MC USA adjusting to smaller convention crowds

Aug 19, 2019 by and

While it is too soon to know how big a financial hit Mennonite Church USA’s convention took due to lower registration in July, denominational leaders are adjusting to the reality of smaller...

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Back to school in Arizona

Jul 29, 2019 by and

After two years locked up and dormant, the former Hopi Mission School in Kykots­movi, Ariz., is again serving students. Now known as Peace Academic Center, the facility has a few finishing touches to go...

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Peace gathering builds partnerships

Jul 29, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jason Boone, Mennonite Mission Network minister for peace and justice, believes 21st-century peacemaking is not about leaders setting the agenda. Rather, it’s about people in the...

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Offering sanctuary, churches put words into practice

Jul 29, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As delegates passed a “Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants” at the Mennonite Church USA convention July 6 (page 11), congregations and organizations shared ways they...

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Seminars get political with calls to care for others

Jul 22, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While some may avoid politics at a family reunion, several pastors faced the issue directly on the Fourth of July at the Mennonite Church USA convention. Many preachers are called to...

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Youthful authenticity

Jul 22, 2019 by

The church is in decline. Statistically, it’s inarguable. But researchers who presented their findings at the Mennonite Church USA convention said the denomination is positioned to turn the trend around, if...

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Suffer each other

Jul 22, 2019 by

Returning to Kansas City, Mo., four years after a contentious convention, members of Mennonite Church USA remarked how much had changed. There was the size of the crowd: 4,680 at the 2015 assembly; 2,839 this...

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Breathing shared air

Jul 22, 2019 by

Mennonite Church USA’s MennoCon19 at Kansas City, Mo., was a reminder of who is still in the room after about a third of the denomination has exited. MC USA has weathered a difficult transition with the...

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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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Delegates expand youth involvement, receive resolution on “abuse of child migrants”

Jul 5, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Youth gained a larger voice in Mennonite Church USA decisions July 5 as delegates approved a bylaw change allowing more 16- to 21-year-olds as voting delegates. Congregations may now...

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Breath of God gives life to Christian community

Jul 5, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Stop doing whatever you’re doing and breathe, before it’s too late. Meghan Good challenged worshipers the morning of July 5 at the Mennonite Church USA convention to be powered not by...

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Delegates study ‘unity of the Spirit,’ offer ideas for peacemaking

Jul 4, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 4 studied the biblical vision for “unity of the Spirit,” heard the announcement of a mission leader’s retirement and offered ideas for the...

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Experiencing God leads to transformation

Jul 4, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — God speaks to people, whether they seek that voice, avoid it or are resigned to missing it entirely. Three people shared stories in morning worship July 4 at the Mennonite Church USA...

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Bible study: ‘The church is a mess. Thanks be to God!’

Jul 3, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On the first day of the Mennonite Church USA delegate assembly July 3, delegates started a Bible study on themes of unity in Ephesians and heard a state-of-the-church message from...

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Convention worship: What is fear afraid of?

Jul 3, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Don’t be afraid, be in community. Citing Christ’s resurrection and victory over death, fear and sin, Dustin Galyon called on Mennonite Church USA participants to break free of being...

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MC USA convention opens as ‘family reunion’

Jul 2, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tuesday evening’s opening worship at the Mennonite Church USA convention had the festive air of what speaker Glen Guyton called “a Mennonite family reunion.” Leaders from Kansas...

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We can resist

May 27, 2019 by

There are at least three reasons I support the H.A. Penner/John Stoner proposal (“We’ll Pay for Peace,” April 15) of discussing a Church Peace Tax Fund at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Kansas...

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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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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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Southeast Conference withdraws

Oct 15, 2018 by and

After a three-year discernment process, delegates of Southeast Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA have voted to leave the denomination. Southeast’s Leadership Board brought the proposal to the...

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Watson: Chance to look ahead

May 7, 2018 by

Glancing at my calendar, I realize it’s already been almost a year since the Mennonite Church USA convention and barely more than a year until the next one. Recently the team planning the 2019 convention in...

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