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Mennonite Church USA hosts panel discussion on dismantling racism

By MC USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) — The leadership team of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) is hosting Race, Church and Change, an interactive panel discussion on the impact of racism in the church and meaningful approaches to dismantling it. Featuring a diverse panel of speakers, the online event will be held via Zoom (and simultaneously broadcast via Facebook Live) on Thursday, June 25 from 6:30-8 p.m. EDT /3:30-5 p.m. PDT. Participants may submit questions for […]

The discipline and practice of white caucusing

Tobin Miller Shearer is a history professor and the director of African-American Studies at the University of Montana. He is the co-founder – along with Regina Shands Stoltzfus – of the Damascus Road Anti-Racism Process. His blog is Truth and Grace.   I remember my first white caucus. I felt a palpable tension as I […]

Mennonite Church USA launches new Justice Fund

By MC USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) — In the midst of significant social unrest in the United States, Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) has launched a Justice Fund to provide a way for individuals and congregations to support MC USA churches that are actively involved in dismantling racism, addressing police brutality, reimagining policing in […]

Reflections on protesting and faith

By Frank Scoffield Nellessen and Eric Schnitger This conversation comes from Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference.   Frank Scoffield Nellessen is a Guatemalan mestizo immigrant learning to decolonize and heal himself and his communities. He and his wife are members of Pasadena Mennonite Church and he works gang prevention in Los Angeles, California. Eric Schnitger is […]

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African American Mennonite Association urges MC USA to address racial injustice

By MC USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) — African American Mennonite Association (AAMA) called upon fellow Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) congregations, which are predominately white, to be actively involved in promoting healing and reconciliation amid the protests that have erupted since the violent racial killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. […]

Justice fund, policing, and protesting

Iris de León-Hartshorn is associate executive director for Operations for Mennonite Church USA.   Thus says the Lord: We have heard a cry of panic, of terror, and no peace.   Jeremiah 30:5 (NRSV) This last week has been a very dark time for our country. Deaths are still rising due to COVID-19, deaths continue to […]

Prayers of lament: Responding to the violence of racism

By Mennonite Church USA staff As we have witnessed the recent and persistent violence upon black bodies, we are offering this space of collective lament and grief that comes from many voices across Mennonite Church USA (MC USA). Biblical lament shows us how to express deep sorrow, name suffering and cry out for God. “Laments […]

We need to engage in more costly peacemaking

Glen Guyton is the executive director of Mennonite Church USA.   It does not happen often, but I am at a loss for words as cities across the United States burn, and as I have endured several weeks of seeing black bodies sacrificed in the name of order and discipline. I am torn between being […]

Mennonite Church USA statement on racial injustice

By Mennonite Church Executive Board staff Amid the recent events surrounding the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, the latest fatal violence against African Americans, Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) joins in mourning and lament. We lament that this is yet another example of the simmering racial injustice that pervades America, and we pray […]

Let anyone with ears to hear, listen!

Linda Gehman Peachey is a free-lance writer, living in Lancaster Pennsylvania. She has an Master of Divinity degree from AMBS and is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Previously, Linda worked for Mennonite Central Committee on women’s concerns and also served with her husband Titus as co-director of Peace and Justice […]