Kriss: Appreciate your pastor

Oct 14, 2019 by

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. While one month is not enough to show appreciation to pastors, it’s an opportunity to focus on the work, ministry and difficulty of being a pastor. I was called to a...

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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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Seminary interns can’t work for free

Feb 11, 2016 by

This blog post has been on my heart and mind for several years. I often have started writing it, but then refrained from posting for fear of offending others. Yet, in light of the fact that I have posted many...

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MC USA survey reveals divides on inclusion, organization

Jan 5, 2015 by and

A new survey reports credentialed leaders in Mennonite Church USA have diverse views about membership and leadership roles for gay and lesbian people and about how the denomination might organize itself...

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Church based on trust

Apr 14, 2014 by

The recent letter from 150 pastors has become characterized as one of the polarized “sides” in the Mennonite Church USA discussions on sexuality and faithfulness. This is neither nuanced nor accurate....

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150 appeal on behalf of sexual minorities in MC USA

Feb 17, 2014 by and

One hundred fifty Mennonite Church USA pastors and others credentialed for ministry have signed a letter calling on denominational leaders to “change church policies” to “make space for congregations...

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‘Rule of Love’ letter, text and signers

Feb 17, 2014 by

Denominational guidelines exist regarding the conduct of pastors. Those guidelines include consequences for pastors who bless Jesus-followers whose partners are of the same sex. … But speaking as a pastor,...

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