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 […]

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Mennonite Church USA ‘Church Vitality’ office to strengthen focus on peacemaking

(Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA has renamed its Leadership Development office “Church Vitality” to better reflect its focus on helping congregations to thrive. “All of our work is around helping churches thrive,” said Michael Danner, MC USA associate director of Church Vitality and Engagement. “Church Vitality is broader and represents the purpose of […]

Mennonite Church USA follow-up to Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants

  By Kayla Berkey KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — “As a denomination we seek connections with immigrant communities in our contexts and support those in sanctuary and the thousands of families whose loved ones have been deported,” reads one of seven commitments in the Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants, passed […]

Squads: Practicing community at MennoCon19

Rachelle Luitjens serves as pastor at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church in Wayland, Iowa. She is at MennoCon19 with her youth group and family. Rachelle loves hanging out with the youth, but in her free time she also enjoys reading, coffee, listening to podcasts and watching hockey. “Green Machine, Green Machine, Green Machine!” The chant was […]

Looking to the bridge builders

Sue Park-Hur is denominational minister of Leadership Development for MC USA. Recently, world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed at the U.S.-Mexico border city of Laredo, Texas. The Paris-born Chinese-American artist chose to play at a public park located next to the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge, one of the crossings that connect the U.S. and Mexican cities. With […]

Hope for the Future to return in 2020

(Mennonite Church USA) — A group of 12 Mennonite Church USA leaders who have been involved with Hope for the Future (HFF) in the past, met in Los Angeles, California, Jan. 26-27, and agreed that the next HFF gathering would take place in  January 2020. The group worked together to redefine the purpose of HFF […]

Worship speakers announced for MennoCon19

(Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA convention planning staff is excited to announce the worship speakers for MennoCon19, the Mennonite convention taking place in Kansas City, Missouri, July 2-6. Worship will be intergenerational, bringing together youth, junior youth and adults. “This amazing group of speakers is passionate and skilled, inviting everyone to join God’s […]

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Returning to our commitments: MC USA leaders speak out against sexual violence

by Mennonite Church USA staff In 2015, the Delegate Assembly of MC USA passed the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse. It says: “We lament that sexual abuse exists not only in our society but also within our own homes, congregations and institutions … “When people violate others sexually, the church is called to be a […]