New Mexico church calls first openly LGBTQ lead pastor in MC USA

Sep 19, 2017 by and

Albuquerque (N.M.) Mennonite Church has called an openly LGBTQ person to be their lead pastor, becoming the first congregation to do so in Mennonite Church USA. The church of about 150 attenders announced...

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Watershed disciples reimagine the good life

Feb 27, 2017 by and

Todd Wynward of Taos, N.M., describes himself as “a serial social entrepreneur.” Licensed by Mountain States Mennonite Conference as a minister for watershed discipleship, he directs the Taos Initiative...

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Shocking ordination

Jan 30, 2017 by

I am shocked and profoundly disturbed by the ordination of lesbian Theda Good at First Mennonite Church of Denver by Mountain States Mennonite Conference leaders (Jan. 2). This is a disgrace for the Mennonite...

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Streams in the desert

Aug 29, 2015 by

ABIQUIU, N.M. — Amid redstone cliffs and piñon forests, the annual assembly of Mennonite Church USA’s Mountain States Mennonite Conference Aug. 7-9 at Ghost Ranch had twice as many registrants as...

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Mountain States, Mexican conferences start a relationship

Dec 29, 2014 by

A Mennonite conference in Mexico has initiated a relationship with Mountain States Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. Jaime Lázaro, director of Mountain States’ SEED (Seek, Explore, Encourage and...

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Another conference to license gay pastor

Oct 27, 2014 by and

A second Mennonite Church USA area conference intends to license a pastor in a same-sex relationship, potentially putting it at odds with an Executive Board directive. Central District Conference plans to...

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Ohio resolution asking for discipline falls short

Aug 11, 2014 by and

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — An Ohio Conference resolution asking Mennonite Church USA to remove Mountain States Mennonite Conference from membership if it does not reverse its decision to license a lesbian minister...

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Looking for grace

Aug 4, 2014 by

On Aug. 1-3, Mountain States Mennonite Conference, the conference I am part of, will be hosting its annual assembly. This year’s assembly will be closely watched by Mennonites from across the U.S. and...

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A letter to the MC USA Executive Board

Aug 1, 2014 by

Author’s note: I did not write what follows intending it to be an open letter. Given the strong encouragement by a small circle with whom I shared it for feedback, however, I agreed to share it more...

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Ohio resolution proposes sanctioning Mountain States

Jul 21, 2014 by and

Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA is urging its member congregations to study the topic of sexuality in preparation for a special delegate session Aug. 9. The session will consider a resolution that was...

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Integrity in jeopardy

Jul 7, 2014 by

I have known many “beliefs” the Mennonite Church had about what were “sins” that now seem archaic. All were backed by Scripture. Women were not to cut their hair nor wear jewelry; women had to wear the...

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Homeless ministries still going strong in Denver

Jul 7, 2014 by and

At the end of June, half of Glennon Heights Mennonite Church in Lakewood, Colo., volunteered in some way to help five homeless families stay off the streets for a week. They do this four times a year at...

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MC USA won’t recognize Colorado pastor’s licensing

Jul 1, 2014 by and

The Mennonite Church USA national conference will not recognize the licensing of a Colorado pastor in a committed same-sex relationship. MC USA announced the decision July 1 by the Executive Board at its June...

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Who we call matters

Jun 23, 2014 by

I’ve stepped into a new area of responsibility in my role working alongside pastors in Franconia Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. This role change, which began in November, has to do with...

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Dismantle the church?

Apr 28, 2014 by

God is dismantling the church as we know it, some Mennonite leaders believe. They envision a church torn down and rebuilt by God. They picture old structures demolished and a fresh wind of the Spirit blowing...

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Everyone that loves is born of God and knows God

Apr 2, 2014 by

Have you ever felt like everyone seemed to be talking about you but no one was willing to talk to you about something that directly affected you? It can knock you off your game. Have you ever been the target...

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Does the Spirit need our Towers of Babel?

Mar 31, 2014 by

I’m grateful for an independent MWR serving the people of the church, especially on topics like Eastern Mennonite University’s “trial balloon” on hiring gay faculty and Mountain States Mennonite...

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Leaders ask: New ways to relate?

Mar 26, 2014 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Amid controversy over the licensing of a lesbian pastor, leaders from across Mennonite Church USA asked the Executive Board to explore new models for relationship among area conferences...

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Lancaster to re-evaluate relationship to MC USA

Mar 24, 2014 by and

The Lancaster Mennonite Conference Board of Bishops has called for the conference to re-evaluate its relationship to Mennonite Church USA. “For many in Lancaster Conference, the question of our...

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MC USA members speak out to director

Mar 21, 2014 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Ervin Stutzman has received hundreds of emails from people across the range of opinion on homosexuality. “This has been a time of learning for me over the past three months,” the...

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Trust the Spirit

Mar 21, 2014 by

It is difficult to understand why the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board cannot trust the Spirit to work in congregations and conferences that do not agree with it. Board members seem to think “the...

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Task force prepares for leaders to discuss Mountain States action

Mar 17, 2014 by

ELKHART, Ind. — The Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA has appointed a task force to frame questions for discussion at the March 20-22 Constituency Leaders Council meeting in North Newton, Kan., in...

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Media control

Mar 3, 2014 by

At its recent meeting in Harrisonburg, Va., the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board might have modeled the faithful discernment the church needs to find its way through contentious issues. But you would...

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MC USA board to review Mountain States Conference decision

Mar 3, 2014 by and

The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has appointed a task force to review Mountain States Mennonite Conference’s decision to license a pastor in a committed same-sex partnership. The announcement was...

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Promises made

Feb 17, 2014 by

Once again anxiety has risen in Mennonite Church USA over issues of homosexuality. When this happens, it is important to remember the covenant members have made. Part of the covenant is easy to recall. It is...

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