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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 […]

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MC USA Staff Transitions

Mennonite Church USA will be experiencing several staff transitions in the coming weeks and months. Jennifer Castro has accepted a new position at the Martinez Street Women’s Center in San Antonio as director of programs. She has served with MC USA as the coordinator of Women in Leadership (WIL) and communications associate since 2014. Her […]

MennoCon19 starts early with new training opportunities

(Mennonite Church USA) — MC USA is offering a new opportunity this year to arrive at convention in Kansas City, Missouri, slightly early and choose from several valuable pre-convention training opportunities for individuals and leaders throughout the church. “We added these day-long trainings because this kind of learning takes time,” said Shana Peachey Boshart, denominational […]

Finding healing, hope and rest in the midst of endurance

Chantelle Todman Moore, MBA is co-founder of unlock Ngenuity a consulting, coaching and research business. Chantelle holds a BA in International Community Development and an MBA in International Economic Development. She is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and serves on the steering committee for MC USA’s Women in Leadership. Chantelle is […]

A glimpse of what the church could be

This is the fifth post in a series featuring reflections from participants at the 2018 Women Doing Theology conference organized by MC USA’s Women in Leadership. Ron Adams is a pastor at Landisville (Pennsylvania) Mennonite Church.  For the sake of context let me acknowledge at the beginning that I am a white man of a certain age who […]

All Generations Will Call her Blessed

This is the third post in a series featuring reflections from participants at the 2018 Women Doing Theology conference organized by MC USA’s Women in Leadership. Leslie Hawthorne Klingler is a communications artist integrating writing, graphic design, and photography to promote causes that improve human health and well being, particularly among the disadvantaged. She has a Master of […]

A beautiful example of Anabaptist faith practice

This is the second post in a series of posts featuring reflections from participants at the 2018 Women Doing Theology conference organized by MC USA’s Women in Leadership. Rachel lives in Johnstown, Pennsylvania with her family and attends Stahl Mennonite Church. Rachel is a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher that works with community partners in a variety […]

Imagining a new world at Women Doing Theology 2018

    By Kayla Berkey ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — “Wipe away all tears for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn.” Over 200 people from across North America filled the Chapel of the Sermon of the Mount with these lyrics, singing and dancing the “Canticle of the Turning” at […]

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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 […]

Widening the Circle: Talkin’ Bout a Revolution

Rhoda Blough is an Everence® Stewardship Consultant who works with congregations and individuals, helping them integrate faith values with finances through a wide variety of Everence stewardship services. She earned a seminary degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and will be a presenter at the upcoming Women Doing Theology conference.   I remember vividly a […]