MCUSA Executive Board

Executive Board looks toward the future of the church

Note: This report initially appeared in The Mennonite. By Hannah Heinzekehr KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — In their penultimate meeting of the biennium, members of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) took time March 30-April 1 to reflect on denominational developments over the last two years and to look ahead to new trends […]

Cultivating relationships with the ELCA

John D. Roth served as a representative of Mennonite Church USA on a series of ecumenical dialogues with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (2001-2004) focused on the “condemnations” of the Anabaptists in the Augsburg Confession of 1530. He also served as a representative of Mennonite World Conference on the Lutheran-Mennonite International Study Commission (2005-2008) […]

Lutherans and Mennonites celebrate a covenant of peace

Reconciliation recounted at regional ELCA gathering SOUTH BEND, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Events in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2010 brought Lutherans and Mennonites to tears and embraces in northern Indiana this month. During the June 9–11 annual assembly of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in South Bend, Indiana, more […]

Mennonite World Conference and the broader body of Christ

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Holistic Witness for Mennonite Church USA. One of the significant events at the Mennonite World Conference gatherings was receiving greetings from representatives of the larger body of Christ:  Lutherans, Pentecostals, Quakers, the World Council of Churches and others. This made very real that we as Mennonites do not exist […]

Mennonite World Conference offers an opportunity for a gathering of women theologians

Linda Gehman Peachey serves on the Steering Committee for the Women in Leadership Project of Mennonite Church USA. Michelle Armster and I have agreed to help coordinate a gathering of North American women theologians at the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Assembly in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, along with Mary Anne Isaak, a Canadian Mennonite Brethren woman involved in church leadership. Space […]

Mennonite leaders send blessings to Pope Francis on the occasion of his installation

Richard Thomas, moderator of Mennonite Church USA, and Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, sent the following letter to Pope Francis on March 21. César García, general secretary of Mennonite World Conference, also wrote to the Vatican (see link below). Mennonite World Conference sent two representatives to the March 19 service of installation […]

Events mark reconciliation among Lutherans and Mennonites

By Mary E. Klassen ELKHART, Ind. (Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary and Mennonite Church USA)—A river birch tree with three trunks but one root system, standing in front of the Mennonite offices in Elkhart, Ind., became a mark of reconciliation among Lutherans and Mennonites at a dedication service on April 10. At the service, André Gingerich […]