Youth connect with each other and God in new ways at convention

Jul 15, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While delegates spent days talking about unity at the Mennonite Church USA convention, youth were divided. Some admitted they got out of bed 15 minutes ago, while others were clearly...

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MC USA seeks Spirit-filled revival

Jul 15, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The executive director sang a ’90s grunge rock song. A Bible study on Ephesians packed enough input for a month of Sundays. Teenagers and adults worshiped together with traditional hymns...

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Delegates approve “Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants”

Jul 8, 2019 by , , and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 6 passed a “Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants.” A group of delegates initiated the statement during the convention, collecting...

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MC USA encouraged to invite others ‘as they are’

Jul 8, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was time for the sermon when the lights dimmed at the closing worship service July 6 at the Mennonite Church USA convention. The opening guitar notes to Nirvana’s “Come As You...

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Step Up is primed to go a step further

May 27, 2019 by and

Lorren Oesch recalls a moment at the 2017 Mennonite Church USA delegate assembly in Orlando, Fla., when her table group encouraged her to go onstage and share her perspective at the microphone. She...

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Unconventional thinking for youth

Nov 5, 2018 by and

National youth conventions are the canary in several Anabaptist coalmines. Declining participation requires new approaches to our relationship with the leaders of tomorrow’s churches. Faced with steadily...

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Ungodly conference

Aug 17, 2015 by

I found the Mennonite USA Convention to be very sad. I saw people crying out for acceptance and unity but not prepared to do anything about it personally. I was hurt to see that so many people fear breaking...

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A temple called “unity”

Jul 28, 2015 by

Walter Brueggeman describes the moment when David offers to build God a house as the balance point of David’s “glad yielding and manipulative utility” (2 Sam. 7:1). I love that line because, of course,...

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On the Emmaus road, Christ opens our eyes

Jul 20, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Themes of transformation and understanding in the Luke 24 Emmaus road story were the focus of adult worship services at the Mennonite Church USA convention. Hal Shrader, lead pastor of...

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Oppressive or permissive?

Jul 20, 2015 by

Is this how the dream of a big-tent church dies? We hope not. But it seemed to some that Mennonite Church USA’s vision of unity in diversity went on life support at the Kansas City convention. The church is...

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Adult seminars: growth comes when values are lived

Jul 20, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The greatest periods of growth for the Christian church have been the most removed from institutional religion. Author Alan Hirsch offered critical, but optimistic, thoughts about religion...

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Convention frustration

Jul 20, 2015 by

My assessment of the Mennonite Church USA convention is one of frustration on two fronts: The delegates were in a cocoon, and we were manipulated to do the leadership’s wishes. There was no recognition that...

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LGBT advocates pursue acceptance at Kansas City

Jul 8, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Organizations advocating for inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people within Mennonite Church USA were allowed a presence within the denomination’s convention for the...

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Sharing pain, seeing Jesus

Jul 7, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pick a category of people at the Mennonite Church USA convention, and you could identify their pain. It might have been the pain of exclusion due to sexual orientation. Or of feeling the...

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Claiborne tells MC USA community is possible

Jul 6, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Writer and activist Shane Claiborne called members of Mennonite Church USA to dust off their romance with Jesus and not be afraid to look a bit odd while doing it in the closing worship...

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Palestine, racial justice statements pass; relatives of LGBT people lament exclusion

Jul 6, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Words of lament by relatives of LGBT people and resolutions supporting Middle East peacemakers and condemning the fatal shooting of nine people at a South Carolina church highlighted the...

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Delegates oppose drone warfare, table Israel divestment

Jul 2, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 1 overwhelmingly approved a resolution opposing drone warfare and tabled a resolution to divest from companies that profit from the Israeli...

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An unexpected pastoral blessing in Kansas City

Jul 1, 2015 by

I was not prepared to be called forward in front of 4,500 people. I was sitting on the far edge of the room where the air conditioning didn’t quite reach, wearing the almost neon yellow jersey of the...

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