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  • Statement On Immigration 2003 – Mennonite Church USA
    a Church Contact Skip to content MENU Español Give Calendar Directory Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Mennonite Church USA Resources Home Resources Peacebuilding Statement On Immigration 2003 Statement On Immigration 2003 Posted on March 3 2015 Download Resource Categories About Mennonite Church USA Christian Formation Church to Church Relationships Lay Leaders Leadership Development Mission Church Planting Pastors Peacebuilding Statements

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  • Come and See learning tour travelogue – Mennonite Church USA
    day I sat up on my bed and looked eastward through the window The view of both churches and mosque minarets co existing peacefully on the landscape sent shivers down my spine because it did not translate into peace in the hearts of the many individuals who frequent these two places of worship My prayers from the night before had been strongly marked by just one expectation The expectation was for peace and hope for the oppressed The elusiveness of this expectation seemed so tangible that hunger fled and I skipped breakfast that morning In my observation few people around the world have suffered more constant despair hopelessness and daily oppression in the last 50 years than the Palestinians Christians and Arabs living in the state of Israel The various peace accords and agreements reached by International Communities has not led the conflict anywhere but to the multiplication of pain violence and wars In the midst of observing and assessing this dire situation I chose to look unto God In this spiritual exercise and action of seeking the face of God for a lasting solution I found hope in a hopeless situation As I read the bible I found that everywhere in the scriptures we are called to pray for the peace of Jerusalem Even Christ our Lord and Savior wept over the city during his lifetime Psalm 122 6 Luke 19 4 41 48 As we continued the tour I was deeply troubled by the immense suffering and painful stories of unjustified pains afflicted on the Arab Christians For a lasting resolution I prayed even more in my hotel and the Lord gave me Isaiah 62 1 12 to mediate upon That is when I knew that the Lord wants us to give voice to the suffering of our Palestinian brethren and to take action in seeking peace justice and reconciliation between the Israeli and the Palestinian people I also believe the greatest action that we can take is to pray unceasingly to our God who knows that our human efforts and that International Community alone cannot bring lasting peace We need to turn to Him with sincere heart rending prayer When we do then what is impossible for all the nations of the world will reveal itself as a piece of cake for our God All slumbering believers of peace gospel need to wake up from their napping and call upon the Lord in fasting and prayers until God rains down righteousness on the surface of the earth which will cover Jerusalem and all of the regions that surround it Update Reflection from Kathi Oswald I recently had the opportunity to participate in the Come and See tour sponsored by Mennonite Church USA and MCC Through this experience I laughed and cried felt anger at the injustice I saw but also felt peace and joy as we met with people who were so steadfast in their work and so full of love and compassion The injustice the Palestinians

    Original URL path: http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/come-and-see-learning-tour-travelogue/ (2016-02-16)
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  • “Come and See”: Mennonite leaders visit Israel/Palestine – Mennonite Church USA
    visited or served there but most were witnessing the realities for the first time Madeline Maldonado associate pastor of Iglesia Evangélica Menonita Arca de Salvación Fort Myers Fla and board chair for Mennonite Mission Network was a first time visitor to the region Before leaving she shared I hope to experience the culture and the conflict I hope to feel the pain and frustration that are felt there I pray that I can see God in what seems impossible for my Western and Latina mind to comprehend I pray that God opens my eyes Isaac Villegas pastor of Chapel Hill N C Mennonite Fellowship and Mennonite Church USA Executive Board member shared reflections four days into the tour I ve seen too much Towering walls stretching for mile after mile turning Palestinian cities into open air prisons Can I choose not to see the used tear gas canisters I held in my hand used against Palestinian youth bought with my taxes manufactured by a U S company in Pennsylvania In addition to questions about the United States government s involvement in the region the group was encouraged the consider questions of faith in new light Our experience gave us new insight into Jesus life and ministry as well as the current situation said André Gingerich Stoner director of holistic witness and interchurch relations for Mennonite Church USA We return better prepared to pray and work for God s peace and blessing for everyone in this land In 2011 Mennonite Church USA Executive Director Ervin Stutzman in consultation with the Executive Board EB responded to the writers of the Kairos Palestine letter committing to expand opportunities for Mennonite leaders and members to visit Palestine and learn firsthand about the suffering there Stutzman and the EB also wrote a letter to members of Mennonite Church USA asking them to read and discuss the Kairos document to study Scriptures together on the matter and to consider how their financial lives may be enmeshed in the occupation of Palestine by Israel In 2013 the EB underscored its desire to help the church more fully understand both the Israeli and Palestinian experiences and the role of Christian Zionism in this conflict A Come and See fund was established with initial contributions from Mennonite Central Committee U S Mennonite Mission Network and Everence to offer some scholarships for present and future learning tours Individuals agencies and local congregations covered the remainder according to Stoner The next Israel Palestine learning tour is scheduled for October 2014 and will include participants from Franconia Mennonite Conference Eastern District Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference The planning committee is open to proposals for future trips including regional or organizational networks of leaders Learning tour participants included Mennonite Central Committee U S Ann Graber Hershberger Harrisonburg Va board Ed Diller Fort Thomas Ky board Ron Byler Akron Pa staff Mennonite Church USA Executive Board Joy Sutter East Norriton Pa Isaac Villegas Durham N C André Gingerich Stoner Elkhart Ind staff Everence Duane

    Original URL path: http://mennoniteusa.org/news/come-and-see-mennonite-leaders-visit-israelpalestine/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Israel-Palestine Learning Tour Travelogue – Mennonite Church USA
    tear gas canisters I held in my hand The tear gas used against Palestinian kids and youths in Aida Refugee Camp The tear gas bought with my taxes given as a gift to the state of Israel The tear gas canisters manufactured by a U S company in Pennsylvania If you ve learned how please tell me how I can forget what I saw how I can forget what I heard Perhaps Ari Shavit can awaken his great grandfather from the dead and ask him how he did it Andre Gingerich Stoner March 1 Today we traveled to Galilee The city of Nazareth is one of several areas in Israel with significant numbers of Palestinians We enjoyed a first century meal at Nazareth Village Mennonite Mission Network played a decisive role in developing this interpretive center about the life of Jesus We were greeted here by Bader Mansour chair of the Nazareth Village board and leader of Baptist Churches in Israel Ed Diller March 2 Yesterday we spent the day in Nazareth As we walked through the Church of Annunciation we were overwhelmed by the stunning sounds of Ave Maria played on the beautiful pipe organ which filled and reverberated throughout the cathedral See the above photo of MCC Board Chair Ann Hershberger as she listens to the wonderful music in such an inspiring space Later in the evening four friends and I were lost in the hills of Nazareth While we caused our compatriots some worries we had a wonderful time talking with one another It was also interesting to think that Jesus may have looked over the city from the same hills we were climbing This morning we worshiped on a boat on the Sea of Galilee This land and these waters are a part of the story and spiritual heritage of each of us What a wonderful way to physically and emotionally connect with our Biblical history Later we worshiped on the Mt of the Beatitudes where we read and contemplated the Sermon on the Mount Again what an amazing way to connect with that passage that we all have read and heard so often Finally this afternoon we returned to Jerusalem where several of us visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre As we waited to see the spot where tradition says that Jesus was crucified and died we were fortunate to see a group of Orthodox priests perform a ritual near the site This was an extraordinary Sunday that will remain in our hearts and minds What a wonderful opportunity Stanley W Green March 3 In Silwan just outside the Old City walls under the shade of the protest tent we heard the cry Please do not be blind to our plight See our children carry their toys and favorite dresses to school for fear terrified that the bulldozers will come while they are away These ravenous beasts satiated only by demolition and destruction will pulverize the things we treasure most Up the hill around

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  • History of the Corinthian Plan – Mennonite Church USA
    Plan Keith Harder was working as a Denominational Minister for Mennonite Church USA He was asked to head up the project team that worked at implementation Keith stayed on as Director of The Corinthian Plan after implementation Keith brought a rich background of working with pastors and congregations through being a denominational minster for MC USA In addition he brought a history of working with health coverage in MC USA through the Covenant Mutual Benefits Plan COMB However the COMB plan had its limitations as not all Conferences had enough congregations participating to qualify The Corinthian Plan sought to bring coverage to as large a group of pastors and church workers as possible The goal of the planners became not just to find a way for congregations and their staff to have basic coverage but to make an investment in the health and health care of pastors and church leaders First there was a thorough process of testing interest then a planning committee made up of different skills and background sought to put together a program to meet the vision and goals for health coverage Finally MC USA contracted with Everence to administer TCP and also with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to run its provider system and provide other resources In 2009 Keith and a group of Advocates across MC USA helped to get the word out and encourage congregations to strongly consider coming together to share in health coverage through The Corinthian Plan with the following goals All eligible pastors and church workers would have access to health coverage No one is discriminated against for having health or financial problems Pastors can move from one congregation to another in Mennonite Church USA and continue to have health coverage The Corinthian Plan launched coverage for pastors and other church

    Original URL path: http://mennoniteusa.org/what-we-do/the-corinthian-plan/history-of-the-corinthian-plan/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Health Coverage and Forms – Mennonite Church USA
    AZ CA CO DE FL ID IL IN IA KS MD MI MN MT NE OH OK OR PA SD VA WA Employee Enrollment form for all other states 2131086 Ee Enrollment Form CEP MCUSA TCP Non Fraternal NABCO North American Benefits Company Life and disability enrollment form Dental Vision enrollment form for employee Cancellation of coverage Employer HRA Enrollment and EFT Authorization HSA and HRA Information Health Reimbursement Arrangement Everence HSAs A Summary for Employers HRA and HSA Comparison Chart for Congregations Everence HSA Group Contributions HSA Contribution Form HRA Employee Direct Submission Authorization Coverage Information SBC CEP MCUSA 2015 1300 Individual Coverage Embedded Deductible SBC CEP MCUSA 2015 2600 Family Coverage Embedded Deductible SBC CEP MCUSA 2015 1300 Single Coverage HDHP SBC CEP MCUSA 2015 2600 Family Coverage HDHP SBC CEP MCUSA 2015 2000 Single Coverage HDHP SBC CEP MCUSA 2015 4000 Family Coverage HDHP SBC CEP MCUSA 2015 3000 Single Coverage HDHP SBC CEP MCUSA 2015 6000 Family Coverage HDHP Complete plan description Summary of Benefits 2155025 CEP SPD MCUSA HDHP 1 300 Agg Ded 2155025 CEP SPD MCUSA Emb Ded 2155025 CEP SPD MCUSA HDHP 3 000 Agg Ded 2155050 CEP SPD MCUSA HDHP 2 000 Agg Ded Group Term Life Overview Of Group Life And Long Term Disability Group Long Term Disability Insurance Explanation of Benefits Finding a Provider for your Highmark PPO Program Vision Plan Summary Plan Description Vision Plan Summary of Benefits Dental Plan Summary of Benefits Dental Plan Preventive Basic and Orthodontia Coverage Summary Plan Description Dental Plan Comprehensive Coverage Summary Plan Description Highmark Mail Order Pharmacy Benefit Finding the Highmark Drug Formulary Wellness Benefits Resources Highmark website flyer 2015 Highmark Preventive Schedule 2014 Highmark Preventive Schedule addendum Baby BluePrints Maternity Education and Support Program BCBS Complementary Wellness Discount Fitness Program Discounts

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  • Why Mutual Aid Matters – Mennonite Church USA
    exclude anyone for any health reason There would be no underwriting for congregations which joined The Corinthian Plan from the beginning or during open enrollment periods This was before the Affordable Care Act was implemented when health insurers could exclude people from coverage Why this is important is perhaps obvious how could we as a denomination justify putting together a new health coverage program where some would be excluded However how we get there is a little more challenging When premium rates are put together and everyone is included no matter the health care needs premium rates are higher than if those with higher health expenses are excluded Congregations with multiple staff several family and individual premiums are sometimes challenged with cost but also are aware their premiums help support others What has helped to hold together The Corinthian Plan has been this understanding of sharing which has allowed for more to benefit by working together 2 Congregational Subsidies Each congregation participating in The Corinthian Plan pays 10 annually multiplied by their average attendance This contribution goes into the Fair Balance Fund which in turn helps congregations that can t afford to pay their health coverage premiums In addition congregations who want to participate in The Corinthian Plan but whose pastor has other health coverage such as a spouse s plan or Medicare pay a set amount toward ensuring that everyone is guaranteed coverage This also ensures the congregation s access to The Corinthian Plan in the event their pastor s needs would change Why this is important is probably also obvious What sense would it be to have a health coverage plan which some congregations could not afford This plan virtually ensures that congregations which sign up for The Corinthian Plan can also afford their premiums through the support

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  • The Corinthian Plan Subsidies – Mennonite Church USA
    Do The Corinthian Plan The Corinthian Plan Subsidies The Corinthian Plan Subsidies Together we can do more Since its inception in 2010 over 2 million dollars has been shared through The Corinthian Plan to assist congregations carry The Corinthian Plan health coverage Subsidies reduce the monthly premium for qualifying congregations allowing health coverage to be offered to their staff The subsidy benefit covers a cross section of MC USA congregations from rural to urban to new church starts and long standing congregations The subsidy money comes directly from each congregation with health coverage in The Corinthian Plan It is a form of mutual aid Each congregation pays an amount calculated by figuring average attendance times 10 to come to an annual figure This shows up on all participating congregations premium Together we can do more What We Do Mennonite Church USA Archives Archives Collections Archives Mission and Vision Archives Policies Archives Publications Archives Staff Convention 2017 Delegate Resources Leadership Development Congregation Pastor Packets Spiritual Director List Leadership Coaches List Values Based Leadership Program The Corinthian Plan Peacebuilding Israel Palestine Initiatives Peace and Justice Support Network Undoing Racism Communities of Hope Hope for the Future Intercultural Development Inventory Immigration Doctrine of

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