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 – […]


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 […]

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Women in Leadership Project determines direction for the future

By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA)—Leaders of Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership Project (WLP) met Aug. 5–8 in Sarasota, Florida, to plan the next steps for the project. Areas of focus include planning a second Women Doing Theology conference, creating an undoing sexism training, strengthening the project’s web presence and inviting […]


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 […]

Screen capture of the home page of the new website for youth workers, The Gathering Place.

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 […]


#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 […]


“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 […]


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 […]