Consultation offers peace-church voice on military service

Oct 14, 2019 by and

As a federal commission reviews the Selective Service System and other issues regarding the American public’s relationship with military service, Ana­baptists have given their input. A diverse collection of...

[read more]

Ancient bones, new flesh

Sep 16, 2019 by

It’s been said that those who write the hymns need not care who writes the creeds. Hymns shape churchgoers’ beliefs far more than sermons or Confessions of Faith. Thus the stakes are high for the Voices...

[read more]

Confession of Faith in a Progressive Mennonite Perspective

Jun 20, 2019 by

Introduction Every age group in the United States is less religiously involved than it was a generation ago. In particular, the number of youth and young adults dropping out of the church has been growing at...

[read more]

Of creeds and confessions

Apr 24, 2019 by

“Ours is not a creedal church,” I often hear. That is, we don’t officially hold churches and their members to any of the historic statements of faith from the first few centuries of church history, such...

[read more]

What’s infallible?

Apr 1, 2019 by

Several letters in the March 18 issue lament Mennonite Church USA’s loss of a “biblical gospel.” Two writers left the church because the 1995 Confession of Faith doesn’t call the Bible...

[read more]

Positive movement

Nov 19, 2018 by

In “Evangelical Evolution” (North of the 49th, Nov. 5), John Longhurst points out that evangelicals have not always opposed abortion. Their evolution on this issue is a positive thing. Martin Luther and...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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....

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]