Does church membership have scriptural grounds?

Jul 30, 2019 by

Earlier this year, the Constituency Leaders Council of Mennonite Church USA began a discernment process regarding what ought to be done with the denomination’s membership guidelines. From the brief report...

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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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MMN executive director announces retirement

Jul 22, 2019 by

ELKHART, Ind. — Stanley W. Green, who has served 19 years as executive director of Mennonite Mission Network, will retire at the end of July 2020. The MMN board of directors announced Green’s decision at...

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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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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 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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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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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...

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Kriss: What does it mean to be Anabaptist?

Jun 10, 2019 by

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s recent research expanded the pool of groups included under the Anabaptist umbrella. The Community of Christ has moved toward declaring itself a peace church....

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Religious leaders statement on child deaths in detention

Jun 7, 2019 by

Joining an ecumenical and interfaith coalition effort, Mennonite Church USA executive director Glen Guyton recently signed on to the Religious Leaders Statement on Child Deaths in Detention. Convened by...

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Southeast churches weigh new affiliations

Jun 3, 2019 by and

The congregations of Southeast Mennonite Conference are reanalyzing their future after delegates delayed a decision on where to affiliate. After an 18-8 vote in October to leave Mennonite Church USA, delegates...

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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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600,000 divided by 67

May 27, 2019 by

Does your church have a reason to be? There’s a reason it began, but does it have a purpose today? If your great-grandparents needed a shorter drive for the horse and buggy, that doesn’t count any...

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What’s the difference?

Apr 29, 2019 by

The new LMC seems similar to the old Lancaster Mennonite Conference, which pursued its separate ways, founded its own mission board, enforced strict behavior and in general looked at those who did not believe...

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Who are we?

Apr 29, 2019 by

I was intrigued by Charlie Kraybill’s response to Ryan Ahl­grim (Letters & Comments, April 15 print edition). I don’t hear much these days about promoting peace across the church in general. But...

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‘Mennonite’ isn’t the problem

Apr 26, 2019 by

I could not disagree more strongly with Ryan Ahl­grim’s suggestion that the name “Mennonite” be thrown on the trash heap of history (Blog, “It’s time to change the Mennonite name”). I believe the...

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Connected at the cross

Apr 15, 2019 by and

Connections brought a wooden cross to Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference, and further connections are taking it on a pilgrimage to each congregation. Made of interlocking pieces of wood in contrasting...

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Conduct unbecoming

Apr 15, 2019 by

An open memo to the Mennonite Church USA Constit­u­ency Leaders Council regarding its review of the Membership Guidelines: Please, bring before the delegate assembly of the 2019 convention a resolution to...

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TMI released for possible merger with MWR

Apr 8, 2019 by , , and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In its final in-person meeting before the Mennonite Church USA convention in July, the denomination’s Executive Board on March 31-April 2 unanimously accepted terms to release The...

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Room for difference

Apr 1, 2019 by

I appreciate Paul Schrag’s editorial (“A Common Struggle,” March 12), which says, “Let each [Mennonite Church USA] conference choose whether to allow same-sex marriages and LGBTQ pastors. This is...

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