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Tell me your name

12.3. 2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

My husband has a gift of remembering names and faces. He can often even recall where he met someone and through whom he met them. It’s a superpower that I do not possess. In my current role as Mennonite Church USA denominational minister, I encounter so many new names throughout the day — through emails […]

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Open letter to Rabbi Myers, Tree of Life congregation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

10.30. 2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

Dear Rabbi Myers, On behalf of the members and leaders of Mennonite Church USA, I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to those at Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha who lost friends and family members this past weekend during the shooting. It is hard to imagine the pain that you are feeling currently. During times […]

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God of foreigners and strangers

10.29. 2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

A couple years ago, I was crossing the border from Canada into the United States after two days of speaking about the church, the Bible and immigration at Mennonite Central Committee’s Ottawa Office in Ontario. After dozens of tense encounters with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, I’m always a bit nervous when I approach […]

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Mennonite Heritage Sunday will offer lament for the Doctrine of Discovery

10.15. 2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

Worship materials created for Mennonite Heritage Sunday with the theme “Lament in response to the Doctrine of Discovery” are now available at mennoniteusa.org/heritage2018. Heritage Sunday takes place on the last Sunday of each October, Oct. 28 this year, to mark events and people with historical importance in the church, and has focused on a wide […]

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MC USA leaders speak out against sexual violence

10.8. 2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

by Mennonite Church USA staff In 2015, the Delegate Assembly of Mennonite Church USA passed the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse. It says: “We lament that sexual abuse exists not only in our society but also within our own homes, congregations and institutions… “When people violate others sexually, the church is called to be a place […]

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Peace Academic Center: A re-envisioned partnership

10.1. 2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

I snapped back into reality quickly as the motorcyclist sped by me. After eight and a half hours of driving round-trip through mostly secluded mesas, I must confess, my mind wandered a bit as I reentered the dense traffic of Phoenix, Arizona. Apparently I barely missed the biker as I changed lanes. He expressed his […]

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God’s love in action changed my life

9.10. 2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

I still remember that cold and rainy Sunday as we drove to the evening service at our church, Iglesia Mennonita del Cordero. As we drove past the immigrant-homeless shelter, we saw families gathering pieces of cardboard boxes on the side of the road, ready for trash pick up the next morning. My dad slowed down, and […]

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