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

  (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 check for […]

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 […]

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‘Come and See’ tours enable more than 110 leaders to learn about Israel/Palestine

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Nearly four years ago, Mennonite Church USA members were invited to “Come and See” the situation in Israel/Palestine for themselves. In the time since, a series of learning tours have enabled 112 church leaders to meet Israelis and Palestinians and learn from their realities. The roots of the initiative […]

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Love is a Verb: Remembering MJ Sharp and the witness of ‘a kind soul’

Note: This article initially appeared in The Mennonite. By Gordon Houser HESSTON, Kansas (Mennonite Church USA) — Michael (MJ) Sharp, whose death in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was confirmed by the United Nations on March 28, was “a kind soul,” said his mother, Michelle, in an April 3 interview. John, his father, added […]

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Organizational representatives affirm Anabaptists’ interfaith engagement

Note: This is a joint release of Mennonite Mission Network, Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Church USA, Eastern Mennonite Missions and Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Interfaith Engagement. By Emily Jones AKRON, Pennsylvania — “I think religious minorities in this country, no matter who they are, are feeling under threat,” said Trina Trotter Nussbaum, interim director […]

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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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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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Mennonite Offices in Elkhart now debt-free

HESSTON, Kansas (Mennonite Mission Network/Mennonite Church USA) – At the recent Constituency Leaders Council meetings, Mennonite Church USA executive director Ervin Stutzman announced that over the past three years a group of generous donors has made gifts toward the loan balance of the new Elkhart, Indiana, offices. The bank loan taken out at the time […]

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Executive Board staff transitions

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) staff announces recent and current staff transitions: André Gingerich Stoner of South Bend, Indiana, resigned from his role as director of Holistic Witness on Aug. 1. He will continue in a half-time role as director of Interchurch Relations with several special assignments for the […]