A note to people who are white, like me

Hugh Hollowell Jr. is the community pastor at Open Door Mennonite Church in Jackson, Mississippi, where he lives with his wife Renee and two foster children.   I grew up in Mississippi, steeped in sweet tea, white supremacy and the blood of Jesus. And 31 years ago at age 17, I left in search of […]

Justice fund, policing, and protesting

Iris de León-Hartshorn is associate executive director for Operations for Mennonite Church USA.   Thus says the Lord: We have heard a cry of panic, of terror, and no peace.   Jeremiah 30:5 (NRSV) This last week has been a very dark time for our country. Deaths are still rising due to COVID-19, deaths continue to […]

MennoTalks: Putting colorblindness in context

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 […]

MennoTalks: In whose image?

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 […]

Intercultural Development Inventory administrators equipped to serve

IDI now available throughout the church By Jenny Castro (Mennonite Church USA) — Sixteen qualified administrators of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) from across Mennonite Church USA gathered for the first time Aug. 9–11 in Kansas City, Missouri. According to Iris de León-Hartshorn, director of transformative peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA, the IDI is an […]

Líderes de Esperanza para el Futuro piden cambios específicos de políticas y rendición de cuentas

[English] ELKHART, Indiana (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. /Red Menonita de Misión/Agencia Menonita de Educación) — A modo de seguimiento de la quinta reunión anual de Esperanza para el Futuro (HFF, por sus siglas en inglés), el comité de organización del encuentro envió soluciones sobre las políticas y recomendaciones para los líderes de las instituciones […]

Hope for the Future leaders call for specific policy changes, accountability

[Español] ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network/Mennonite Education Agency) — Following up on the fifth annual Hope for the Future (HFF) gathering, the event’s planning committee has sent policy solutions and recommendations to leaders of Mennonite Church USA institutions to recruit, retain, train and educate board and staff members to undo racism and advance […]

El encuentro de la ‘Esperanza’ ofrece un plan específico para el cambio racial/étnico

La quinta reunión anual de líderes generará políticas abarcadoras [English] Por Wil LaVeist HAMPTON, Virginia (Red Menonita de Misión/Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU./Agencia Menonita de Educación) — En el quinto encuentro anual de “Esperanza para el futuro” (HFF, por sus siglas en inglés), realizado del 21 al 24 de enero, hubo un fuerte sentir de […]

‘Hope’ gathering to offer specific plan for Racial/Ethnic change

Fifth annual meeting of leaders will produce comprehensive policies [Español] By Wil LaVeist HAMPTON, Virginia (Mennonite Mission Network/Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Education Agency) — A strong sense that it’s time to turn ideas into action in order to increase Racial/Ethnic diversity among Mennonite Church USA leadership ranks arose at the fifth annual “Hope for the Future” (HFF) […]