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Replacing the songs of David Haas

This article is part of our series on Voices Together, a new worship and song collection coming fall 2020 from MennoMedia, in partnership with Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada.   By Katie Graber, Sarah Kathleen Johnson, Anneli Loepp Thiessen   MennoMedia released a statement on Tuesday: in response to credible accusations of sexual […]

The prick of compassion

Melanie Neufeld works alongside her husband Jonathan, seeking justice in the City of Seattle as pastors of Community Ministry at Seattle Mennonite Church.   “May the prick of compassion be the hammer that helps us drive our nails straight” I googled this quote as I wondered where it came from and could not find it […]

“If you pray for peace, why pay for war?”

Following peace prayers with action   Sylvia Shirk has been a Mennonite pastor since 1990. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she works as a district pastor and court interpreter part-time. She enjoys living close to four grandchildren, two daughters and other family members.   Tax Day, April 15, has become one of my favorite […]

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Mennonite Church USA hosts panel discussion on dismantling racism

By MC USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) — The leadership team of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) is hosting Race, Church and Change, an interactive panel discussion on the impact of racism in the church and meaningful approaches to dismantling it. Featuring a diverse panel of speakers, the online event will be held via Zoom (and simultaneously broadcast via Facebook Live) on Thursday, June 25 from 6:30-8 p.m. EDT /3:30-5 p.m. PDT. Participants may submit questions for […]

The discipline and practice of white caucusing

Tobin Miller Shearer is a history professor and the director of African-American Studies at the University of Montana. He is the co-founder – along with Regina Shands Stoltzfus – of the Damascus Road Anti-Racism Process. His blog is Truth and Grace.   I remember my first white caucus. I felt a palpable tension as I […]

Mennonite Church USA launches new Justice Fund

By MC USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) — In the midst of significant social unrest in the United States, Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) has launched a Justice Fund to provide a way for individuals and congregations to support MC USA churches that are actively involved in dismantling racism, addressing police brutality, reimagining policing in […]

MCEC Announces Ministerial Misconduct

By MCEC staff Republished from Mennonite Church Eastern Canada KITCHENER, ON (Mennonite Church Eastern Canada) — Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) received complaints of ministerial misconduct and ministerial sexual misconduct against Wilmer Martin, a credentialed pastor. MCEC investigated the allegations of misconduct according to the denominational protocol, Ministerial Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure. As stipulated […]

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Renewing a NYC peace witness in perilous times

By Laurie Oswald Robinson, Mennonite Mission Network NEWTON, Kansas (Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church USA) — When Mennonite Mission Network’s church-planting coach Mauricio Chenlo attended the 60th anniversary of Primera Iglesia Menonita de Brooklyn in New York City last August, he did not yet know the Spirit’s plans for the future. It did not […]

Reflections on protesting and faith

By Frank Scoffield Nellessen and Eric Schnitger This conversation comes from Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference.   Frank Scoffield Nellessen is a Guatemalan mestizo immigrant learning to decolonize and heal himself and his communities. He and his wife are members of Pasadena Mennonite Church and he works gang prevention in Los Angeles, California. Eric Schnitger is […]

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African American Mennonite Association urges MC USA to address racial injustice

By MC USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) — African American Mennonite Association (AAMA) called upon fellow Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) congregations, which are predominately white, to be actively involved in promoting healing and reconciliation amid the protests that have erupted since the violent racial killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. […]