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  • August 2015 – Mennonite Church USA
    out of a final project that Hilary Scarsella completed in 2012 Posted in WeAreMenno News Tagged alternative liturgy AMBS Carolyn Holderread Heggen David Miller Eleanor Kreider Hilary Scarsella John Rempel Lord s Supper Minister s Manual Rhoda Keener Sexual Abuse survivors 5 Comments Women in Leadership Project determines direction for the future Posted on August 26 2015 By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART Indiana Mennonite Church USA Leaders of Mennonite Church USA s Women in Leadership Project WLP met Aug 5 8 in Sarasota Florida to plan the next steps for the project Areas of focus include planning a second Women Doing Theology conference creating an undoing sexism training strengthening the project s web presence and inviting Posted in News Women in Leadership Tagged All you need is love Jenny Castro Mennonite Church USA steering committee Women Doing Theology conference Women in Leadership Project 1 Comment Save the date Posted on August 25 2015 Mauricio Chenlo is denominational minister for church planting a shared position of Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church USA Executive Board This summer in Kansas City church planters coaches and conference leaders from Pennsylvania to Florida and California to Oregon met to share stories and encouragement and to make plans for a Mennonite Church USA church Posted in Church Planting Menno Snapshots Tagged church planting Church Planting Summit 2016 Gulf States Mennonite Conference Iglesia Amor Viviente Mauricio Chenlo WeAreMenno Christians living out our faith through a Mennonite perspective Posted on August 24 2015 Kelly Bates Oglesby is grateful to share life with her husband Herman She is lead pastor of Parkview Mennonite Church in Kokomo Indiana Kelly is committed to cultural competence reconciliation ministry and pastoral care Parkview Mennonite Church is comprised of a diverse array of people who trod different special paths to become part of Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged Kelly Bates Oglesby Parkview Mennonite Church 2 Comments God s presence in a new reality Posted on August 20 2015 Nancy Kauffmann is a denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA Recently a violent storm hit my life ripping through my heart and shaking the foundation of my faith when my husband Joel suddenly and unexpectedly died I was thrust into a new reality where nothing looked familiar I was angry at God for taking Joel Posted in Christian Formation Menno Snapshots Tagged end of life resources Joel Kauffmann Nancy Kauffmann 5 Comments Spiritual practices create balance Posted on August 18 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 In addition to continuing articles about spiritual direction the series will also include brief articles about spiritual practices that renew our Posted in Christian Formation Menno Snapshots Tagged balance Balance Resource Cards Deanna Waggy Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network still points Reclaim meaning in what matters most Joy in parenting from a mother s perspective Posted on August 13 2015 Aveani

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  • July 2015 – Mennonite Church USA
    of the Peacemaker and Transforming Conflict and Violence She is co founder of the Roots of Justice Anti Oppression program formerly Damascus Road This has been an Posted in Menno Snapshots Women in Leadership Tagged Black Lives Matter Regina Shands Stoltzfus 27 Comments WeAreMenno Being Mennonite Posted on July 27 2015 Asia Frye is a seminary student through the Connect program at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary She lives in Hillsboro Kansas with her husband and two daughters Their family attends First Mennonite Church where Asia previously served as youth pastor before becoming a full time student She likes table top games climbing driving in the demo derby Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged A Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective Asia Frye culture Mennonite World Conference World Directory 4 Comments What do the presidential candidates have to say about hunger and poverty Posted on July 21 2015 Editor s note The Circle of Protection is a broad and diverse coalition of Christian leaders working together for help and opportunity for hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world Ervin Stutzman Mennonite Church USA executive director and J Ron Byler Mennonite Central Committee MCC U S executive director are part of Posted in Holistic Witness Interchurch Relations News Tagged Ben Carson Bernie Sanders Carly Fiorina Christian Churches Together Circle of Protection election hunger Jeb Bush Mennonite Central Committee Mennonite Church USA Mike Huckabee poverty presidential campaign presidential candidates Ted Cruz Mennonite World Conference offers an opportunity for a gathering of women theologians Posted on July 15 2015 Linda Gehman Peachey serves on the Steering Committee for the Women in Leadership Project of Mennonite Church USA Michelle Armster and I have agreed to help coordinate a gathering of North American women theologians at the Mennonite World Conference MWC Assembly in Harrisburg Pennsylvania along with Mary Anne Isaak a Canadian Mennonite Brethren woman involved in church leadership Space Posted in Menno Snapshots Women in Leadership Tagged Linda Gehman Peachey Mennonite World Conference women theologians WeAreMenno Mennonites and Muslims Posted on July 13 2015 Born in New Orleans and raised a pacifist by Baptist hippies Michael Howes married the first Mennonite he got to know the Reverend Sue Conrad Howes who is also a credentialed pastor in Mennonite Church USA An unashamed nerd with a brain full of pop culture Michael is intensely proud of his son who is Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged Koran Michael Howes Muslims Ramadan Every Creature Singing Posted on July 10 2015 Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Holistic Witness for Mennonite Church USA Laudato Si a song composed by Francis of Assisi and based on Psalm 148 extols praises to God made known through the beauty and wonder of all creation It is the basis of our English hymn All creatures of our God and King Posted in Interchurch Relations Menno Snapshots Tagged Every Creature Singing Mennonite Creation Care Network Phoenix 2013 Pope Francis 2 Comments WeAreMenno Just Like Captain America Posted

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  • June 2015 – Mennonite Church USA
    Church USA and its commitment to God s healing and hope She has served throughout Mennonite Church USA in education youth ministry curriculum writing and conference leadership Sarah is currently a Master of Divinity student at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey where she lives with her husband Benjamin and Posted in Menno Snapshots Women in Leadership Tagged poetry Sarah Bixler Women in Leadership Project 6 Comments Grace at the Table Posted on June 25 2015 Alyssa Bennett Smith lives in Kansas City Missouri with her husband Joshua and works as the Web and Social Media Content Manager for Mennonite Church USA She loves coffee cats tattoos poetry and theology In May of 2015 she graduated from Central Baptist Theological Seminary earning a Master of Arts in Theological Studies with an Posted in Menno Snapshots Tagged Alyssa Bennett Smith Anabaptist Mennonite resources Mennonite Church USA polity Western District Conference 4 Comments Anabaptist Mennonites form their own SNAP chapter Posted on June 24 2015 submitted by Barbra Graber SNAP Menno The seeds of this Mennonite movement began with Dr Ruth E Krall emeritus professor of nursing religion and psychology and former peace studies program director at Goshen College She was first introduced to Catholic activists when she heard Dominican priest Father Thomas Doyle speak in 2006 about the connection between Posted in Menno Snapshots Women in Leadership Tagged Barbra Graber Cameron Altaras Dr Ruth E Krall Hilary Scarsella Jeff Altaras Jennifer Yoder Keith Morris Lisa Schirch Rachel Halder SNAP Anabaptist Mennonite Chapter Stephanie Krehbiel Sylvia Shirk Tim Nafziger The Spirit the Holy Breath the Wind is at work Posted on June 23 2015 Mary Lehman Yoder tends her gardens and her prayers in Goshen Indiana In addition to perennial gardening she is an avid long distance walker and lover of her grandchildren Since her retirement from active pastoral ministry at Assembly Mennonite in 2011 she has become better acquainted with the Psalms with lament and with paradox When Posted in A Way Forward Menno Snapshots Tagged Discernment Group on sexual abuse and the church Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral John Howard Yoder KC2015 Mary Lehman Yoder service of lament and hope wailing wall 1 Comment WeAreMenno The movement of God through simultaneous interpretation Posted on June 22 2015 Alma Ovalle Perez is a wife and a mother of three wonderful teenagers She is the daughter of Gilberto and Elizabeth Perez Alma is a high school Spanish teacher simultaneous interpreter and writer She sits on the board of Mennonite Women USA representing Iglesia Menonita Hispana and is on the executive committee for Southeast Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Women USA Alma Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged Alma Ovalle Conrado Hinojosa Elizabeth Perez Gilberto Perez Iglesia Menonita El Cordero Iglesia Menonita El Mesias simulataneous interpretation Southeast Mennonite Conference 2 Comments WeAreMenno Stories Alive Posted on June 20 2015 In September 2010 Washington Community Fellowship WCF embarked on a 40 week worship series entitled Stories Alive Narratives Around the Table based on the six

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  • May 2015 – Mennonite Church USA
    over 20 years She is the author of Body Talk Speaking the Words of Health Living Stewardship Series Herald Press 2007 and has been the wellness consultant for The Posted in Corinthian Plan Menno Snapshots Tagged Corinthian Plan health goals Ingrid Friesen Moser A pastoral word in a time of war Posted on May 26 2015 Brothers and sisters in Mennonite Church USA I write to you at a time when wars and rumors of wars are devastating the lives of many people around the globe During the past year the attention of the world has turned toward the Islamic State ISIS which has gained control of significant parts of Iraq Posted in Holistic Witness Menno Snapshots 5 Comments WeAreMenno Open our mouths Posted on May 25 2015 Catherine Thiel Lee is a member and serves her congregation at Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship She is a chaplain at University of North Carolina Hospitals Catherine has a Master of Divinity degree from Regent College and worked with refugee claimants in Vancouver British Columbia She lives plays reads and lovingly tends a scrappy garden in Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged Catherine Lee Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship communtiy 1 Comment WeAreMenno A dream becoming reality Posted on May 21 2015 Sarah Jackson is the founder and director of Casa de Paz House of Peace a house for undocumented immigrants and their families in Aurora Colorado Jackson also founded Volleyball Latino a bilingual league whose proceeds fund her hospitality work This is part two of four in a series featuring Mennonites working with immigrants Projects featured in Posted in WeAreMenno Immigration Menno Snapshots Tagged Casa de Paz Sarah Jackson WeAreMenno Step of faith leads to ministry of accompaniment Posted on May 20 2015 By Janie Beck Kreider This is part one of four in a series featuring Mennonites working with immigrants Projects featured in this series received grants from a special offering received at Mennonite Church USA s 2013 convention in Phoenix toward the DREAMer Fund These projects were chosen as grant recipients because they have a strong history Posted in WeAreMenno Immigration News Tagged Alterna Community Anton Flores Maisonet Charlotte Flores immigration Norma Martinez Stewart Detention Center 1 Comment Finding hope in Israel Palestine Posted on May 20 2015 Jason Boone is coordinating minister for the Peace and Justice Support Network The April Come and See Learning Tour was my first time in Israel Palestine I wasn t expecting to be surprised by anything particular I keep abreast of the situation through mainstream media and organizations working there including Mennonite Central Committee and Christian Peacemaker Teams Posted in Holistic Witness Menno Snapshots Tagged Come and See Learning Tour Israel Palestine Jason Boone Kairos Palestine Where is God leading us as a people Posted on May 19 2015 Six week spiritual discernment preparation guide available online for delegates Mennonite Church USA Mennonite Church USA s Executive Board staff has released a six week study guide designed to help delegates prepare spiritually for the

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  • April 2015 – Mennonite Church USA
    facing up to 12 months in prison and a fine of up to 1 000 At the culmination of the Nov 22 2014 Shut Down Stewart vigil Kevin Caron Maureen Fitzsimons Anton Flores Maisonet Posted in WeAreMenno Immigration News Tagged Alterna Community Anton Flores Maisonet civil disobedience Corrections Corporation of America El Refugio immigration Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE Jason McGaughey Kevin Caron Maureen Fitzsimons Rebecca Kanner School of Americas Watch Steve Pavey Stewart Detention Center Stewart Five 2 Comments Stutzman joins Christian leaders in support of Iran Framework Agreement Posted on April 28 2015 On April 13 a large and diverse group of Christian leaders called on lawmakers to support the recent Framework Agreement on Iran s nuclear program In a full page ad in Roll Call the leaders affirmed the biblical commandment to seek peace and urged political leaders to support diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear armed state The ad Posted in Interchurch Relations News Tagged Ervin Stutzman Iran Framework Agreement Jim Wallis peacemaking Sojourners WeAreMenno The priesthood of all believers Posted on April 27 2015 Rachel Lesher lives in Durham North Carolina with her husband Ben a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill They attend Chapel Hill Mennonite Church Originally from Lancaster Pennsylvania she is a graduate of Messiah College and Palmer Seminary of Eastern University Rachel works as a research analyst at Duke University and is a mentor with Big Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots 1 Comment Stewardship is being committed to mutual aid part three Posted on April 24 2015 Beryl Jantzi is Stewardship Education Director for Everence Over the next few months Beryl will be exploring our historic roots and current commitment to mutual aid as Christians using Meditations on Christian Mutual Aid by J Winfield Fretz Mutual aid is an essential quality of community A chief aim of the early Anabaptists was to establish a community Posted in Menno Snapshots Stewardship 3 Comments WeAreMenno Stand Up Use Your Voice Move Your Feet Posted on April 23 2015 By Liza Heavener Franconia Mennonite Conference Mennonite Church USA This year marks 50 years since Bloody Sunday an event that gripped the nation and continues to remind us of the injustices faced by Black Americans in Alabama and across the South On the 50th anniversary I returned to Selma Ala to bear witness to this historic event This year was Posted in WeAreMenno News Tagged WeAreMenno Bloody Sunday Civil Rights Movement Congressman John Lewis Franconia Mennonite Conference Liza Heavener racism Selma 1 Comment Pregnancy and patriarchy Posted on April 22 2015 Jenny Castro is communications associate and coordinator for the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA Sue Monk Kidd describes her experience coming out from under patriarchy using the uniquely feminine images of pregnancy She says It was a process not unlike the experience of conception and labor There had been a moment many moments Posted in Menno Snapshots Women in Leadership 2 Comments WeAreMenno Spiritual seed bombs sprout new

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  • March 2015 – Mennonite Church USA
    By Tonya Keim Bartel If Posted in Convention News Convention Resources News Tagged Convention KC2015 Luke 24 Tonya Keim Bartel SomosMeno Congregaciones menonitas actúan para apoyar a inmigrantes indocumentados Posted on March 25 2015 English Por Ardell Stauffer A veces un día puede cambiarte la vida En julio del 2013 los juveniles de la Iglesia Menonita de Walnut Hill Goshen Indiana eligieron participar de un viaje de aprendizaje de jornada completa a la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México mientras asistían a la convención bienal de la Iglesia Menonita Posted in Immigration Noticias Tagged Anton Flores Maisonet estudio bíblico Evanston Mennonite Church Hospitalidad Radical Hyattsville Mennonite Church immigration immigration Bible study inmigración Jason Harrison Mitchell Brown Peace Mennonite Church Phoenix 2013 Radical Hospitality Shalom Mennonite Fellowship Tina Schlabach Walnut Hill Mennonite Church Estudio bíblico de Hospitalidad radical sobre inmigración disponible por Internet Posted on March 25 2015 English Cuáles son los hechos básicos acerca de la inmigración en EE UU Quiénes son los involucrados Qué tiene la Biblia para decirles a los cristianos sobre la inmigración Qué rol podrían desempeñar los anabautistas en este desafío tan antiguo El estudio bíblico de la Iglesia Menonita de EE UU sobre inmigración desmenuza estas y Posted in Noticias Tagged Bible study Danny Carroll R educación sobre inmigración estudio bíblico Hospitalidad Radical immigration immigration education inmigración Iris de León Hartshorn Jeannette Pazos Radical Hospitality SomosMeno Se publica el material para el discipulado Empezar de nuevo Posted on March 25 2015 English La serie de 16 sesiones está diseñada para fomentar el crecimiento en la fe desde una perspectiva anabautista Por Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART Indiana WINNIPEG Manitoba Iglesia Menonita de EE UU Iglesia Menonita de Canadá Durante 20 años Palmer Becker alimentó el sueño de tener un material de discipulado anabautista para grupos pequeños y congregaciones Hoy ese recurso Posted in Noticias Tagged Begin Anew capacitación para la membresía Christian Discipleship Seminars cursillos de discipulado cristiano Dave Bergen discipleship discipulado Empezar de nuevo Howard Wagler Iglesia Menonita de Canada Iglesia Menonita de EE UU Marion Bontrager membership preparation Mennonite Church Canada Palmer Becker WeAreMenno midwives of justice Posted on March 23 2015 Elena Serna Wallender grew up in Texas and attended San Antonio Mennonite Church throughout college and for several years after She worked for an environmental coalition and for Big Brothers Big Sisters in San Antonio before moving to New Jersey for grad school Elena earned a master s degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots A continued call to action justice for the undocumented Posted on March 21 2015 Iris De León Hartshorn is the director of transformative peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA Like many of you I was saddened to hear about the deportation of Max Villatoro but not surprised In the 1920s there was an increase of Mexicans migrating to California and other parts of the southwest United States In 1930 when the Posted in Featured Blogs Immigration Menno Snapshots 4 Comments Stewardship

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  • #WeAreMenno – Mennonite Church USA
    Culture Español By Janie Beck Kreider Felipe Hinojosa is associate professor in the History Department at Texas A M University College Station Texas specializing in Latina o Chicana o History He is the son of a Mennonite pastor who first encountered Mennonites as a migrant farm Posted in WeAreMenno News Tagged WeAreMenno Américo Paredes Book Award Faith Evangelical Culture Felipe Hinojosa Latino Mennonites Civil Rights Mennonite Church Minority Ministries Council Neftali Torres The Best of WeAreMenno Blogs Posted on December 18 2015 For almost a year we have highlighted stories of hope and collaboration across Mennonite Church USA through the WeAreMenno story campaign We hope you ve had a chance to see some of the blogs social media posts videos news stories and photos celebrating diverse people and ministries from around the country During the month of December we will Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Women in Leadership Tagged WeAreMenno Mennonite Church USA The Best of WeAreMenno Memes Posted on December 11 2015 For almost a year we have highlighted stories of hope and collaboration across Mennonite Church USA through the WeAreMenno story campaign We hope you ve had a chance to see some of the blogs social media posts videos news stories and photos celebrating diverse people and ministries from around the country During the month of December we will Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged WeAreMenno Mennonite Church USA The Best of WeAreMenno News and Feature Stories Posted on December 2 2015 For almost a year we have highlighted stories of hope and collaboration across Mennonite Church USA through the WeAreMenno story campaign We hope you ve had a chance to see some of the blogs social media posts videos news stories and photos celebrating diverse people and ministries from around the country Over the next three weeks we will Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged WeAreMenno Mennonite Church USA WeAreMenno Recognizing the movement of God through the unexpected Posted on November 30 2015 Kelly Shenk Koontz lives in Boston Massachusetts with her husband Peter where she is a second year MBA student at Boston University in the Public Nonprofit Management program Before attending BU Kelly worked with Mennonite Central Committee in Kabul Afghanistan doing peacebuilding work She currently attends the Mennonite Congregation of Boston I look out Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged Afghanistan Boston University Kelly Shenk Koontz Mennonite Central Committee Mennonite Congregation of Boston 1 Comment WeAreMenno Wake up Posted on November 23 2015 Jenna Liechty Martin lives in the peaceful woods with her husband Peter and son Henry She is nearing the end of her second year as executive director at Camp Friedenswald Before this she spent three years working in Belfast Northern Ireland through Mennonite Mission Network She enjoys watching the seasons change walking through the woods with her Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged Camp Friedenswald Jenna Liechty Martin WeAreMenno Mennoanabaptacostal Posted on November 16 2015 Ann Jacobs is a Church Relations associate with Mennonite Mission Network and one of three leaders

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  • Publications – Mennonite Church USA
    Way Vol 2 Number 1 Posted on January 30 2015 The revised 2014 Churchwide Immigration Statement for Mennonite Church USA recommends five actions to congregations for 2014 2016 Each of the actions below is illustrated by an example of ministry already happening in Mennonite Church USA Educational 1 Learn skills to help facilitate intercultural competency and or undoing racism processes in congregations through the Communities of Hope Posted in Publications

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