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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Sexual abuse: ‘Won’t somebody listen here?’

Jul 4, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Laments and hopes by and for those who have endured sexual abuse were tied and untied in a July 3 evening worship service at the Mennonite Church USA convention. Moving from sorrow and...

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On sexual abuse, a vow to tell the truth

Jul 4, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 3 approved a statement confessing the church’s failure to offer healing for survivors of sexual abuse and vowing to “change our ways.” 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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A new Mennonite observes convention

Jul 3, 2015 by

Almost every interaction I’ve had with the Mennonite church has made me feel right about belonging here. I’ve observed this many times with my home congregation, such as the way certain songs are...

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Youth speakers tell of Jesus encounters ‘on the way’

Jul 2, 2015 by and

Alexa Smith, 16, of West Liberty, Ohio, said she heard a lot during Mennonite Church USA’s youth convention in Kansas City, Mo., about how to deal with the pain life brings. Many worship speakers June...

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Youth hear of seeking Jesus in tragedy

Jul 2, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Michele Hershberger channeled Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon during her Wednesday evening address to 2,300 youth attending Mennonite Church USA’s convention. First, the Hesston College...

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Bending the curve toward love and life

Jul 2, 2015 by

I dreamed I was at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Kansas City, Mo. In a seminar, we were each to remember an experience of God’s grace. My dreaming mind went to this true story: When I was seven, I...

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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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At MC USA convention, 4,500 challenged to speak up

Jul 1, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mennonite Church USA convention participants were invited to join a movement not for the comfortable or satisfied at the event’s opening worship service June 30 at the Kansas City...

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The road to Emmaus/The road to convention

Jun 30, 2015 by

Our biennial national Mennonite Church USA convention begins today in Kansas City, Mo., and there are two resolutions coming before the delegates that highlight disagreements about how our denomination should...

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Thank you: Spanish ministry training

Jun 29, 2015 by

Mission, leadership development and service are essential parts of church life. Anabaptist Biblical Institute (Instituto Bíblico Anabautista) has been a great partner, a companion and a vessel in my own and...

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Is Christ divided?

Jun 22, 2015 by

A July 13, 1995, editorial in this newspaper asked what kind of unity the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church might be able to achieve. A merger was being considered. This would accomplish...

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MC USA collecting funds for two projects

Jun 22, 2015 by

Mennonite Church USA will collect donations at its convention in Kansas City for funds to compensate victims of sexual abuse by church leaders and to support leadership education among racial-ethnic...

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Easy talk, tough walk

Jun 8, 2015 by

As Mennonite Church USA delegates prepare for this summer’s convention in Kansas City, Mennonites on social media are demonstrating passion for conversations around forbearance and the Membership Guidelines....

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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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Owning our choices

May 11, 2015 by

Don Patterson (Letters & Comments, April 13) writes that his congregation, Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church of Kalona, Iowa, is being “forced out” of Mennonite Church USA. That sounds a little...

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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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Not by coercion

Apr 27, 2015 by

I encourage all delegates to the Mennonite Church USA convention to read “Christ-Centered Unity Is Still Possible” by John M. Miller (March 30). He suggests that our “obedience to Jesus” has been...

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MC USA board sends ‘forbearance’ resolution to delegates

Apr 13, 2015 by and

“Forbearance” is the key word of a resolution the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board will send to convention delegates in July. Meeting April 6-8 in Kansas City, Mo., the board approved the resolution...

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Discerning spirit

Apr 13, 2015 by

The rest of the world makes decisions, but the church discerns. If that were just a choice of words, it wouldn’t be important. But Ruth Haley Barton believes the difference goes much deeper. To discern is to...

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Refusing to fight the culture war

Apr 13, 2015 by

The Mennonite Church USA credentialed leaders survey has opened a conversation that research coordinator Conrad Kanagy says highlights a growing divide. Kanagy sees homosexuality as a proxy issue that brings...

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MC USA council endorses unity statement

Mar 30, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Conservative, progressive or a call for unity and tolerance? That was the question for the Mennonite Church USA Constituency Leaders Council as its members weighed three proposed...

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After 10 years, Allegheny reinstates Hyattsville church

Mar 11, 2015 by and

In a 72-70 vote on March 7, Mennonite Church USA’s Allegheny Mennonite Conference reinstated Hyattsville (Md.) Mennonite Church as a full, voting member. The congregation, which takes an affirming stance...

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