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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Supporting the undocumented, hospitality flows two ways

Mar 2, 2015 by and

One day can change a life. A one-day learning trip to the U.S.-Mexico border in 2013 made a big impact on the lives of youth from Walnut Hill Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind., and extended to the rest of the...

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Race, power and diversity

Feb 16, 2015 by , , and

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Understanding how power works in Mennonite institutions was the theme of “Hope for the Future IV” Jan. 23-24 at Iglesia Menonita Arca de Salvación. The event gathers people of color...

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Christian leaders ask presidential candidates how they’ll fight poverty

Feb 2, 2015 by

WASHINGTON — Mennonite Church USA leaders have joined with a group of Christian leaders looking ahead to what the next president might do to address hunger and poverty. The group of 100 Christian leaders,...

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Issues make polity book a must-read

Nov 3, 2014 by and

Mennonite Church USA’s new ministerial polity handbook has drawn more attention than such a document usually would, due to its potential impact on issues of sexuality and credentialing authority. Since the...

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MC USA leaders review survey, offer ideas for future

Oct 27, 2014 by and

SCHILLER PARK, Ill. — Mennonite Church USA’s Constitu­ency Leaders Council reviewed results of a survey of leaders, shared ideas about potential new relational structures and gave feedback on a leadership...

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Urban leaders seek ‘peace of the city,’ practical ministry

Oct 27, 2014 by , and

PHILADELPHIA — In a letter to Jerusalem’s exiled leaders, the prophet Jeremiah called on them to work for the welfare of Babylon, the city to which they had been deported. “Seek the peace and prosperity...

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Central Plains minister nominated MC USA moderator-elect

Oct 27, 2014 by

NEWTON, Kan. — The Leadership Discernment Committee of Mennonite Church USA has announced David Boshart of Wellman, Iowa, as the nominee for moderator-elect of Mennonite Church USA for the 2015-17...

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