it gets me outside and […]

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Participation in Corinthian Plan remains steady despite Affordable Care Act

ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)—Congregational participation in The Corinthian Plan (TCP), a Mennonite Church USA-sponsored health coverage and benefits program based on mutual care practices, continues to be stable as the plan begins its sixth year on Jan. 1, 2015. “We’ve seen congregations continue to make the decision to remain a part of The Corinthian […]

Learning to speak together again

Gingerich Longenecker encourages renewed commitment to study of Scripture [Español] SCHILLER PARK, Ill. (Mennonite Church USA)—Jewel Gingerich Longenecker, associate dean for leadership education at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Ind., shared from her doctoral dissertation with Constituency Leaders Council members at their Oct. 6–8 meeting in Schiller Park, Ill., on the topic of […]

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David Boshart named as nominee for moderator-elect

NEWTON, Kan. (Mennonite Church USA)—The Leadership Discernment Committee of Mennonite Church USA announces David Boshart of Wellman, Iowa, as the nominee for moderator-elect of Mennonite Church USA for the 2015–2017 biennium. The denominational Delegate Assembly will vote on the nomination in July 2015 during the biennial convention in Kansas City, Mo. Boshart serves as executive […]

Executive Board meets; appoints group to explore denominational structure

[Español] KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Mennonite Church USA)—Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) met Sept. 25–27 in Kansas City, Mo., focusing on questions of denominational structure, data from a survey of credentialed leaders, and various other topics in preparation for next summer’s Delegate Assembly in Kansas City. Ad hoc committee appointed EB members appointed an ad […]

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Racial/Ethnic leaders aim to engage church power brokers

A joint press release of Everence, Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Education Agency, and Mennonite Mission Network. By Sara Alvarez ELKHART, Ind.—In the fourth year of the Hope for the Future conference, leaders interested in advancing multicultural leadership within Mennonite Church USA will seek to identify and broaden power-sharing and decision-making within the church. The conference […]

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“Come and See”: Mennonite leaders visit Israel/Palestine

Series of learning tours planned in response to Kairos Palestine appeal By Jenn Carreto Mennonite Church USA—Fifteen board members and staff representing various Mennonite agencies and organizations traveled to Israel/Palestine Feb. 24–March 4 to take part in a “Come and See” learning tour. The tour marked the beginning of a denominational initiative to send 100 […]