MC USA leaders Journey Forward at spring meetings

By MC USA Communications staff, with Sheldon C. Good of The Mennonite and Paul Schrag of Mennonite World Review (Mennonite Church USA) — The MC USA Executive Board (EB) and Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) met for joint meetings on April 11-14 at Dock Mennonite Academy, Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Shannon Dycus led worship based on materials for […]

Executive Board staff transitions: Sue Park-Hur begins as denominational minister

(Mennonite Church USA) — Sue Park-Hur joined Mennonite Church USA Executive Board staff as the denominational minister for Leadership Development on March 19, 2018. Park-Hur lives in Pasadena, California. Among her responsibilities in this role, Park-Hur will work to equip conferences and congregations to provide ministries of excellence and relevance in their local context. She […]

Un llamado a soñar y a actuar en Esperanza para el Futuro 2018

en inglés / English Por Jenny Castro Traducción: Alex Naula, Cristina Rose Horst (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU./Red Menonita de Misión/Agencia Menonita de Educación) — Cerca de 70 pastores, líderes, directores, coordinadores, educadores, forjadores de cambio y otras personas vinculadas a la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. (MC USA, por sus siglas en inglés) se […]

Shiprah and Puah: Courageous Conspirators

Sue Park-Hur is an ordained Mennonite pastor and co-director of ReconciliAsian. The following piece is based on a sermon she gave at Hope for the Future, the annual gathering for people of color working within Mennonite Church USA, its agencies and institutions.  Exodus 1: 15-22 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one […]

A call to dream and action at Hope for the Future 2018

en español By Jenny Castro (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network/Mennonite Education Agency) — Nearly 70 pastors, leaders, directors, coordinators, educators, change-makers and others with connections to Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) met together Feb. 8-11 at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, for the seventh annual Hope for the Future (HFF). HFF […]

“The People are Marching!” at the seventh annual Hope for the Future

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network/Mennonite Education Agency) – The annual Hope for the Future (HFF) gathering will take place Feb. 8-11 in San Antonio, Texas, with the theme “The people are marching! Where are the saints?” HFF gatherings bring together leaders of color from across the church, sometimes with white allies, to explore […]

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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 […]

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Church leaders make “Public Call to Protect All People”

(Mennonite Church USA) — “A Public Call to Protect All People,” issued by more than 50 Christian leaders from across the United States, notes concern with the “threatening” tone of recent political rhetoric and calls on congregations and other groups to deepen their engagement in the economic, social and political health of their local communities. […]

Reflections on the Anabaptist Women Doing Theology conference

Laura L. Brenneman is a hospital chaplain and visiting religion professor at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work is at the intersection of biblical studies and peace studies, combining theory and practice. She is the New Testament editor of the Studies in Peace and Scripture […]