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Delegates accept Future Church Summit results as ‘guide for discernment’

Mennonite Church USA staff ORLANDO, Florida (Mennonite Church USA) — The delegate assembly re-convened Saturday morning at the Mennonite Church USA 2017 convention in Orlando, overwhelmingly voting to accept the final report and outcomes of the Future Church Summit (FCS) as a guide for discerning the church’s ongoing work and ministry. Executive Board (EB) member […]

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Kratz resigns from Executive Director Search Committee

(Mennonite Church USA) — The newly established search committee for the next executive director of Mennonite Church USA held its first meeting on June 12 over video conference. The committee discussed the importance of establishing a good process for the transition. They resolved to seek input from the broader church, and agreed that calling the church […]

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Esperanza para el futuro: juntos para un momento como este

en inglés / English por Jenny Castro HAMPTON, Virginia (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — A medida que los participantes llegaban el 2 de febrero a la Iglesia Comunitaria de Calvary (C3), algo quedaba claro: Esperanza para el futuro (HFF, por sus siglas en inglés) ha logrado generar espacios particularmente seguros para personas de color que […]

Hope for the Future: Together for a time such as this

en español By Jenny Castro HAMPTON, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA) — As participants arrived at Calvary Community Church (C3) on Feb. 2, it was clear that Hope for the Future (HFF) has created a uniquely safe space for people of color in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. Bear hugs, deep sighs and prayers of […]

Seven questions … with Sam Voth Schrag

  Sam Voth Schrag is a member of Mennonite Church USA Executive Board. This post originally appeared on TheMennonite.org as part of its Seven Questions series. Seven question interviews are compiled by Hannah Heinzekehr. Name: Samuel Voth Schrag Occupation: Pastor at St. Louis Mennonite Fellowship and member of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board 1. […]

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‘Isla de la Tortuga’ abre la conversación sobre raza y poder en la iglesia

Por Janie Beck Kreider NORTH NEWTON, Kansas (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — En la reunión conjunta de la Junta Ejecutiva (JE) de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. y el Concilio Racial/Étnico (REC por sus siglas en inglés) el 10 de noviembre, comenzaron el día participando de una actividad del Comité Central Menonita denominado […]

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 […]

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‘Turtle Island’ opens discussion on race, power in the church

By Janie Beck Kreider NORTH NEWTON, Kansas (Mennonite Church USA) — When the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) and the Racial Ethnic Council (REC) held a joint meeting Nov. 10, the day started with participation in Mennonite Central Committee’s “The Loss of Turtle Island.” The interactive exercise addresses the history of violence and oppression […]