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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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Thoughts on staying together

9.4. 2018 Posted By: Elwood Yoder

At the end of the Virginia Mennonite Conference annual assembly, July 21, assistant moderator Kevin Gasser encouraged us to stay together. Spoken from his heart, unrehearsed and on the spot in front of the delegates, Gasser, pastor of Staunton (Virginia) Mennonite Church, encouraged delegates to “please stay together.” These wise words of counsel from a […]

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As strange as it is beautiful

7.26. 2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

In 1997, I became a member of Metamora (Illinois) Mennonite Church. As part of the membership service, the pastor asked me if I was “willing to give and receive counsel in the congregation.” Standing next to Melissa, my wife, we each answered, “I am.” I still remember that moment. I also remember feeling I was […]

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It’s time to start shouting

7.23. 2018 Posted By: The Mennonite

It’s been estimated that one in five people sitting in church pews on Sunday morning struggle with their mental health: darkness, despair, relentless grief, choking fear, self-loathing. These seatmates are our friends, our family, our elders, our pastors. It’s been me. Maybe it’s been or currently is you. Are our pew-mates who experience persistent mental […]

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