Being open and honest about the state of youth ministry at The Gathering Live

  (Mennonite Church USA) — “What kind of faith are we passing on to the next generation? How are we doing as a church in modeling a vibrant faith centered in Jesus Christ? Where are the intergenerational and relational gaps in our congregations?” A group of 32 pastors, sponsors, educators and mission agency representatives met […]

Learn, Pray, Join: My call to peacemaking in North Korea

Joy Yoon and her family have been working and living in North Korea for over a decade. Their work inside began through humanitarian outreach and social entrepreneurship. Today they focus on treating children with developmental disabilities through a Rehabilitation Center in the capital city. They are among a select few Americans to have lived long-term […]

Join the North and South Korea Day of Prayer on May 20

(Mennonite Church USA) — Congregations and individuals are invited to engage in a collective day of prayer for North and South Korea on Sunday, May 20, 2018. This “Learn, Pray, Join” initiative is through a partnership with MC USA staff, Mennonite Mission Network, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and ReconciliAsian. Congregations and individuals can join the […]

Mennonite Church USA celebrates Ervin Stutzman’s tenure as executive director at farewell celebration

  (Mennonite Church USA) — Members of Mennonite Church (MC) USA Executive Board organized a retirement program and reception to recognize and thank Ervin Stutzman for his service to the denomination on Friday, April 13, at the joint meetings of the Executive Board and Constituency Leaders Council at Dock Mennonite Academy, Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Members of […]

Anabaptists and Taxes

Jason Boone is coordinating minister for the Peace and Justice Support Network. I pay my taxes, but I don’t like it. Part of it is I resent the compulsory nature of the whole affair. It’s all DEADLINES and PENALTIES and IRS. They could just ask me nicely for some money to pay for roads, education, […]

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 […]

Come and See tour

‘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 […]