MEA investments prioritize climate change

Jul 6, 2020 by

Mennonite Education Agency has revised its investment strategy, adopting five stewardship commitments targeting climate change. The MEA Investment Fund manages more than $150 million in endowment assets of 19...

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African American group urges denomination to address racial injustice

Jun 29, 2020 by

The African American Mennonite Association called upon fellow Mennonite Church USA congregations, which are predominately white, to be involved in healing and reconciliation amid the protests that erupted...

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MC USA launches racial justice fund

Jun 29, 2020 by

In the midst of social unrest in the United States, Mennonite Church USA has launched a Justice Fund for individuals and congregations to support MC USA churches involved in dismantling racism, addressing...

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Voices (still) Together?

Jun 29, 2020 by and

The health risks of group singing due to COVID-19 bring unique meaning to the ­title of a new Mennonite hymnal set to launch as many churches across the United States and Canada remain uncertain what worship...

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Renewed minds

Jun 29, 2020 by

Dismantling racism starts with being transformed by a renewing of the mind. Our actions flow from our thoughts, as Rom. 12:2 suggests. Until we change the way we think, we ­remain stuck in racist...

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‘Mosaic’ name celebrates conferences’ reconciliation

Jun 15, 2020 by and

Eastern District & Franconia Conference has become Mosaic Mennonite Conference, a change announced during a conference-wide virtual worship service on Pentecost Sunday, May 31. With about 8,500 members in...

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War-tax resisters

Jun 15, 2020 by

I was glad to see the article “MC USA promotes Church Peace Tax Fund” (May 18). But more broadly, I am grateful that there seems to be a renewed emphasis on the historic peace witness of the Mennonite...

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Love doesn’t cancel anger at injustice

Jun 10, 2020 by

Amid the recent events ­surrounding the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, the latest fatal violence against African Americans, Mennonite Church USA joins in mourning and lament. We lament that...

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We need to engage in more costly peacemaking

Jun 10, 2020 by and

It does not happen often, but I am at a loss for words as cities across the United States burn and as I have endured several weeks of seeing black bodies sacrificed in the name of order and discipline. I am...

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Opening blind eyes

Jun 8, 2020 by

George Floyd’s plea voiced the pain of generations of African Americans. “I can’t breathe,” he gasped as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck, crushing a black man’s life under the...

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Anabaptist World Inc. executive director appointed

Jun 8, 2020 by and

Danielle Klotz of Goshen, Ind., director of marketing and communication for Mennonite Mission Network, has been named executive director of Anabaptist World Inc., the new independent journalistic ministry...

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MC USA promotes Church Peace Tax Fund

May 18, 2020 by

This tax season — which the IRS has extended to July 15 — Mennonite Church USA is highlighting its Church Peace Tax Fund, formerly known as the War Tax Alternative Fund, in an effort to re-engage...

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Grants relieve stress, anguish

May 18, 2020 by , , and

When states began issuing stay-at-home orders and requiring some businesses to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, Pastor Graciela Tijerina called every member of her congregation. “What are your...

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Asia, Middle East director to lead Mission Network

May 4, 2020 by

The ​Mennonite Mission Network board of directors on April 21 announced the appointment of Michael J. Sherrill as executive director. An ordained educator, scholar, administrator and leader, Sherrill has...

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Groups respond to pandemic’s fiscal challenges

Apr 27, 2020 by and

Less than a month after the COVID-19 pandemic led to cancellations and closures in communities big and small, Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA established a “Hope Fund” to help...

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Outsider’s perspective

Apr 20, 2020 by

I appreciated Glen Guyton’s reflections on his life journey from the military to executive director of Mennonite Church USA (“Outsider’s Perspective Shows Value of Belonging,” April 6). With no draft...

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A peace tax fund

Apr 20, 2020 by

Shouldn’t taxpayers have the right not to kill? When we pay our taxes that underwrite warmaking, we are participating in all the killing, destruction and displacement that war involves. Taxpayers praying for...

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Necessary insights

Apr 20, 2020 by

Glen Guyton’s personal story and his quoted comments (“Outsider’s Perspective Shows Value of Belonging,” April 6) give reality to an outlook that I heard long ago and truly believe. Non­ethnic...

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The only issue?

Apr 6, 2020 by

Many Anabaptists in the United States have been in a separatist season, leaving one body of believers for another over LGBTQ inclusion. Separation is based on the idea that if our church is affiliated with a...

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Churches, institutions suspend activities due to virus

Mar 16, 2020 by and

Mennonite churches and other organizations are finding new ways to operate or canceling activities to stem the spread of coronavirus. Colleges are replacing in-person classes with remote classes. Mennonite...

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Guidelines’ future

Mar 9, 2020 by

The Membership Guidelines Advisory Group says: “While we recognize that MC USA does not have the authority to require conferences and congregations to adopt this policy, we invite them to join in this...

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Fog of marriage understandings

Mar 9, 2020 by

To the Mennonite Church USA Constituency Leaders Council: Around your table, discussion will soon take place concerning the work of the Membership Guidelines Advisory Group. Concerning marriage, some...

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Illinois pastors allowed to officiate same-sex marriages

Mar 2, 2020 by and

After a same-sex wedding tested the limits of ambiguity in Illinois Mennonite Conference policies, delegates voted to allow pastors to officiate such weddings at the conference’s annual business meeting Feb....

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Impulsive action

Feb 24, 2020 by

Is not the panel calling for the retirement of the Membership Guidelines encouraging a very dangerous and impulsive action? Scriptures speak often of the seriousness of sexual lust for all manner of people....

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New York peace center doubles as a church plant

Feb 17, 2020 by and

The first rule of real estate can also be the first rule of church planting. But what is coming together in New York City under the working name “Brooklyn Peace Church” is built upon more than...

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