Hope for the Future takes time off to evaluate future

(Mennonite Church USA) — The organizers of Hope for the Future (HFF) have decided not to host an event in 2019. HFF organizers, which include staff from Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Education Agency, have decided HFF would benefit from taking time off to evaluate feedback received from participants, said Iris de […]

Values-based Leadership Program seeks to transform leaders

  By Kayla Berkey (Mennonite Church USA/Values-based Leadership Program) — The second in-person session of the 2017-2018 Values-based Leadership Program (VBLP) took place at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center on Feb. 21 – 23. VBLP is a leadership training course rooted in an Anabaptist perspective and designed to support the development of Christian leaders in a […]

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Plans underway to reopen Hopi school in Kykotsmovi

(Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Education Agency) — Plans are underway to reopen the Hopi Mission School (HMS) in Kykotsmovi, Arizona in fall 2018. Iris de León-Hartshorn, director of Transformative Peacemaking for MC USA, and Carlos Romero, executive director of Mennonite Education Agency (MEA), visited the HMS site on Jan. 12-14, 2018 to meet with local Hopi […]

Campaign to support Academia Menonita Betania in Puerto Rico raises $94,000

en español   (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Education Agency/Mennonite Mission Network) — Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) and Mennonite Mission Network have nearly reached their $100,000 fundraising goal to aid in Academia Menonita Betania’s recovery from hurricane Maria. At the recent Mennonite Educators Conference (MEC) on Feb. 1-3, 2018, Carlos Romero, executive director of MEA, presented a […]

Mennonite educators seek “Unexpected Encounters” at 2018 Mennonite Educators Conference

By Kayla Berkey   LEESBURG, Virginia (Mennonite Education Agency/Mennonite Church USA) – The Mennonite Educators Conference opened on Thursday, February 1 with music and worship led by Marcy Hostetler and an invitation for conference participants to color the paper squares that were spread across their tables and use them to build mosaics. The conference theme […]

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MC USA Consultation on Investment and Israel/Palestine

(Mennonite Church USA) Nineteen representatives of Mennonite agencies and associated organizations met in the Everence offices in Goshen on Nov. 20, 2017 for a consultation on investments and Israel/Palestine. The consultation was a step in implementing the “Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine” resolution adopted by delegates at the Orlando convention in July 2017, which […]

Developing leadership strengths in an Anabaptist context

(Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Education Agency/MHS) – Each fall, a different group of leaders gather at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center to start a new term of the Values-Based Leadership Program (VBLP). The program provides resources, relationship building and reflection on leadership development through an Anabaptist lens. Currently, the 2017-2018 program year is between sessions. In October, […]

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ELG/MHA gathering welcomes ‘Emerging Leaders’

(Mennonite Education Agency/MHS) — Angela Hernandez is a young woman from central California who identifies as a Mexican-American. Through the ministries of the Mennonite church, she has found her passion and her call, and now she is helping other young leaders in the education and health care fields — especially people of color — to […]

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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 […]

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Education Leaders Gathering gears up for Jacksonville

(MHS/Mennonite Education Agency) — Momentum continues to build for the Mennonite Health Assembly and Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) Education Leaders Gathering (ELG), scheduled for March 9-12 in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. More than two dozen workshops are now confirmed for the conference, covering a wide range of topics. Those include “Living Well and Talking Truthfully at […]