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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Reconciliation the Asian way

Sep 15, 2014 by , and

The ReconciliAsian peace center brings peace and reconciliation training to the Korean-American community in Los Angeles. Co-directors Hyun Hur and Sue Park-Hur, who launched the center in January 2013,...

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MC USA group reports more evidence of abuse

Jun 30, 2014 by

ELKHART, Ind. — A Mennonite Church USA discernment group addressing sexual abuse by the late theologian John Howard Yoder has reported finding additional evidence of abuse. After a June 3 meeting in...

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Corinthian Plan directors transition

May 12, 2014 by , and

Keith Harder of Hillsboro, Kan., retired March 31 as director of the Corinthian Plan, Mennonite Church USA’s health coverage program. Duncan Smith of Beaverton, Ore., an area representative for the plan for...

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‘Come and See’: Leaders visit Israel/Palestine

Mar 29, 2014 by and

Fifteen board members and staff representing Mennonite agencies and organizations traveled Feb. 24-March 4 to Israel/Palestine on a “Come and See” learning tour. The tour marked the beginning of a...

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Leaders ask: New ways to relate?

Mar 26, 2014 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Amid controversy over the licensing of a lesbian pastor, leaders from across Mennonite Church USA asked the Executive Board to explore new models for relationship among area conferences...

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Task force prepares for leaders to discuss Mountain States action

Mar 17, 2014 by

ELKHART, Ind. — The Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA has appointed a task force to frame questions for discussion at the March 20-22 Constituency Leaders Council meeting in North Newton, Kan., in...

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Light of truth shines on Indian schools’ sins

Mar 2, 2014 by , and

Last fall, a delegation of eight Mennonites attended hearings in Vancouver, B.C., to listen to stories of the trauma inflicted upon Indigenous people through Indian Residential Schools, to honor the survivors...

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Video translated into sign language

Feb 19, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. and ELKHART, Ind. — Five Core Media, a video production firm in Goshen, Ind., has produced an American Sign Language version of Who Are the Mennonites?, a DVD/video produced by a...

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Historian to study abuse by theologian, church’s response

Feb 18, 2014 by

A Mennonite Church USA discernment group has appointed a historian to document the scope of the late theologian John Howard Yoder’s sexual abuse of women and the church’s response to it. Rachel Waltner...

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