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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 […]

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Mennonite Church USA issues response to DSA report, shares findings and recommendations

By Janie Beck Kreider “…so that God’s healing and hope flow through us to the world.” –Vision for Healing and Hope, Mennonite Church USA From Executive Board staff representatives – Ervin Stutzman, Iris de Leόn-Hartshorn, Terry Shue – of Mennonite Church USA: As Mennonite Church USA, we value and aspire daily to be a vessel […]

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Online theology education opens doors

By Kelsey Hochstetler SUGARCREEK, Ohio (Mennonite Mission Network / Mennonite Education Agency) – Nora Marleni Martínez of Metapan, El Salvador, is in the first group of students in a regional Peace and Justice Institute program of the Seminario Anabautista Latinoamericano (SEMILLA). Many SEMILLA courses are taught in local centers across Central America and Mexico, but […]

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Dr. Joseph Manickam named ninth president of Hesston College

HESSTON, Kansas (Hesston College / Mennonite Education Agency) — Dr. Joseph Manickam has been appointed as the ninth president of Hesston College following a unanimous vote from the Hesston College Board of Directors and the Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) board. He will officially assume office on July 1, 2017. Dr. Manickam, currently director of the […]

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Values-based Leadership: Transforming leaders through an Anabaptist perspective

By Mim Shirk GOSHEN, Indiana (MHS) — The first session of this year’s Values-based Leadership Program (VBLP) was held at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, Oct. 18-20. Leaders from diverse settings gathered for the first of two sessions, titled Leading from the Inside. The session used the DiSC profile and the Leadership […]

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Church learns of arrest of Hopi Mission School staff

(Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Education Agency) — A complex case involving the Hopi Mission School of Kykotsmovi, Arizona, took another turn recently with the arrests last week of Thane and Michelle Epefanio. Thane Epefanio, who has served as administrator of the school, and Michelle Epefanio, who teaches at the school, were arrested Tuesday, September 27, 2016, […]

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Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention Sets Priorities for the Future

(Mennonite Church USA) – On August 26-27, 2016, the Mennonite Church USA Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention met together with Executive Board (EB) staff representatives in Elkhart, Indiana, to review the panel’s work over the past eight months, reflect on its role and relationship to denominational staff and determine priorities for its ongoing work. Ervin […]

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Mennonite Church USA contracts with D. Stafford and Associates for Hartman investigation

(Mennonite Church USA) — Representatives from Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) staff have contracted with D. Stafford and Associates (DSA) to conduct an investigation into responses by Virginia Mennonite Conference (VMC); and Lindale Mennonite Church (LMC), Linville, Virginia, to abuse allegations against Luke Hartman, former vice president of enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) […]

“There’s a crack in everything, letting the light in — and out”

Ken Gingerich reflects on letting God use him — “despite some big cracks” — for more than 40 years ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Long-time Executive Board staff member Ken Gingerich of Albuquerque, New Mexico, retired at the end of June from his role as art director for Mennonite Church USA. Which roles and […]