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Sent 2016: A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus-centered communities

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — More than 100 Mennonite church planters, coaches and leaders involved in planting the seeds of God’s reign across the United States will gather for a national church planting summit March 31 – April 2, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Pastor Karl Bernhard, a church planter with Iglesia […]

Melody Pannell of Eastern Mennonite University was among the first-time attendees who contributed to the gathering.

‘Hope’ gathering to offer specific plan for Racial/Ethnic change

Fifth annual meeting of leaders will produce comprehensive policies By Wil LaVeist HAMPTON, Virginia (Mennonite Mission Network/Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Education Agency) — A strong sense that it’s time to turn ideas into action in order to increase Racial/Ethnic diversity among Mennonite Church USA leadership ranks arose at the fifth annual “Hope for the Future” (HFF) gathering […]

A group of college students who attended Hope for the Future 2015 — the first year that college students were invited to the event, which seeks strategic ways to help the church embrace diversity in order to thrive. (Photo by Andrew Bodden)

“Equipping the Saints”: Hope for the Future V to address HR practices, procedures

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network/Mennonite Education Agency)—The fifth annual Hope for the Future gathering for leaders of color from across Mennonite Church USA will focus on Ephesians 4:12-16 and on HR (Human Resources) issues in the workplace. The event, titled “Equipping the Saints,” will take place Jan. 21–24, 2016, at Calvary Community Church, Hampton, […]

Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA

In support of our Muslim neighbors

(Mennonite Church USA) — A Dec. 14 article in The Mennonite, “Mennonites connect with Muslims in wake of attacks,” highlighted examples of Mennonite congregations building relationships with local Muslim communities. “At a time when fears are being exploited for political gain,” says Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, “I commend efforts by Mennonites […]

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The Best of #WeAreMenno: Blogs

For almost a year we have highlighted stories of hope and collaboration across Mennonite Church USA through the #WeAreMenno story campaign. We hope you’ve had a chance to see some of the blogs, social media posts, videos, news stories and photos celebrating diverse people and ministries from around the country. During the month of December we will […]

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The Best of #WeAreMenno: News and Feature Stories

For almost a year we have highlighted stories of hope and collaboration across Mennonite Church USA through the #WeAreMenno story campaign. We hope you’ve had a chance to see some of the blogs, social media posts, videos, news stories and photos celebrating diverse people and ministries from around the country. Over the next three weeks we will […]

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Shared health coverage, mutual aid continue to benefit Mennonite Church USA congregations

Board affirms 2014 decision that congregations leaving the denomination can stay on the plan ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA)—In May, when Vern Rempel ended a long-term pastoral assignment to found Beloved Community: A Mennonite Congregation in Littleton, Colorado, he was able to bring his Corinthian Plan health coverage with him. The new church plant, which […]

Elkhart County Sheriff, Brad Rogers, speaks with members of Templo Sinai congregation in Goshen, Indiana. (Photo by Glberto Pérez Jr.)

Latino community, police pray together in Indiana

At a Learning to Undo Racism Event, Gilberto Pérez, Jr., Mennonite college administrator and owner of a consulting business, shares about building relationships despite mutual fear and distrust. By Lynda Hollinger-Janzen ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Mission Network/Mennonite Church USA) – Not only does Gilberto Pérez, Jr. bring Jesus’ message, he uses Jesus’ methods of communication – […]

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Task group continues work on Hopi Mission School issues

(Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Education Agency) — A task group convened to address concerns about the Hopi Mission School (HMS) — a K-8 school in Kykotsmovi, Arizona, affiliated with Mennonite Education Agency — continues to work alongside key stakeholders to plan for the school’s future structure. The task group is also gathering names and stories from […]