The power and privilege in our midst

Hannah Heinzekehr is the Communications Program Director at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She attends Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship in Goshen, Indiana.   I’m sitting down to write this blog post in the midst of a moment in time where racism’s deadly consequences are on full display. […]

MC USA celebrates historic installation of Glen Guyton, first African American ED

GOSHEN, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Glen Guyton was installed as executive director (ED) of Mennonite Church USA on Aug. 18, 2018 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana. The service celebrated the beginning of his tenure as ED, which began May 1.   Guyton is the first African American to serve as executive director of […]

MennoTalks: Making a way out of no way

At the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando in July, planners tried something new. Something they called MennoTalks. Not quite TED and not exactly Pecha Kucha, MennoTalks explored a different topic each day, featuring speakers from diverse perspectives. Topics included Celebrating Women (Wednesday); Race, Religion and Justice (Thursday); and Local and Global Peacemaking (Friday). Over […]

Faith online: Cultivating healthy habits

We are a plugged-in society, and that’s not changing. Increasingly, our interaction is happening primarily through social media. In so many ways this is fantastic — our networks are bigger, we can stay in touch with so many people. But as communication and relationships shift to the digital sphere, how do integrate our real lives and […]

MennoTalk challenge to church: Honor gifts of women

by Erin Bradley for Mennonite Church USA Wednesday kicked off the first convention MennoTalk with a panel of five who paid tribute to 100 years of Mennonite women in the church. The five women discussed past personal and female accomplishments, struggles and celebrations. Alma Ovalle, who serves on the board of Mennonite Women USA, and […]

CLC meetings

CLC meeting tests the Future Church Summit model

Note: This article first appeared in The Mennonite. By Hannah Heinzekehr ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) Eschewing their usual agenda, members of the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) spent their last meeting of the biennium testing a large-group visioning process that will be used at the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando this July. Around 70 […]

Seven (or eight) questions with…Larry Hauder

Larry Hauder is a member of Mennonite Church USA Executive Board. This post originally appeared on TheMennonite.org as part of its Seven Questions series. Seven question interviews are compiled by Hannah Heinzekehr. Name: Larry Hauder Congregation: Hyde Park Mennonite Church, Boise, Idaho Occupation: Experimenting with retirement, involved in consulting work, landlord for a number of […]

Seven questions … with Sam Voth Schrag

  Sam Voth Schrag is a member of Mennonite Church USA Executive Board. This post originally appeared on TheMennonite.org as part of its Seven Questions series. Seven question interviews are compiled by Hannah Heinzekehr. Name: Samuel Voth Schrag Occupation: Pastor at St. Louis Mennonite Fellowship and member of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board 1. […]

Seven questions with … Diane Zaerr Brenneman

Diane Zaerr Brenneman is a member of Mennonite Church USA Executive Board. This post originally appeared on TheMennonite.org as part of its Seven Questions series. Seven question interviews are compiled by Hannah Heinzekehr. Name: Diane Zaerr Brenneman Congregation: West Union Mennonite Church, Kalona, Iowa 1. Can you think of one person from the congregation you […]

Seven questions with … Joyce Kusuma

Joyce Kusuma is a member of Mennonite Church USA Executive Board. This post originally appeared on TheMennonite.org as part of its Seven Questions series. Seven question interviews are compiled by Hannah Heinzekehr. Name: Joyce Kusuma Occupation: Nurse Practitioner and member of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board Congregation: Upland (California) Peace Church 1. Did you […]