Practicing presence, so we can do the work

Lisa Renee Sayre is a registered nurse who works in a harm reduction clinic that serves people with substance use disorders. In addition to a nursing license, she holds a Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theology Seminary. Lisa is a member of Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, where she helps in the church garden, serves as […]

On protesting

J. Denny Weaver is professor emeritus of Religion of Bluffton (Ohio) University where he taught in the Religion Department for thirty-one years. His recent publications are God without Violence, second edition (Cascade Books, 2020) which has a new chapter on nonviolent activism, and additions on Black theology and the Doctrine of Discovery; and Nonviolent Word, […]

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. […]

Mennonite Church USA issues statement on racial injustice

By MC USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) released a statement on racial injustice today in response to events surrounding the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The statement calls for its congregations “to stand in solidarity with communities of color, walk alongside them and, indeed, be led by […]

Prayers of lament: Responding to the violence of racism

By Mennonite Church USA staff As we have witnessed the recent and persistent violence upon black bodies, we are offering this space of collective lament and grief that comes from many voices across Mennonite Church USA (MC USA). Biblical lament shows us how to express deep sorrow, name suffering and cry out for God. “Laments […]

We need to engage in more costly peacemaking

Glen Guyton is the executive director of Mennonite Church USA.   It does not happen often, but I am at a loss for words as cities across the United States burn, and as I have endured several weeks of seeing black bodies sacrificed in the name of order and discipline. I am torn between being […]

Mennonite Church USA statement on racial injustice

By Mennonite Church Executive Board staff Amid the recent events surrounding the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, the latest fatal violence against African Americans, Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) joins in mourning and lament. We lament that this is yet another example of the simmering racial injustice that pervades America, and we pray […]