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  • Peace and Justice Support Network – Mennonite Church USA
    What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Peace and Justice Support Network Category Peace and Justice Support Network How now do we speak Posted on October 29 2015 Jason Boone is the coordinating minister of the Peace and Justice Support Network a joint project of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Mission Network A friend of mine asked me recently What are you Mennonites saying about school shootings I had a lengthy response I named individuals and congregations who ve done extensive work addressing gun Posted in Holistic Witness Menno Snapshots Peace and Justice Support Network Tagged Jason Boone Mennonite Central Committee Peace and Justice Support Network peacebuilding Rawtools school shootings Syria violence 2 Comments Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October

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  • peacebuilding – Mennonite Church USA
    Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home peacebuilding Tag peacebuilding How now do we speak Posted on October 29 2015 Jason Boone is the coordinating minister of the Peace and Justice Support Network a joint project of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Mission Network A friend of mine asked me recently What are you Mennonites saying about school shootings I had a lengthy response I named individuals and congregations who ve done extensive work addressing gun Posted in Holistic Witness Menno Snapshots Peace and Justice Support Network Tagged Jason Boone Mennonite Central Committee Peace and Justice Support Network peacebuilding Rawtools school shootings Syria violence 2 Comments Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August

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  • school shootings – Mennonite Church USA
    What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home school shootings Tag school shootings How now do we speak Posted on October 29 2015 Jason Boone is the coordinating minister of the Peace and Justice Support Network a joint project of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Mission Network A friend of mine asked me recently What are you Mennonites saying about school shootings I had a lengthy response I named individuals and congregations who ve done extensive work addressing gun Posted in Holistic Witness Menno Snapshots Peace and Justice Support Network Tagged Jason Boone Mennonite Central Committee Peace and Justice Support Network peacebuilding Rawtools school shootings Syria violence 2 Comments Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015

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  • CLC wrestles with role as elders during first meeting of biennium – Mennonite Church USA
    whole he said How many congregations should we be willing to lose We have already lost 70 Should we be willing to lose another 100 Two women both of whom are pastors in Lancaster Mennonite Conference spoke about the pain of not having a voice in the decision to leave Mennonite Church USA In LMC s current structure only bishops have the power to vote on these matters and only men are allowed to serve as bishops I don t like struggle obviously said Dawn Winey associate pastor of Mount Joy Pennsylvania Mennonite Church At the same time I m okay if our conference needs to struggle with what happens to those who may no longer be welcomed if this proposal passes Help us was the plea of Karen Sensenig pastor of Habecker Mennonite Church in Lancaster The voice of Lancaster Conference will become more homogeneous lacking the voice of women and others in diversity What about those of us who care deeply about broader connections beyond the conference Lancaster Conference is broken she continued Healing is always painful but it is also hopeful I maintain hope that in this breaking apart that there will be a new kind of coming together that will invite us all to more fully be a part of the mission of God North Central Conference of the Mennonite Church Jesse Swiers North Central Conference moderator spoke last Swiers explained the process of consensus by which his conference chose to part ways with Mennonite Church USA He also expressed the struggle of separation from a body of people he loves and from people who have been his spiritual mentors The recommendation to leave is the only thing that would ve kept us together If we would ve stayed there would ve been four or five congregations left he explained After the decision I felt a freedom that I can t really express even though my heart was breaking This time of sharing ended with a litany of blessing and prayer for Franklin North Central and Lancaster conferences Encouraging diversity Reflections from the Listening Committee s report included concerns that this CLC meeting had less Racial Ethnic diversity than in the past Later while sharing final group reflections Shannon Dycus co pastor of First Mennonite of Indianapolis and a CLC representative from Indiana Michigan Mennonite Conference said she felt unsettled by Karen Sensenig s painful sharing and by the reality that the table is not open to LGBTQ voices Joy in the midst of challenges The expansion of your role might feel like a scary thing commented Stutzman in his ending remarks It is difficult to be subjected to the criticisms that come along with leading in a time of conflict As the CLC members were sent out CLC Chair and Moderator elect David Boshart of Wellman Iowa encouraged the scattering body to remember their baptismal birthright in the midst of challenging times I am hoping for the day when God will renew our relationships and

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  • Frequently Asked Questions about KC2015 Delegate Assembly Resolutions: Part Two – Mennonite Church USA
    by an area conference in response to actions by a credentialed minister and the Executive Board extended its use to designate area conferences at variance if when their leadership makes decisions that do not support the Membership Guidelines Unless the CLC advises the board differently we will continue to use this designation for persons or groups who do not hold to the beliefs or standards outlined in the Membership Guidelines as long as they are in place The Executive Board intends to wait for further counsel from the CLC before making any formal changes such as recognition of credentials of persons or groups currently labeled at variance 5 What if anything has changed for area conferences and the implications of making decisions that might be seen as at variance with the current denominational documents What are the practical implications of being at variance Area conferences have approached this matter very differently from each other Some who would be designated as being at variance have been emboldened by the adoption of the forbearance resolution They are proceeding to adopt or enact policies at variance with the Membership Guidelines Others are making preparations to leave Mennonite Church USA because they don t want to be part of a denomination that allows other congregations or area conferences to be at variance at least without stricter sanctions 6 How will the role of the CLC change if at all because of these two resolutions passing Is the CLC structured and ready to step up to this new task Will it hinder the ability of CLC participants to have honest frank conversations if there are decisions that result from these conversations Will this indeed give CLC an increased amount of authority As part of the agenda for their October 2015 meeting CLC members carefully considered the implications of their designated role as a body of elders for the broader church Part of their deliberation was based on a biblical and theological study on eldership by Robert J Jack Suderman former general secretary of Mennonite Church Canada They do not intend to engage in any peer reviews until after their March 2016 meeting So it remains to be seen just how the CLC will adapt to this new reality 7 Will congregations or area conferences who are planning to leave Mennonite Church USA have a way to stay connected to the denomination in some alternative form Up to this point we have not made any provisions for formal connections with congregations or area conferences who leave Mennonite Church USA Of course there are many informal means such as attendance at our conventions or participation in other meetings that are open to the public And groups who leave may benefit from some of the services provided by our churchwide program agencies such as The Corinthian Plan If the Executive Board decides to develop a more formal means of connection with groups who leave it would likely require a change in our bylaws 8 Will congregations or area

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  • at variance – Mennonite Church USA
    about KC2015 Delegate Assembly Resolutions Part Two Posted on October 26 2015 Ervin Stutzman is the executive director of Mennonite Church USA Printable PDF version Español Oct 26 2015 1 The first resolution on Israel Palestine was tabled Another resolution A statement of support for our Palestinian and Israeli partners in peacemaking received unanimous support on Saturday What were some of the concerns raised by the delegates Posted in Menno Snapshots Tagged A statement of support for our Palestinian and Israeli partners in peacemaking area conferences at variance BMC Brethren Mennonite Council bylaws constituency group Constituency Leaders Council delegate assembly Executive Board FAQs Frequently asked questions KC2015 Membership Guidelines Resolution on Forbearance in the Midst of Differences Resolution on Israel Palestine Resolution on the Status of the Membership Guidelines resolutions Resolutions Committee role of elders Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of

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  • #WeAreMenno: On Mennonite maternal collaboration – Mennonite Church USA
    Mothering Mennonite Through the recommendations of colleagues I found my way to my co editor Kerry Fast She and I brought different perspectives to the project she a religious studies scholar professional editor and childless Canadian with ties to Old Order communities and I an artist and feminist art historian mother of three living in the U S but our varied backgrounds offered a stronger multidisciplinary critical eye for our roles as editors When an essay needed greater religious or historical context Kerry knew which scholar s writings would be most helpful to the essayist just as I could point the author to potentially relevant writings in maternal studies Our contributors too became our collaborators as we wrestled with critical analyses of the intersections of Mennonites and mothering Historians educators social workers creative writers students retirees women and men each brought their own background and perspectives to our shared topic as we asked questions pushed ideas forward and worked together to strengthen writing And in this way collaboration also offered a challenge to me to consciously move outside of myself and remember that my maternal experiences are not the same as those of many others This collaboration with a diverse group of authors influenced our understanding of the book itself which Kerry and I had planned to call Mennonite Mothering As the book took shape our many and varied maternal experiences became a strong underlying theme Mennonite Mothering sounds like one singular entity as if there is only one religiously ethnically culturally correct way to be a Mennonite Mother By swapping the words from Mennonite Mothering to Mothering Mennonite Kerry and I hoped to convey more clearly that the two words the two ideas can be combined in many ways whether in Old Colony communities in Mexico and Canada or in culturally assimilated North American groups or in broader understandings of Mennonite as an ethno religious or family heritage A number of our writers addressed what Mothering Mennonite can mean when one is not in fact a mother drawing attention to voices often marginalized within the church single women and men couples who face infertility and child loss and couples who may choose to remain childless The collaborative working and thinking on this topic has been on going In churches at conferences and in small group setting I have heard continued interest in discussing analyzing and questioning memories and cultural understandings of Mennonites and maternal work None of this however would have been possible without the initial collaboration with my co editor Kerry which in hindsight seems like a metaphor for a larger lesson about working with other people Our work together happened through phone calls lengthy emails and many virtual exchanges of documents and each time we communicated I was surprised and pleased by the ways in which her skills complemented my own and filled in the gaps in my knowledge Too often we try to go it alone We take care of only ourselves or we are reluctant

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  • Bethel College – Mennonite Church USA
    in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged Bethel College Kerry Fast Mothering Mennonite Rachel Epp Buller Urban rural partnership reaps benefits for the wider church Posted on June 28 2012 Agri Urban program has raised nearly 5 5 million over more than 40 years Versión en español By Carol Duerksen Newton Kan Mennonite Church USA Alan Entz of First Mennonite Church in Newton Kan walks along the feed bunk bucket in hand trying to feed the cattle and pose per the instructions of the photographer The camera needs Posted in News Tagged Alan Entz Bethel College Carol Duerksen Dwight Flaming Elbing Grace Hill Mennonite Church Herman Janzen Maynard Knepp Mennonite Agri Urban Mennonite Church USA Randolf Flaming Russ Janzen Western District Conference Whitewater Zion Mennonite Church Sociedad urbano rural genera beneficios para toda la iglesia Posted on June 28 2012 Un programa agrourbano ha recaudado casi 5 5 millones en más de 40 años English version Por Carol Duerksen Newton Kansas Iglesia Menonita de EE UU Alan Entz de la Primera Iglesia Menonita de Newton Kansas camina por el comedero balde en mano tratando de alimentar al ganado y posar de acuerdo a las indicaciones del fotógrafo Posted in Noticias Tagged Agri Urban agrourbano Alan Entz Bethel College Carol Duerksen Conferencia Western District Día de Granja Dwight Flaming Elbing Grace Hill Mennonite Herman Janzen Iglesia Menonita de EE UU Kansas Maynard Knepp Newton Randolf Flaming Russ Janzen Whitewater Zion Mennonite Church 1 Comment Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Español Recent Noticias Enviados 2016 Un encuentro de menonitas que plantan comunidades centradas en Jesús Yo tengo el poder será el tema de la segunda conferencia de Mujeres Haciendo Teología El encuentro de la Esperanza ofrece un plan específico para el cambio racial étnico SomosMeno menonitas latinos que transforman la iglesia Se forma un

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