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Survey results show priorities for next MC USA executive director

(Mennonite Church USA) – The Executive Director Search Committee reports that nearly 800 people across Mennonite Church USA participated in the online survey it released in late September. Participants were asked to prioritize essential qualities and priorities for the next executive director of MC USA and to nominate potential candidates. The survey is now closed. […]

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Mennonite Church USA Executive Director signs letter to oppose “Israel Anti-Boycott Act”

(Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA Executive Director Ervin Stutzman joins leaders representing seventeen churches and church-based organizations in signing a letter urging Congress to oppose the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act.” The letter was sent to all members of Congress on November 6, 2017. “This legislation would put legal obstacles in the way of nonviolent […]

Lament and Prayer for Afghanistan

By Iris de León-Hartshorn, director of Transformative Peacemaking, on behalf of Mennonite Church USA Executive Board Staff. “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to […]

Conference to focus on Anabaptist faith formation across generations

By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Indiana (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary/Mennonite Church USA) — Thirty workshops geared toward people at all stages of life and three plenary sessions will be offered as part of Deep Faith: Anabaptist Faith Formation for All Ages, a conference for people who care about faith formation to connect with and learn […]

Lord, when will this stop?

Ervin Stutzman is executive director for Mennonite Church USA. I’m writing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where I’m a guest at Mennonite Church Canada’s biennial assembly. When we gathered on Wednesday evening, we sang, “By the Rivers of Babylon, we sat and wept….” Several times during our assembly, we were encouraged to express lament for some of […]

El amor es un verbo: un recurso de prácticas espirituales para un año entero que explora el tema de la convención

[English] (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — El 16 de mayo, el personal de la junta ejecutiva de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. public un recurso de prácticas espirituales para un año entero que explora el tema de la convención del 2017, El amor es un verbo, a través de la lente de las […]

A time to weep

Ervin Stutzman is executive director for Mennonite Church USA. I arrived home last night from an all-consuming six-day work trip in the nick of time to attend the special service—“Remembering Orlando,” in my home congregation. Early in the service of lament, punctuated by the reading of Psalms, the congregation sat silently as the chimes slowly […]

La Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. colabora con la Coalición de la Doctrina del Descubrimiento

[English] Por Jenny Castro (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — Una coalición de personas de toda la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. trabaja sistemáticamente para deshacer la Doctrina del Descubrimiento (DoD, por sus siglas en inglés), una estructura filosófica del siglo XV que otorga a “gobiernos cristianos” la autoridad moral y legal para dominar a […]

Curriculum equips congregations for compassionate response to veterans

By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — A six-week Sunday school curriculum — Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: Seeking Peace Together — can help small groups and congregations who want to explore how the church can play a part in the healing journeys of returning veterans. The materials draw on biblical […]

Sent 2016 video profiles, blogs available online

(Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — Four video profiles of church planters and a series of blogs offer glimpses into creative initiatives highlighted at Sent 2016: A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus-centered communities, held March 31–April 2, 2016, in the New Orleans area. More than 100 Mennonite church planters, coaches, conference leaders and others met […]