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  • Orlando 2017 – Mennonite Church USA
    read the following passages When we understand love as the will to nurture our own and another s spiritual growth it becomes clear that we Posted in MennoLove Menno Snapshots Tagged Janie Beck Kreider Love is a Verb Orlando 2017 Leave a comment Executive Board holds second meeting of biennium Posted on February 15 2016 By Janie Beck Kreider Mennonite Church USA Mennonite Church USA Executive Board EB members Cabinet staff and agency leaders gathered Feb 11 13 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel near Chicago Illinois for the second meeting of the 2015 17 biennium In addition to spending time in worship and prayer the EB members passed a statement clarifying Posted in News Tagged 2015 17 biennium A Shared Understanding of Church Leadership Anti Racism Monitoring Team Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective constituency groups Constituency Leaders Council delegate assembly delegates Executive Board forbearance Intercultural Relations Reference Council Mennonite Education Agency Orlando 2017 Purposeful Plan Racial Ethnic Council Resolution on Forbearance in the Midst of Differences Resolution on the Status of the Membership Guidelines resolutions scenario planning six streams of spirituality 1 Comment Orlando then and now Posted on February 5 2016 Scott Hartman is Convention Planning coordinator for Mennonite Church USA This post first appeared on Mennonite Church USA s convention blog In the summer of 2017 the Mennonite Church USA convention will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida It will be 20 years since the last time Mennonites held a convention in Posted in Convention News Menno Snapshots Tagged Orlando 2017 Scott Hartman Leave a comment 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

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  • Email Subscription – Mennonite Church USA
    Mennonite Perspective Find 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 Home Email Subscription Email Subscription Subscribe to our mailing list indicates required Email Address First Name Last Name Categories News Noticias Menno Snapshots WeAreMenno All blogs If you do not select any blog categories you will not receive any updates

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  • Hope for the Future: Angst and expectation, together – Mennonite Church USA
    of the angst is personal As a biracial individual my father is white my mother is Vietnamese I have long felt a sense of belonging but not quite in school at work and yes at church The angst also stems from the larger picture and deep wounds of racism Of how family friends neighbors and strangers of color have dealt with injustices for generations How it s too easy to frame it in terms of history of lessons learned or as someone else s problem How it s so painful for some words can t be found and so shameful for others words aren t found Anabaptists and people of faith aren t immune to this angst far from it Despite our history of religious persecution and our theological opposition to the oppression of others systemic racism is alive and well in our faith community It plagues our denominations congregations and institutions by providing privilege to some and not to others It silently permeates our policies practices and norms It consciously and unconsciously frames our language our theology and our interactions with each other It hurts to talk about it It hurts to think about it It hurts The Hope for the Future Conference didn t take away the hurt nor did it fix once and for all the issues of systemic racism in the church Discussions about power and privilege differences and struggles aren t simple All of us come to the table with different experiences different perspectives and different expectations which can both help and hinder the process But what gives me faith that sense of expectation is that we are trying Through opportunities like the Hope for the Future Conference we are having the difficult conversations And I m glad to see church agencies and institutions including my own employer Everence wanting to be part of this work Because together we are actively looking at what it means to be God s family Together we are earnestly exploring how far we ve come and what we still need to do Together we are wrestling with and shaping how to intentionally grow into the vision of Revelation 7 9 where there will be a great multitude that no one could count from every nation from all tribes and peoples and languages standing before the throne and before the Lamb Together we are being a community doing our best to listen and learn and act to transform the church and our institutions into the whole body of Christ The work is hard and the road is long But we re on the journey Together Share this Facebook Twitter Email Posted in Intercultural Transformation Menno Snapshots Tagged Everence Hope for the Future 2016 Madalyn Metzger Post navigation Orlando then and now El encuentro de la Esperanza ofrece un plan específico para el cambio racial étnico Official comments policy for users of Mennonite Church USA s websites and other social networking tools We reserve the right to remove any comment that

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  • Orlando: then and now – Mennonite Church USA
    people we met with know more about the Mennonites or if they didn t want to reveal their stereotypes One of the memorable components of the 1997 convention was the children s programming The coordinators were focusing on the story of Jonah Children s convention leaders created an inflatable whale The whale was big enough that children could enter its belly to gain a little feel of what Jonah might have experienced It was a great way for the scriptural story to come alive I m excited to see how the children s coordinators help the children grasp our theme in 2017 Love is a Verb In 1997 a couple of days prior to convention we discovered that we had not made any hotel arrangements for the band leading worship for the junior youth I had a room to myself so it was decided that the band would stay with me I was busy working the day the band arrived They checked in and proceeded to the convention center to get set up That evening I came back to the room and went to bed I still hadn t met anyone from the band The next morning I awakened to several sleeping bodies in the room that weren t there when I went to bed I didn t know who they were I got ready and headed to the convention center for the day This pattern of me going to bed in an empty room and waking up surrounded by sleeping people continued for the first few days of convention About halfway through though I happened to overhear a conversation One person indicated that they were staying with someone that they still hadn t met I quickly jumped into the conversation and found out it was one of the people that was sleeping in my room We both joked about how strange it was to be sharing a room with someone that we d only seen asleep To this day one of my biggest fears as a convention planner is that I will forget to get lodging for our volunteers and speakers And I get a big smile on my face every time I see Jason Harrison at convention Some years other conventions are moving in while we are moving out of the convention center Orlando 1997 was one of those conventions The Fraternal Order of Police were following us in that space While we were moving the last of our gear out of a room the FOP was moving several items in We were talking with one of their planners who very nonchalantly asked Carol if the gun laying on the top of several boxes was hers We busted out laughing The guy had no clue that none of us would ever carry a gun In 2017 we will be coming into the convention center right after a basketball tournament Now a basketball is something we Mennonites would be much more likely to carry around the convention center No

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  • Commemorating the Reformation – Mennonite Church USA
    church and other Protestant bodies they are not celebrating the divisions that happened within the church nearly 500 years ago The Lutheran World Federation is approaching the Reformation anniversary in a spirit of ecumenical accountability says LWF General Secretary Rev Dr Martin Junge This event and other commemorations will feature themes of thanksgiving repentance and commitment to common witness to Christ The event will name the gifts of the Reformation and ask forgiveness for the division which followed theological disputes In conjunction with this commemoration Caritas and World Service of the LWF have agreed to a new degree of collaboration in their relief and development work across the globe Rev Junge was one of the ecumenical guests at the Mennonite World Conference Assembly in Harrisburg last summer He has spoken often of how important the Mennonite Lutheran acts of repentance forgiveness and reconciliation that took place in Stuttgart in 2010 were for the LWF Our prayer for this Lutheran Catholic common service in October is that they can experience there also the healing that comes from confession and repentance These groundbreaking acts of understanding and reconciliation between Catholics and Lutherans are a remarkable sign of hope in a fragmented and polarized world As Rev Junge said I m carried by the profound conviction that by working towards reconciliation between Lutherans and Catholics we are working towards justice peace and reconciliation in a world torn apart by conflict and violence I am grateful to count these ecumenical officers who have done much of the heavy lifting in these relationships as friends and colleagues And I am grateful for our Lutheran and Catholic brothers and sisters who see the work for unity as part of their call to faithfulness and an important part of their witness to the world Share this Facebook

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  • Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church – Mennonite Church USA
    get there Everyone has a role to play for the church to be a faithful participant in God s work Is that word getting communicated and is it compelling Shape culture Sam Chand has said that toxic culture trumps vision Church culture is never neutral It is either moving us forward or moving us backward What can you do as a pastor or lay leader to build a positive culture if that is not present Enhance relationships People give to people As a pastor you need to get in front of your people more than just on Sunday Visit members in their homes and in the work place Show an interest in their lives and let them know that all their gifts are needed for the church to be a vibrant and growing community of disciples Communicate impact Are good things happening Then talk about it Affirm the good work of your members and promote a culture of encouragement Even if you are struggling with giving or attendance there are still those who are being faithful in their attendance and giving Make sure people know they are appreciated and find appropriate ways to affirm the congregation for the difference they are making both within and outside the church walls For more ideas on how to develop a culture of giving in your church contact Beryl at beryl jantzi everence com Share this Facebook Twitter Email Posted in Menno Snapshots Stewardship Tagged Beryl Jantzi Everence resoures for stewardship Post navigation SomosMeno menonitas latinos que transforman la iglesia Commemorating the Reformation Official comments policy for users of Mennonite Church USA s websites and other social networking tools We reserve the right to remove any comment that violates this policy The purpose of comments is to engage in constructive dialogue Please provide your

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  • Stop! Look! And Listen! – Mennonite Church USA
    worshipful and playful activities for me is mindful golf Harvey Penick a well known golf teacher said this about golf Have fun When I say have fun on the golf course what I mean is to take pleasure in the game and in your companions and your surroundings Be aware of the trees and the sky and the feel of the earth under your feet Listen for the byplay of your companions Breathe deeply Forget the stock market Enjoy yourself fully while you are inside the boundaries of the golf course a world of its own Sunday golf is especially a time of tangible holy mystery which I miss so easily because I choose to give my judgmental fearful mind to the last bad shot or the threatening water on the left I still find it hard to stop Stopping resting doing nothing playing seemed so very unproductive and wasteful In America doing producing activity and speed are of prime importance When I am able to practice stopping looking and listening I notice that I become more productive responsive and responsible How counterintuitive Thich Nhat Hanh has taught me the benefits of the moment by moment focus on what is happening right now It feels like I am still a beginner in this practice but this practice has enriched me in so many ways As I notice the life of Jesus and Moses I become aware of their persistent practice of mindfulness of Stop Look Listen Across the Scriptures we are invited beyond daily weekday mindfulness to take one full day Sabbath to do nothing but pay attention to the goodness that surrounds us It perplexes me that we find it so difficult to fulfill what should be the easiest commandment Remember the Sabbath as a day when you those you love those who serve you and even the animals are given a day to stop for the root meaning of the Hebrew word Shabbat is to stop This is not a day to fill with activities that we haven t done on the other six days This is a day to Stop Look Listen When we Stop Look and Listen we are able to really appreciate the mundane things in our lives to remember the blessings and benefits we have received and to become thankful for all the good undeserved things that surround us Only when I Stop Look and Listen can I worship give my blessing to others and be truly thankful For me Sabbath is truly a holy day a sacramental day when I actively rest and that is not an oxymoron For one full day I am invited to put all distractions and idolatry aside Remembering Idolatry is simply the devil s WMDs weapons of mass distraction Sabbath is a day to do eucharist remembering that the root of this word from Greek means good grace or giving thanks This is a day in which I appreciate creation instead of depreciating it a day of tasting

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  • Leadership Development – Mennonite Church USA
    every other year for development staff of organizations large and small It was an excellent event where the role of development staff was validated and celebrated as a vital connection between the mission of the Posted in Leadership Development Menno Snapshots Tagged pastors Terry Shue 3 Comments Searching for signs Posted on November 24 2015 Nancy Kauffmann is a denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA The theme for Atlantic Coast Conference Annual Assembly was Searching for Signs using Deuteronomy 6 1 9 Significant events create markers or signs in our lives How we react will leave signs for others to read were the opening words to a video created for Atlantic Coast Posted in Leadership Development Menno Snapshots Tagged Atlantic Coast Conference Nancy Kauffmann Searching for signs 1 Comment Leaders integrate personal story faith and style to shape effective leadership practice Posted on November 11 2015 GOSHEN INDIANA MHS Individuals working in health and human services education missions international relief and development area conferences congregations and businesses met Oct 27 29 at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center in Mount Pleasant Pennsylvania for Session 1 of the Values based Leadership Program Leaders from diverse settings gained fresh perspective on their leadership stories and styles seen through Posted in Leadership Development News Tagged Laurelville Mennonite Church Center MHS Values Based Leadership Program Spiritual disciplines and the dance of God s spirit Posted on September 9 2015 Terry Shue is director of Leadership Development for Mennonite Church USA I woke up in a bad mood It doesn t happen often and I cannot easily trace back to the cause of my crotchety emotional state It may have been thoughts swirling in my mind of the changing church it may have been the late Posted in Christian Formation Leadership Development Menno Snapshots Tagged Christian formation discipleship discipline Terry Shue 1 Comment Board members affirmed appointed at biennial Delegate Assembly Posted on July 30 2015 ELKHART Ind Mennonite Church USA The following first term nominees for churchwide boards were affirmed July 1 during Mennonite Church USA s June 30 July 4 2015 Delegate Assembly in Kansas City Missouri All terms are four years in length David Boshart Wellman Iowa moderator elect two years moderator 2 years Executive Board Diane Zaerr Brenneman Wellman Iowa Executive Posted in Convention News Leadership Development News Tagged board members delegate assembly Everence Executive Board KC2015 Leadership Discernment Committee MennoMedia Mennonite Education Agency Mennonite Mission Network MHS nominees The Mennonite Staying the Course How spiritual direction keeps me grounded in the midst of uncertainty Posted on May 28 2015 For more than a year the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network has been posting brief articles about spiritual direction testimonies that witness to the potential of spiritual direction for encouraging and deepening spiritual growth Now the focus of these testimonies expands In addition to continuing articles about spiritual direction the series will also include brief Posted in Christian Formation Leadership Development Menno Snapshots Resiliency Posted on May 15 2015 Terry Shue is director of

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