Welcome to the Gathering Place

Thanks to those who joined our three online gatherings in Winter and Spring 2019! The energy and interest you brought to these gatherings were inspiring. Read the descriptions and watch the recordings of these gatherings below.

Putting Jesus on the Ballot: Anabaptism and American Politics with Scott Peterson

A video series from the Mennonite Church USA Church Vitality Team for adult study groups.

Scott Peterson is the Leadership Pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Arizona, and a leadership coach for pastors.

Political tensions are rising, argumentation has replaced conversation, and divisions widen. How should Anabaptists engage? How do we avoid the pull of partisan politics in order to create space for the Spirit to work reconciliation in our midst? In these short videos, we hear one perspective on how Anabaptist theology creates a way to engage the government without falling into the trap of partisan politics.

These short clips from three webinars were edited to be viewed by adult Sunday School classes or small groups. Listen to Scott’s teaching with your faith community and consider together how being a Christian shapes your political ideas—rather than the other way around.

Read about the original webinars here.


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Past Webinars

#MakePeace: Social Media Shalom

From texting to tweeting, most of us rely on social media to help us share ideas, learn skills, celebrate milestones, and connect with people. Even though social media has opened a whole new world to many people who would otherwise feel isolated, the potential for harm and conflict is always present. This webinar is about everyday practices and strategies that will help you become a peacemaker in our very digital age. What would it look like if you embodied the love of Jesus every time you logged on to your favorite platform? Osheta Moore blogs at shalominthecity.com and is the outreach and teaching pastor at Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is the author of Shalom Sistas: Living wholeheartedly in a broken-hearted world.

Held: Thursday, February 21, 2019

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Osheta’s Powerpoint

Listen to the Shalom Sistas podcast featuring the new series, Dear White Peacemakers

What to expect at #MennoCon19

Convention planners Scott Hartman, Sarah Chase and Shana Peachey Boshart share plans for MennoCon19 and answer your questions. Topics covered include Registration, Lodging, Worship, Squads, Seminars, Servant Projects, Delegate Sessions and Step Up. Download the presentation and click the links for the details.

Held: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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Webinar presentation

Planning your baptism instruction class

The perennial challenge: how to prepare young people for baptism. Some believe we need to spend more time in baptismal preparation. At the same time, we can barely get folks to commit to regular classes. There are actually quite a few curricular options, but which fit the group you are working with? We’ll hear from a panel of pastors who are doing innovative things to prepare youth for baptism, then take your questions.

Held: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 

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See the materials the panelists shared 




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Shana Peachey Boshart
Denominational Minister for Faith Formation