GAMEO takes multilingual focus and welcomes new leader
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by Camille Dager
1M ago
GAMEO board members at the Mennonite Church USA Offices in Elkhart, Indiana. On Screen: Anicka Fast (Mennonite World Conference), Ken Sensenig (Mennonite Central Committee) Standing: Elizabeth Miller (General Editor; Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism), Aileen Friesen (Incoming Chair; D. F. Plett Historical Research Foundation, Olivia Krall (Mennonite Church USA), Jon Isaak (Outgoing Chair; Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission), Alf Redekopp (Associate Editor) Sitting: Laureen Harder-Gissing (Mennonite Historical Society of Canada), Bert Friesen (Associate Editor). Photo by Mart ..read more
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MC USA offers ministry internships for young adults
Mennonite Church USA
by Jessica Griggs
1M ago
By Jessica Griggs for Mennonite Church USA ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — The Mennonite Church USA Church Vitality office encourages college students and churches to participate in the Ministry Inquiry Program, which pairs students from Bethel College, Bluffton University, Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College and Hesston College with MC USA host congregations across the country for ministry internship. Each year, MC USA and its affiliated colleges are able to support 14 college-age students through the MIP. Students participating in the program set their own ministry goals ..read more
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MC USA’s Women in Leadership recognizes outgoing founding members
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by Jessica Griggs
1M ago
By Jessica Griggs for Mennonite Church USA ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership Steering Committee recently bid farewell to two of the founding members, Linda Gehman Peachey and Erica Littlewolf, after more than a decade of service. The group, which empowers Mennonite women in leadership, especially by centering the voices of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) women, began meeting 2012, after a 2009 church-wide audit revealed a decline in the number of women providing leadership in Mennonite churches. Gehman Peachey and Littlewolf were am ..read more
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MC USA files new amicus brief in support of Apache-Stronghold
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by Camille Dager
1M ago
Photo by Edmundo Mendez Jr. for Upsplash Lea la versión en inglés aquí. ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board and MC USA’s Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference filed an amicus brief on April 25, 2024, in support of Apache-Stronghold’s petition for a new full-court hearing on the potential destruction of Oak Flat, a sacred Indigenous site in Arizona. Nineteen additional churches and organizations also signed on as amici curiae, or friends of the court, including Mennonite Mission Network, Mennonite Men and numerous MC USA-affiliated congregations ..read more
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Native Mennonite Ministries meeting honors faith, language and tradition
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by Camille Dager
1M ago
(From left to right) Pastor Susan Hart, Koinonia Indian Mennonite Church, Okla.; Elder Margaret Behan, Koinonia Mennonite Church, Okla.; Dr. Richard Littlebear, Mont.; Lay Leader John Walksalong and Patty Walksalong, Lame Deer Mennonite Church, Mont.; Pastor Joe Walksalong Jr., Lame Deer Mennonite Church, Mont.; Iris de León-Hartshorn, MC USA associate executive director of Operations and Human Resources; Youth Pastor Teresa Martin, Koinonia Indian Mennonite Church, Okla.; Pastor Suzette Shreffler, White River Mennonite Church, Mont.; Dr. Randy Woodley, co-founder of Eloheh Indigenous Center ..read more
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MC USA launches two podcasts for pastors and leaders
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by Camille Dager
1M ago
MC USA Executive Director Glen Guyton interviews Mennonite Mission Network Executive Director Marisa Smucker for the “Lead/Follow” podcast, while Andrea Rogers of Grassroots Media films. (Photo by Camille Dager.) Mennonite Church USA is launching two new podcasts, aimed at encouraging and equipping today’s pastors and congregational leaders. “Communicating our values is one of our most important roles as denominational leaders,” said MC USA Executive Director Glen Guyton. “We want to use the technology available to share with our members and give them a glimpse of how people are living into ..read more
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POTC launches website for young adults seeking nonmilitary career opportunities
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by Camille Dager
1M ago
POTC has a new website: explorePOTC.org Lea la versión en inglés aquí. Peaceful Options for Training and Careers (POTC) has launched a website (explorePOTC.org) where young adults across the U.S. can find information about non-military career, service and training opportunities. POTC is an independent initiative formed by Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Central Committee to address the widespread issue of military recruitment on high school campuses. “The United States military is in desperate need of recruits,” said Joe Roos, chair of the POTC Steering Committee. “They blanket high ..read more
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MC USA’s Safe Church Ministry offers background checks for congregations
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by Camille Dager
1M ago
Lea la versión en inglés aquí. Mennonite Church USA’s Safe Church ministry is strengthening its commitment to ensuring safe spaces for all members by offering background checks (mennoniteusa.org/background-checks) for church employees and volunteers through an agreement with Safe Hiring Solutions.  “Background checks are important and necessary to protect our faith communities, especially children, youth and vulnerable adults,” said Nancy Kauffmann, interim director of Church Safety at MC USA. “They allow the church community to move forward with more confidence, confirming that their em ..read more
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MC USA Constituency Leaders Council finds hope in facing fears, sharing stories
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by Camille Dager
1M ago
The MC USA Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) reflected on the question, “What does it mean to do church together?” at its biannual meeting at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana, on March 21-23, 2024. Moderator-elect Marty Lehman presided over the meeting, which introduced leaders to MC USA’s new strategic plan, invited them to participate in reinvention exercises, and offered inspiration through storytelling. Fifty-eight leaders, representing area conferences, racial/ethnic groups, constituency groups and MC USA Administration, attended the meeting. Strategic Plan MC USA Executive Dire ..read more
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MC USA files new amicus brief in support of Apache-Stronghold
Mennonite Church USA
by Camille Dager
2M ago
Photo by Edmundo Mendez Jr. for Upsplash ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board and MC USA’s Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference filed an amicus brief on April 25, 2024, in support of Apache-Stronghold’s petition for a new full-court hearing on the potential destruction of Oak Flat, a sacred Indigenous site in Arizona. Nineteen additional churches and organizations also signed on as amici curiae, or friends of the court, including Mennonite Mission Network, Mennonite Men and numerous MC USA-affiliated congregations. Oak Flat is a sacred Indigeno ..read more
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