New York pastor begins 780-mile prayer walk

Aug 10, 2016 by

On Aug. 7, Pastor Al Taylor of Infinity Mennonite Church in Harlem, N.Y., headed west, on foot, toward Paterson, N.J. — a 20-mile trek from his starting point in Manhattan but just the first leg of a 34-day...

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MC USA board supports abuse panel, accepts resignation

Jun 10, 2016 by and

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board affirmed recommendations from a sexual abuse prevention panel and accepted the resignation of board member Isaac Villegas during meetings June...

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Group steps up an effort to discredit oppressive doctrine

May 23, 2016 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — A coalition of people from across Mennonite Church USA is working to dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery. The DoD is a 15th-century philosophical framework that gives “Christian...

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Show traces family roots to story of Amish faithfulness

May 9, 2016 by , and

On many Sundays, Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, can be found preaching or speaking at Mennonite churches, meetings, conventions or other gatherings. But on a Sunday evening in...

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MC USA leaders seek relationships that unite

Mar 16, 2016 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — Members of Mennonite Church USA’s Constituency Leaders Council discussed multiple perspectives on covenant relationships while dreaming of the church’s future together March 7-9 at...

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MC USA youth ministry group digs into Anabaptism

Feb 29, 2016 by and

Mennonite Church USA’s Youth Ministry Council worked to make implicit Anabaptist values more explicit Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in Orlando, Fla. Forty-two youth workers attended “The Gathering” to network,...

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MC USA board clarifies meaning of forbearance

Feb 16, 2016 by and

CHICAGO — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board sought to clarify the meaning of forbearance while focusing on the future at its Feb. 11-13 meeting. Other actions included rejection of a proposal asking...

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MC USA forms sexual abuse prevention panel

Dec 21, 2015 by

The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board staff cabinet has called together a panel to continue the work of healing and prevention of sexual abuse within the denomination. The panel’s formation is a response...

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Conference leaders tell of withdrawal processes

Nov 2, 2015 by and

ARCHBOLD, Ohio — Representatives of three Mennonite Church USA area conferences — Lancaster, Franklin and North Central — reported on their processes of deciding whether to leave the denomination Oct....

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Indiana Latinos, police pray together

Oct 26, 2015 by , and

ELKHART, Ind. — Gilberto Pérez Jr. didn’t like seeing a routine litany of run-ins between law enforcement officers and his Latino community in northern Indiana, so he did something about it. Speaking at a...

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Arizona pastor, convention speaker dies in motorcycle accident

Oct 20, 2015 by

Hal Shrader, the lead pastor of Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Ariz., who spoke at a Mennonite Church USA convention worship service this summer, died Oct. 19 in a motorcycle accident outside of...

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MC USA abuse discernment group ends work

Oct 19, 2015 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — The Discernment Group on sexual abuse, a committee formed by Mennonite Church USA in 2013 to address the painful and complex legacy of sexual abuse by renowned theologian and professor John...

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MC USA board discusses resolutions’ implications

Sep 21, 2015 by

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board on Sept. 17-19 discussed the implications of resolutions passed at the denomination’s convention this summer. Board members emphasized that two...

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Women’s leadership group charts future

Sep 14, 2015 by and

The steering committee for Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership Project is ready to plan a conference, create undoing-sexism training and find ways for men to assist after meeting Aug. 5-8 in...

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MC USA leaders respond to area conferences considering departure

Aug 12, 2015 by

ELKHART, Ind. — The executive committee of the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA sent letters Aug. 4 to North Central Conference and Lancaster Mennonite Conference, expressing a commitment to pray for...

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Hopi Mission School problems prompt restructuring plan

Jul 2, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has informed the Hopi Mission School board, administration and staff that the organization does not have permission to use the Mennonite property...

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Step of faith leads to ministry of accompaniment

Jun 8, 2015 by and

Anton Flores-Maisonet left his tenure-track faculty position at LaGrange (Ga.) College in 2008 for a risk-taking venture of faith that would lead him, his wife, Charlotte, and their family into a life of...

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Charges dropped in immigration detention protest

May 7, 2015 by and

LUMPKIN, Ga. — A judge in Georgia on April 9 dropped charges against a group of immigrant-rights activists, including the leader of an Anabaptist community. At the culmination of a Nov. 22 vigil, five...

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Board’s resolution ‘tests’ Membership Guidelines

May 4, 2015 by and

Announcing a new resolution for delegates May 4, the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board says it is “testing the status” of the denomination’s Membership Guidelines. The resolution asks delegates at the...

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Farming volunteer program joins Quakers, Mennonites

Mar 13, 2015 by , , and

Peace Farm, a new voluntary service program born out of a collaborative effort between Quakers and Mennonites in Bally, Pa., is preparing for its inaugural season, beginning in May. The venture brings together...

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