MC USA director: ‘Be bold enough to speak’

Oct 29, 2018 by

ELK GROVE, Ill. — For anyone in Mennonite Church USA who feels their voice isn’t heard, Glen Guyton advises: Be bold and speak up. “Conservative or progressive, your voice is welcome in Mennonite...

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Is this ‘Mennonite’?

Feb 13, 2017 by

I was shocked and saddened to read the advertisement, “Declaration of the Marginal Mennonite Society” (in the Jan. 16 print edition). I have questions for those in the society and for the MWR editor. To...

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Evangelical Mennonite group looks west

Oct 3, 2016 by and

An alliance of congregations centered mostly in southeastern Pennsylvania is making an effort to expand its geographic scope by holding its biennial conference in Oklahoma. The Alliance of Mennonite...

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MC Canada: respectfully recognize differences

Jan 18, 2016 by and

Members and congregations of Mennonite Church Canada may be on the verge of getting more deliberate about respecting each other when they disagree. The denomination’s Being a Faithful Church task force has...

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Differences we tolerate

Sep 28, 2015 by

Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and State Street attract people from around the world for pleasure shopping. Stores selling designer shoes, trendy clothes, high-end accessories and more line both sides of each...

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Evana Network covenant describes what’s expected

Aug 31, 2015 by and

Pastors and members of the leadership board of congregations that join Evana Network, a new evangelical Anabaptist group, will need to sign its “personal covenant.” Individuals can also join by signing the...

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New policies put colleges ‘at variance’ with MC USA

Jul 20, 2015 by and

Two Mennonite Church USA colleges expanded their nondiscrimination policies July 20 to include employees in same-sex marriages, putting them at variance with the denomination’s education agency. In separate...

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Confession, polity and ordination

Jul 15, 2015 by

In “Confessing Without Forcing,” Rich Preheim provides some historical background to the current situation in Mennonite Church USA. The 1995 Confession of Faith was already a fact when I joined the...

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Sexuality resolutions: freedom, accountability

Jul 3, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In two highly anticipated decisions on policies regarding same-sex relationships, Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 2 approved resolutions that affirm both freedom and...

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Impact on Confession

Jun 22, 2015 by

In all the discussion of forbearance, as used in the Chicago/Reba resolution being presented to the Mennonite Church USA convention, I’ve not yet seen an explanation of whether it would effectively render...

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Confessing without forcing

Jun 22, 2015 by

Like so many other Christian groups, Mennonite Church USA has an LGBTQ issue. But more than that, MC USA has a history problem. Unfortunately, as has happened for three decades, the two will no doubt clash at...

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Let’s support the full Confession of Faith

Jun 18, 2015 by

The Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective, 1995 is a beautiful document. If you haven’t read the entire booklet, I encourage you to do so. Currently the most talked about part of the Confession of...

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An ironic unity

Jun 8, 2015 by

There’s an emerging consensus among Mennonite congregations these days, especially among those at polar opposites on issues related to homosexuality. The congregations at the extremes are united in their...

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Forbearing family?

May 25, 2015 by

Mennonite Church USA congregations and conferences are like adult brothers and sisters. In a dispute, no one can force the other’s hand. Nor can they appeal to parental authority. They have to figure out for...

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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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Ohio Conference affirms Confession of Faith

Mar 24, 2015 by and

Mennonite Church USA’s Ohio Conference delegates passed a resolution on March 14 stating its credentialing committee will not recognize any request to credential a pastor in a same-sex relationship....

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It’s not like divorce

Sep 29, 2014 by

Some say the church used to be against divorce, but today we accept it. Wrong. Article 19 of the Mennonite Church USA Confession of Faith says, “We believe that God intends marriage to be a covenant between...

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USMB delegates approve peace article revision

Aug 18, 2014 by

Delegates at the U.S. Mennonite Brethren national convention in Santa Clara, Calif., voted July 26 to revise the article on “Love, Peacemaking and Reconciliation” in the denomination’s Confession of...

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Three churches leave Virginia Conference

Aug 4, 2014 by and

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Three congregations formally left Mennonite Church USA’s Virginia Conference July 25 when delegates at the annual assembly passed motions to release them. New Beginnings Church in...

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A letter to the MC USA Executive Board

Aug 1, 2014 by

Author’s note: I did not write what follows intending it to be an open letter. Given the strong encouragement by a small circle with whom I shared it for feedback, however, I agreed to share it more...

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Two values tested

Jul 21, 2014 by

Within one week this summer, two competing visions of Mennonite Church USA’s future — one with stronger central authority, the other with more local freedom — emerged. First, national leaders extended...

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MC USA won’t recognize Colorado pastor’s licensing

Jul 1, 2014 by and

The Mennonite Church USA national conference will not recognize the licensing of a Colorado pastor in a committed same-sex relationship. MC USA announced the decision July 1 by the Executive Board at its June...

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Ideal or reality?

Jun 9, 2014 by

Confessions of Faith stand in an awkward spot between ideals and realities. They say “we believe” when in fact not everyone believes the same thing. And so the writers of Confessions face a choice: They...

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Japanese Confession adopted

Sep 16, 2013 by and

A conference of Japanese Mennonites recently adopted a formal document defining what they believe collectively. Japan Mennonite Christian Church Conference (Hokkaido) adopted a Confession of Faith during its...

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