MC USA director to retire in 2018

Apr 10, 2017 by

Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, has announced his retirement, effective in spring 2018. He has served in the role since January 2010. The announcement came March 30 during the...

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Southeast Conference raises possibility of leaving MC USA

Apr 10, 2017 by and

Southeast Mennonite Conference might leave Mennonite Church USA if the denomination continues extending forbearance indefinitely to members at variance with its teaching on same-sex marriage. At its spring...

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Workers seek to improve interfaith engagement

Mar 27, 2017 by and

AKRON, Pa. — As religious hostility, Islamophobia and anti-Semitic acts surge, a group of interfaith, peacemaking and mission workers from six Anabaptist agencies met to explore ways to improve interfaith...

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What is a peace church? People of color define it

Feb 27, 2017 by and

HAMPTON, Va. — It is time for white leaders and members of Mennonite Church USA to reconsider what it means to be a peace church, participants said at a gathering of people of color in leadership roles. More...

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Who owns the land?

Feb 13, 2017 by

The last sentence in “Hopi School Administrator Expelled from Reservation” (Jan. 16) quoted Karen Pennington, an attorney for the Hopi tribal council, about the land on which the Hopi Mission School...

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Palestinian Mennonite seeks peace through respect

Jan 30, 2017 by and

Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian-American who attends Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, Pa., spoke at a New York City synagogue on Nov. 29. He spoke in favor of Palestinian nationalism — a message he...

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Report cites pastoral protection in Virginia abuse case

Jan 19, 2017 by

An external review of responses to reports of sexual abuse in a Virginia congregation has led Mennonite Church USA staff to conclude the lead pastor acted in ways that protected the alleged perpetrator, to the...

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MC USA to hear voices of youth in convention business sessions

Jan 16, 2017 by and

At the Mennonite Church USA convention in 2015, high school student Leah Wenger questioned the role of youth after noting how separated the youth convention was from the delegate sessions. “My youth group...

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Balancing act

Jan 16, 2017 by

Staking out a middle ground in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict virtually guarantees a barrage of hostility. Angry words flew last month between staunch allies Israel and the United States over a United...

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Hopi school administrator expelled from reservation

Jan 9, 2017 by and

The Hopi tribe has ordered the administrator of Hopi Mission School to leave the reservation, and as far as the tribal council is aware, he has done so. The private kindergarten-to-eighth-grade school in...

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EMU releases report on misconduct response

Dec 5, 2016 by

Eastern Mennonite University announced on Nov. 28 that an external investigation of its response to allegations of sexual misconduct by a former vice president of enrollment found no evidence that...

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What would you do?

Nov 21, 2016 by

I have questions for credentialed church leaders. If you found out your child or grandchild is gay, would you welcome them into your church? Or would you hold the security of your official position more...

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Year after withdrawal, Lancaster Conference gains, loses

Nov 15, 2016 by and

Since Lancaster Mennonite Conference’s decision in November 2015 to withdraw from Mennonite Church USA by the end of 2017, it has received several congregations formerly with MC USA conferences. Moderator...

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Board approves discussion of MC USA’s future

Nov 14, 2016 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — As funds and membership shrink, Mennonite Church USA seeks the wisdom of a crowd. Leaders are planning a “large-group process” for the biennial convention in Orlando, Fla., next...

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The Emmaus scenario

Nov 7, 2016 by

When two travelers failed to recognize Jesus on the road to Emmaus, Jesus put their blurred vision to good use. As recorded in Luke 24, he kept his identity to himself as he taught Cleopas and a companion...

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Reclaiming Scripture

Nov 7, 2016 by

We Anabaptists often say “Jesus is the center of our faith” when describing our distinctive beliefs. In addition to explaining how Jesus is our example for daily living, we use this statement to describe...

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Hispanic group laments losses, charts new course

Oct 31, 2016 by and

The Iglesia Menonita Hispana (Hispanic Mennonite Church) board wants to restructure the organization to better support all Hispanic people throughout Mennonite Church USA. At a meeting planned for Nov. 17-19...

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After first ‘peer review,’ Mennonite Church USA leaders question its value

Oct 19, 2016 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — The licensing of an Ohio pastor who is gay has gone through Mennonite Church USA’s first “peer review.” Whether others will be done is an open question. More than 60 members of the...

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Opinion: Stronger accountability makes the church safer

Sep 26, 2016 by

A Mennonite conference took action this summer to make the church a safer space by enhancing the accountability of its credentialed leaders. Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA, which includes 33...

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Firm to investigate abuse allegation responses for Mennonite Church USA

Sep 19, 2016 by

Mennonite Church USA has contracted with a Delaware firm to investigate how church institutions responded to abuse allegations against a former Eastern Mennonite University administrator. EMU had already begun...

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Impossible dream?

Sep 12, 2016 by

Are Mennonites trying to do the impossible? Maybe, but we shouldn’t give up. We are just beginning to test new ways to live with disagreement on sexuality and to build unity. A couple of positive new...

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Song project fund drive draws on love for ‘606’

Sep 6, 2016 by

A fundraising website for the new song collection for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada has been launched at HymnalProject606.com. The fundraising phase is called Project 606, so dubbed from the...

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Opinion: Uniformity is weakness

Aug 29, 2016 by

While living in Botswana, I talked with a friend who wore a medallion identifying him as a member of the Zion Christian Church. Attached to it was a fringe of blue cloth. I asked what that meant. “I do it...

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Conversations in tension

Aug 29, 2016 by

In the days after the June 12 shooting that took 50 lives at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Fla., there were myriad news reports about dramatic phone and text conversations between people trapped in the club...

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Gay and welcome

Aug 29, 2016 by

The murder of 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., is rapidly fading from our thoughts. But for members of the gay community, the massacre represents more than a random terror attack. It was...

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