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  • Executive Board holds second meeting of biennium – Mennonite Church USA
    presented the EB financial audit which was approved with appreciation Convention Planning Mennonite Church USA Executive Board members at their February 2016 meeting near Chicago left to right Nisha Springer Zenobia Sowell Bianchi Larry Hauder Yvonne Diaz Samuel Voth Schrag Joy Sutter Shelley Buller EB staff Photo by Janie Beck Kreider Guyton also gave a planning update for Orlando 2017 and unveiled a Star Wars themed announcement video Convention will be held July 4 8 with delegate meetings starting on Thursday July 7 The event will be one day shorter overall and will focus on the theme Love is a verb The board discussed potential changes to the delegate sessions and resolutions process naming the problem that resolutions are often unfunded mandates lacking clear implementation and noting concerns about lack of sufficient time to fully engage the five resolutions presented at the KC2015 Delegate Assembly The Kansas City convention s Anti Racism Monitoring Team prepared the following list of five anti racism priorities for the EB to work on for the next convention Resolutions should be presented and actions of power carried out by a diverse group of people Worship should be led in a way that is diverse Those who are leading processes and designing the structure of meetings should be diverse groups of people The preparation process should include time to review agendas with an anti racism team before the event Planners should consult with the Racial Ethnic Council see item below to consider how the agendas for the event could be relevant and appealing to people of color The EB received these anti racism priorities with appreciation and approved them unanimously MEA review The EB conducts a review of each agency on a rotating basis this time it was Mennonite Education Agency s turn The board decided to take a deeper dive than it has in the past appointing a small liaison committee of EB members Joy Sutter of East Norriton Pennsylvania Yvonne Diaz of Terlingua Texas and Phil Rich of Archbold Ohio to facilitate the process Carlos Romero CEO of MEA and Judy Miller MEA board chair presented the report on MEA s work identifying priorities and key challenges Mennonite Church USA Executive Board members at their February 2016 meeting near Chicago left to right Nisha Springer Zenobia Sowell Bianchi Larry Hauder Yvonne Diaz Samuel Voth Schrag Joy Sutter Shelley Buller EB staff Photo by Janie Beck Kreider The board expressed affirmation for MEA s thorough report and asked questions about external tensions arising from major societal shifts in higher education as well as internal tensions related to MEA s broad range of work coupled with shrinking financial resources and limited staff time Despite the effects of the changing landscape of higher education MEA leaders remain hopeful and passionate about what the agency has to offer We need a new way of thinking about our Mennonite educational institutions said Romero We want the church to embrace our colleges and seminaries as the center of mission and outreach for the denomination We have a message to share that has value and that we think the world needs IRRC becomes Racial Ethnic Council The board unanimously approved a request from the Intercultural Relations Reference Council IRRC to change its name to Racial Ethnic Council The IRRC was formed for the particular task of overseeing the Office of Intercultural Relations which no longer exists IRRC members requested a different name because the scope of their work has broadened and the reference group title no longer applies Leslie Francisco EB member and new moderator the Racial Ethnic Council presented a proposal to change the designation of Racial Ethnic constituency groups in the denomination The proposal states The Racial Ethnic Council formerly known as IRRC reviewed the history of the merger of the church in 2001 and their placement as a constituency group along with Mennonite Women and Mennonite Men The Racial Ethnic Council members believe this placement diminishes their history and struggle within Mennonite Church USA before the merger and to this date Both Mennonite Men and Mennonite Women do not share the common history of Racial Ethnic people in the Church The action would require a vote by the delegate body since it would be a change to the denominational bylaws EB members will continue to discuss the specific changes at their next meeting in preparation for the Orlando Delegate Assembly Considering spaces for dialogue The EB voted against a petition requesting that the Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests become a new constituency group with representation on the Constituency Leaders Council the advisory group and board of elders for the denomination The EB first reviewed the petition in 2015 and sent it to CLC members for feedback at their October 2015 meeting The CLC which is made up of representatives from area conferences and constituency groups sent counsel back to the board to reject the petition for a number of reasons including the concern that BMC is a multi denominational group and that just two representatives from the LGBTQ lesbian gay bisexual transgender queer community would not be a significant enough presence for dialogue Though the board voted against the petition to add the BMC as a constituency group the motion encouraged the CLC to brainstorm other options to open up space for dialogue with LGBTQ members in the Church This discussion will be on the agenda for the CLC s next meeting in March Worshipful work Mennonite Church USA Executive Board members spent time in worship at their February 2016 meeting near Chicago Photo by Janie Beck Kreider Throughout the meetings Sutter and Samuel Voth Schrag EB member and pastor of Saint Louis Missouri Mennonite Fellowship led worship structured around Richard Foster s six streams of spirituality Board members reflected on which streams they personally resonate with and some provided testimonies We tend to compare the worst of other streams with the best of our own but all of the six streams have downsides and upsides noted

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  • Convention Planning team welcomes new staff members – Mennonite Church USA
    unique place for everyone to come from many different places and unite together as one We are looking forward to working with Sarah for Orlando 2017 says Glen Alexander Guyton chief operating officer for Mennonite Church USA who also serves as convention planning director Sarah brings experience in both youth ministry and event planning to her new position I know people will enjoy interacting with Sarah in her role as registrar Tonya Keim Bartel Convention Planning staff Tonya Keim Bartel of Hesston Kansas who served as convention planning expediter for last summer s biennial convention in Kansas City Missouri transitioned in the fall to work half time in Convention Planning constituent relations In her new role according to Guyton Keim Bartel is taking on some new CP initiatives such as expanding options for family programming for the Orlando 2017 convention introducing some new forums for seminar speakers to engage Generation Xers and Millennials in more authentic ways and connecting with business owners and others who value convention She also oversees volunteers and the junior youth program She works from the denominational office in Newton Tonya has worked in limited roles for a number of conventions we are glad to have her back on the team for Orlando 2017 says Guyton We affectionately call her Susie Sunshine because of the warm and caring attitude she brings to the team She is working hard to make sure parents who bring young children to convention will have a phenomenal experience Keim Bartel is a graduate of Bethel College in North Newton Kansas and in recent years has taught junior high served as a mental health worker in an addictions rehabilitation facility and been employed as worship coordinator at Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston She has three children ranging in age from four to 10 Convention Planning staff l to r Scott Hartman Glen Alexander Guyton Tonya Keim Bartel Sarah Chase I am thrilled to continue employment in convention planning she says I m convinced there is no better avenue for our church family to gather for worship discernment and faith formation Being on the ground level of such a terrific event is a total blessing In addition to Chase Guyton and Keim Bartel the Convention Planning team includes Scott Hartman convention planning coordinator who works in the denominational office in Elkhart Indiana Mennonite Church USA staff Images available Sarah Chase Tonya Keim Bartel Convention Planning staff l to r Scott Hartman Glen Alexander Guyton Tonya Keim Bartel Sarah Chase Share this Facebook Twitter Email Posted in Convention News News Tagged convention planning Glen Alexander Guyton Sarah Chase Scott Hartman staff transitions Tonya Keim Bartel Post navigation To small congregations you are enough Stop Look And Listen 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 own full name Be respectful If

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  • “Equipping the Saints”: Hope for the Future V to address HR practices, procedures – Mennonite Church USA
    in depth scriptural reflections on Ephesians 4 12 16 Felipe Hinojosa associate professor in the History Department at Texas A M University College Station Texas will be the guest speaker for the banquet The event will close with Sunday morning worship with Calvary Community Church According to de Léon Hartshorn the original vision for the HFF gatherings emerged from the desires and needs of leaders of color in Mennonite Church USA to come together for mutual support and to learn from and listen to each other She notes that planners hope the event will lead to ways to strengthen current and emerging leaders of color thereby strengthening the work of the church as a whole Everence Mennonite Central Committee Mennonite Church USA Mennonite Education Agency and Mennonite Mission Network and co sponsor and plan the event Members of the planning committee include Armster de León Hartshorn Stanley Green executive director of Mennonite Mission Network and Carlos Romero executive director of Mennonite Education Agency Mennonite Church USA staff Image available A group of college students attended Hope for the Future 2015 the first year that college students were invited to the event which seeks strategic ways to help the church embrace diversity in order to thrive Photo by Andrew Bodden Share this Facebook Twitter Email Posted in Intercultural Transformation News Tagged African American Mennonite Association African Belizean Caribbean Mennonite Mission Association Asian Mennonite Ministries Carlos Romero Everence Felipe Hinojosa Hope for the Future Iglesia Menonita Hispana Indonesian Mennonite Association Iris de León Hartshorn Isaac Villegas leaders of color Mennonite Central Committee Mennonite Church USA Mennonite Education Agency Mennonite Mission Network Michelle Armster Native Mennonite Ministries Racial Ethnic constituency groups Stanley Green Post navigation Dreamers risk takers and testifiers plan Sent 2016 Se forma un panel para la prevención del abuso sexual 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 own full name Be respectful If you re offering criticism focus on others ideas not their motives person character or faith Consider the log in your own eye before pressing Enter Comments are moderated Comments with any content that is deemed obscene libelous defamatory or hateful toward an individual or group will not be approved 4 thoughts on Equipping the Saints Hope for the Future V to address HR practices procedures James says January 14 2016 at 8 13 am This sounds like a great program why are we excluding white folk Jenny Castro says January 14 2016 at 12 05 pm It is important for people of color who work live and serve in Mennonite organizations and institutions to have a safer space to connect to vent to process to inspire one anther It might be difficult to believe but working as a person of color for a predominantly white Mennonite organization institution can feel really isolating And

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  • In support of our Muslim neighbors – Mennonite Church USA
    American community Eaton writes I am writing on behalf of many Christians in this country who wish to share a word of solidarity love and hope with you in these difficult days The ELCA has been an ecumenical partner of Mennonite Church USA since 2001 when the two denominations began a formal dialogue with each other Daryl Byler executive director of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding of Eastern Mennonite University Harrisonburg Virginia wrote an open letter to his former law school classmate Jerry Falwell Jr which was published Dec 14 in the Richmond Virginia Times Dispatch It is an eloquent testimony to what a Christ centered community that offers hospitality welcome and understanding looks like Stutzman says Related links Mennonites connect with Muslims in wake of attacks Letter from the Rev Elizabeth A Eaton presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ELCA to the Muslim American community Letter from Daryl Byler to Jerry Falwell Jr Share this Facebook Twitter Email Posted in Holistic Witness News Tagged Daryl Byler Ervin Stutzman Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Jerry Falwell Jr Mennonite Church USA Muslim American Rev Elizabeth A Eaton Post navigation WeAreMenno Latino a Mennonites transforming the church Healing through Lectio Divina 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 own full name Be respectful If you re offering criticism focus on others ideas not their motives person character or faith Consider the log in your own eye before pressing Enter Comments are moderated Comments with any content that is deemed obscene libelous defamatory or hateful toward an individual or group will not be approved One

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  • #WeAreMenno: Latino/a Mennonites transforming the church – Mennonite Church USA
    his sermon Torres invited Hinojosa to go get some tacos an encounter that would change the course of his academic career We talked about black and brown Mennonites who worked to open the doors of the church to minorities recalls Hinojosa I fell in love with the story This is the narrative Hinojosa would continue to piece together through oral history interviews in Chicago Puerto Rico Indiana and South Texas for the next 15 years It would become the focus of his recently published book Latino Mennonites Civil Rights Faith Evangelical Culture which won the 2015 Américo Paredes Book Award Latino Mennonites explores the dynamics of power religion and gender in the inter ethnic coalition that formed the Minority Ministries Council It tells the story of preachers turned social justice advocates who transformed the Mennonite Church from the grassroots More than anything Hinojosa hopes that this will be a book for people in the pews We talk about Latinos as if we are the new kids on the block the immigrants the people without a history in this church he says My driving passion was to document the forgotten history to reorient how we talk about Latino Mennonites and the fight they ve been engaged in for many years to be a part of this denomination to be considered brothers and sisters in this church Cover of Latino Mennonites Civil Rights Faith Evangelical Culture by Felipe Hinojosa Johns Hopkins University Press 2014 In Latino Mennonites Hinojosa weaves together church and social history not only giving voice to an untold forgotten piece of one religious community s story but also speaking to the politics of belonging beyond the Mennonite Church Receiving the Américo Paredes Book Award was a tremendous honor for Hinojosa he says and validation that even people who don

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  • The Syrian refugee crisis: What can we do? – Mennonite Church USA
    Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Home Immigration The Syrian refugee crisis What can we do The Syrian refugee crisis What can we do Posted on December 4 2015 Resources MCC Washington Memo World Relief Church World Service Statement signed by Ervin Stutzman Refugee Support Resources from Central Plains Mennonite Conference Share this Facebook Twitter Email Posted in Immigration News Transformational Peacemaking Tagged Refugee Crisis Refugees Syria transformative peacemaking Ways to help Post navigation The Best of WeAreMenno News and Feature Stories The stories of our demise have been greatly exaggerated Get Email Updates Subscribe by Email Recent News Executive Board holds second meeting of biennium Youth Ministry Council The Gathering 2016 explores youth ministry through Anabaptist lens Executive director reappointed for third three year term Sent 2016 A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus centered communities Hope gathering to offer specific plan for Racial Ethnic change Convention Planning team welcomes new staff members Equipping the Saints Hope for the Future V to address HR practices procedures In support of our Muslim neighbors WeAreMenno Latino a Mennonites transforming the church The Syrian refugee crisis What can we do Subscribe to News via Email Mennonite Education Agency Mennonite Mission Network Mennonite Health

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  • Anabaptist – Mennonite Church USA
    an amazing time of meeting connecting and Posted in News Tagged Anabaptist Bob Yoder campus pastors Lindsay Diener Michele Hershberger Ministry Matters Youth and real world theology Rachel Springer Gerber The Gathering 2016 theology YMC The Gathering 2016 youth ministry Youth Ministry Council Youth Ministry Leadership Team Leave a comment Mennonite urban ministry work advances Posted on May 31 2012 Versión en español By Andrew Clouse ELKHART Ind Mennonite Mission Network Mennonite Church USA At the Urban Leaders Summit in November 2010 Stanley W Green Mennonite Mission Network s executive director said the summit the first of its kind for Mennonite Church USA was critical for shaping the future of Anabaptist urban ministry in the United States Since then Anabaptist ministers in Posted in News Tagged Anabaptist Bishop Leslie Francisco III Cyneatha Millsaps Esdras Ferreras Esther Vazquez Glen Guyton Heidi Aspinwall James Krabill Leonard Dow Lorie Hershey Marty Troyer Matthew Krabill Mennonite Church USA Mennonite Mission Network Nicole Francisco Sally Schreiner Youngquist Sunoko Lin urban leaders summit urban ministry Vocational choices rooted in church community Posted on January 26 2012 MennoMedia Vocational choices rooted in church community Herald Press releases Go to Church Change the World By Steve Shenk HARRISONBURG Va and WATERLOO Ont For years Gerald Mast a professor at Bluffton Ohio University has been teaching that a Christian s life decisions should be made in consultation with other members in the church You don t go it Posted in News Tagged Anabaptist Bluffton University Christian community Gerald Mast Go to Church Change the World Herald Press John Stahl Wert MennoMedia Mennonite Church Canada Mennonite Church USA Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent News Executive Board holds second meeting of biennium Youth Ministry Council The Gathering 2016 explores youth ministry through Anabaptist lens Executive director reappointed for third three

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  • Bob Yoder – Mennonite Church USA
    explores youth ministry through Anabaptist lens Posted on February 12 2016 By Jenny Castro Mennonite Church USA At Youth Ministry Council The Gathering 2016 held Jan 29 Feb 1 in Orlando Florida 42 youth workers from across Mennonite Church USA met to network encourage one another worship together and explore approaches to faith formation through real life scenarios It was an amazing time of meeting connecting and Posted in News Tagged Anabaptist Bob Yoder campus pastors Lindsay Diener Michele Hershberger Ministry Matters Youth and real world theology Rachel Springer Gerber The Gathering 2016 theology YMC The Gathering 2016 youth ministry Youth Ministry Council Youth Ministry Leadership Team Leave a comment Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent News Executive Board holds second meeting of biennium Youth Ministry Council The Gathering 2016 explores youth ministry through Anabaptist lens Executive director reappointed for third three year term Sent 2016 A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus centered communities Hope gathering to offer specific plan for Racial Ethnic change Convention Planning team welcomes new staff members Equipping the Saints Hope for the Future V to address HR practices procedures In support of our Muslim neighbors WeAreMenno Latino a Mennonites transforming the church The Syrian refugee

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