Young adults leave convention hopeful for the future

by Jordan Waidelich for Mennonite Church USA Tyler Eshleman is hopeful. He’s not just hopeful because nearly 270 young adults attended this year’s convention, up from 75 in Kansas City. He’s hopeful because they enthusiastically joined in the conversation. “It’s exciting to me because young adults are engaged and involved,” said Eshleman, the young adult […]

Love is a Verb

Mennonite Church USA convention comes to Orlando July 4-8

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) – The Mennonite Church USA biennial convention comes to Florida this summer, taking place July 4-8 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center with the theme “Love is a Verb.” More than 3,000 delegates, staff, youth and others from across the country are expected to attend. The convention is one of the high […]

The Future Church Summit: A look at our history and hopes for renewal

Hyun Hur, is co-director of ReconciliAsian, a peace center in Los Angeles that encourages local Korean immigrant churches and other ethnic churches to explore what it means to participate in God’s ministry of reconciliation locally and globally. He is also co-pastor of Mountain View Mennonite Church, a small multi-ethnic church located in Upland, California. The […]

Young Adult Rundown: Orlando 2017

Hannah Chappell-Dick grew up in Bluffton, Ohio. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in 2016 and is currently doing a year of voluntary service with DOOR Atlanta. An avid runner, Hannah competes on the track for Atlanta Track Club Elite. This piece originally appeared on Hannah’s personal blog, Dwelling in Motion, and on Mennonite […]

The Future Church Summit: Rediscovering why we choose to be Anabaptist

The Future Church Summit (FCS) will take place July 6-8, at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando. It will be a generative, open space for denomination-wide conversation — to dream together, reset priorities and engage one another in answering the question: How will we follow Jesus as Anabaptists in the 21st century? Leading up […]

Future Church Summit

The Future Church Summit: Forging a path from Orlando to new possibilities

By Janie Beck Kreider   “I feel we have lost our vision, and it needs to be reignited. I came to this church to be part of a different narrative – a counter-cultural, anti-Christendom movement that follows a radical Jesus. The first Anabaptists chose to be radical – not assimilated to culture or the spirit […]

Moderadores de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. responden a la tragedia de Orlando

[English] 15 de junio del 2016 Como Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU., nos apenamos profundamente ante el horroroso acto de violencia hacia personas LGBTQ cometido en Orlando en la madrugada del pasado domingo (12 de junio), el cual se llevó prematuramente la vida de 49 personas y provocó heridas a otras 53. El hecho de […]

A time to weep

Ervin Stutzman is executive director for Mennonite Church USA. I arrived home last night from an all-consuming six-day work trip in the nick of time to attend the special service—“Remembering Orlando,” in my home congregation. Early in the service of lament, punctuated by the reading of Psalms, the congregation sat silently as the chimes slowly […]

Mennonite Church USA leaders respond to Orlando tragedy

[Español] As Mennonite Church USA, we grieve the horrific act of violence toward LGBTQ persons perpetrated in Orlando early last Sunday morning, cutting short the lives of 49 people and wounding 53 more. We are appalled that the shooter specifically targeted LGBTQ Latinos, acting out of hatred for people created in the image of God. […]