California Mennonite church leaders gather for climate change retreat

By Katerina Friesen This article is shared from Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference.   “I’m beginning to wonder, is the gospel that we’ve preached too small?” one of the church leaders pondered at a recent climate retreat called “Who Cares about Climate Change: Pastoral Response to Denial and Despair,” led by Doug Kaufman, director of Pastoral […]

Giving hope, peace and reconciliation at Los Angeles Faith Chapel

This post is part of our #BringThePeace series. #BringThePeace is a call to action for individuals and congregations to extend peace in their communities. It is also our prayer inviting God to bring the peace that expands our capacity for empathy, compassion and love that actively seeks to dismantle oppression and violence. Learn more at mennoniteusa.org/bringthepeace.   Anthonia Onye is […]

Mennonite Church USA leaders to visit and learn from Arizona immigration organizations

(Mennonite Church USA) — A group from the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) of Mennonite Church USA will spend two days learning about immigration initiatives and organizations in Tucson, Arizona, Oct. 19-20. The CLC is made up of conference and constituent group leaders who serve as denominational elders for MC USA. Following their regular meetings, a […]

Journey Forward: Dim Sum

Glen Guyton in incoming executive director of Mennonite Church USA. A rough translation of the phrase dim sum means “touch the heart.” You may be familiar with the Cantonese style dining process in which an endless variety of little dishes or tins of food are brought out to be shared with friends and family. The […]

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Mennonite Church USA and Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference respond to ‘recommitment process’ concerns

(Mennonite Church USA / Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference) — At the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) meeting Nov. 10 in Newton, Kansas, a concern was brought forward regarding the “Year of Recommitment” that Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference (PSMC)—one of the most diverse conferences in Mennonite Church USA—has undertaken to assess where they are as a […]

Racial Ethnic Council input, new Assembly process top Executive Board agenda

By Janie Beck Kreider NORTH NEWTON, Kansas (Mennonite Church USA) – The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) met at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Central States office Nov. 10-12 to plan for the 2017 Delegate Assembly in Orlando and to assess the role of the board in the face of a changing church. The […]

Love is a Verb: Full Circle Thrift realizes a missional dream for Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference

By Doreen Martens ALTADENA, California (Mennonite Church USA) — With a ceremonial snip of the ribbon, Full Circle Thrift officially opened for business Oct. 29 in a beautiful historic building on a major street in the Los Angeles suburb of Altadena. The soaring shop is the fruit of many months of hard work for entrepreneurial […]