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  • Directory – Mennonite Church USA
    What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Mennonite Church USA Resources Home Who We Are Directory Directory This is the online directory of congregations area conferences agencies etc If you are looking for a directory of staff at Mennonite Church USA offices go to our Executive Board staff directory Pastors and Congregations can update their information at www mennodata org For questions about updating please contact

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  • Publications – Mennonite Church USA
    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 Publications Home Publications Publications News from across Mennonite Church USA News from across Mennonite Church USA in Spanish Video and blogs by Mennonite Church USA members Monthly highlight of new publications resources and events Quarterly newsletter focused on compelling issues the church is engaging Spanish version of On the Way Six week Core Curriculum on Immigration The official magazine of Mennonite Church USA This is the official comments policy for users of Mennonite Church USA s websites and other social networking tools The purpose of comments is to engage in constructive dialogue Respectful criticism is welcomed comments should focus on others ideas not motives character or faith Comments are moderated Any comment that is deemed obscene libelous defamatory or hateful toward an individual or group will not be approved Our editors reserve the right to remove any comment that is deemed to be in violation of this policy Commenters are strongly encouraged to provide their own full name Comments represent the author only and do not reflect the views of Mennonite Church USA its

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  • Resources – Mennonite Church USA
    USA Resources Home Resources Featured Resources Visual Identity Archives Pastor Salary Guidelines Statement on Immigration 2014 Congregational Stewardship Resource Manual Do you see this woman Worship Resources Denominational Leadership Categories About Mennonite Church USA Christian Formation Church to Church Relationships Lay Leaders Leadership Development Mission Church Planting Pastors Peacebuilding Statements Resolutions Stewardship Worship Youth Additional Resources If you don t find what you re looking for here our counterparts in

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  • Women in Leadership Project – Mennonite Church USA
    of 2 600 was received during the conference to support the ongoing work of the Women in Leadership Project The worship services from the conference are now available as printable resources online and a book project is being discussed with MennoMedia Let s dream together Over the next few months the Women in Leadership Project will be casting vision and planning strategically for the future of the project Will you be a partner in this work Here s what to do Take some time in reflective prayer and meditation and write draw sculpt paint whatever will unleash your creativity and help you to imagine the possibilities inspired by these question How can you imagine the church transformed through the work of the Women in Leadership Project What role will you play in this work Send your ideas to Jenny at jenniferc mennoniteusa org Below are a few responses Click the icon in the bottom left corner to view full screen Steering Committee Linda Gehman Peachey is a free lance writer living in Lancaster PA She has an MDiv degree from AMBS and is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Lancaster Theological Seminary Previously Linda worked for MCC on women s concerns and also served with her husband Titus as co director of Peace and Justice Ministries She and Titus have two adult daughters and enjoy visiting them in Chicago and Guatemala She is a member of East Chestnut St Mennonite Church Regina Shands Stoltzfus teaches in the Peace Justice and Conflict Studies department at Goshen College where her courses include Race Class and Ethnic Relations Personal Violence and Healing Spiritual Path of the Peacemaker and Transforming Conflict and Violence She is co founder of the Roots of Justice Anti Oppression program formerly Damascus Road Moniqua Acosta has been a part of the Women in Leadership Project since 2012 She has also been a part of the former Women s Concerns desk as an intern and an advisory board member Her educational background is Social Work with an emphasis on children and families She and Dionicio Acosta are parents of three children ages 15 13 and 8 She is currently a member of the New Holland Spanish Mennonite Church Jesucristo Es El Senor and has attended that church for the last 29 years Erica Littlewolf is from the Northern Cheyenne tribe of southeastern Montana and currently lives in Albuquerque New Mexico She works for Mennonite Central Committee Central States with the Indigenous Visioning Circle where she is committed to the work of decolonization authentic relationship and healing She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and American Indian Studies and applies her schooling to social justice issues and how they affect Indigenous people Aveani Moeljono is a writer and designer from Azusa California She graduated from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in 2004 with a Master of Arts in Christian Formation She is an active leader at the Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference and is a Steering Committee member for the

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  • #MennoLove – Mennonite Church USA
    resurrection of Jesus In Christ we see that love is something lived love is active in the world love is a verb On February 14 Mennonite Church USA will launch a new communications campaign that will explore the idea of love in action Through it we ll highlight stories of individuals families congregations communities and agencies across Mennonite Church USA who are living out the transformative love of Christ all around them through service mission and witness in relationship with one another and with God Through MennoLove we ll celebrate the diverse ways we Mennonites participate in the love of God in and around us It will challenge our Valentine s Day notions of cheap and chintzy love and call us to the holy gritty work of loving God ourselves and our neighbors Our biennial convention in Orlando in the summer of 2017 will be the culmination of the campaign carrying the same theme Love is a Verb Español Share your stories Send us an e mail share a photo with us on Facebook or Instagram or tweet us your story using the hashtag MennoLove Ways to Get Involved Write for the Menno Snapshots Blog We are always looking to add new voices to the Menno Snapshots blog If you are interested in writing a blog or reflection that centers on the theme Love is a Verb contact Jenny Castro Contact Jenny Submit a Feature Story Do you know of people who are putting love into action Submit a feature story idea to Janie Beck Kreider Contact Janie Service Snapshots Love Song of the Month Love is memes Love is a Verb Posted on February 15 2016 Janie Beck Kreider is director of Communications for Mennonite Church USA Years ago I encountered the book All About Love New Visions by

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  • Love is a Verb – Mennonite Church USA
    that we are called to participate in the Love that God has for the world the same Love that was revealed in the life death and resurrection of Jesus In Christ we see that Love is something lived Love is active in the world Love is a verb I think hooks words resonated so deeply with me because I already knew them to be true She was voicing something our churches proclaim and enact when they re at their best Jesus life and teachings are permeated with this message In Jesus the incarnate action of the Holy Spirit Love is made flesh We become his disciples when we accept and embody that same Love sharing it freely with the world around us Let us love not in word or speech but in truth and action 1 John 3 18 The Love is a Verb storytelling project will explore the idea of love in action Through it we ll highlight stories of individuals families congregations communities and agencies across Mennonite Church USA who are living out the transformative love of Christ all around them through service mission and witness in relationship with one another and with God You can participate by suggesting an idea for a feature story contributing your own reflections in a blog submitting a Service Snapshot of your congregation in action or sharing your own definition of love for our Love is memes Through MennoLove we ll celebrate the diverse ways we Mennonites participate in the love of God in and around us It will challenge our Valentine s Day notions of cheap and chintzy love and call us to the holy gritty work of loving God ourselves and our neighbors Our biennial convention in Orlando in the summer of 2017 will be the culmination of the project

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  • Resources for pastors, conferences and congregations – Mennonite Church USA
    websites below for a listing of more resources Or better yet contact your conference s Resource Advocate who will be very willing to help you locate the resources you need The Gathering Place from Mennonite USA Leadership Development office is a new website where Anabaptist youth leaders from across the country can gather to learn and connect One can participate in learning circles find all kinds of resources on spiritual formation and learn about receiving and offering coaching There are webinars and podcasts as well on topics such as leadership and faith formation of youth Anabaptist Faith Formation is a place to find resources to equip disciples of Jesus in the Anabaptist tradition Presently you can find home Lenten devotions for families and children There is also Bible studies and curriculum Everence has received a one million dollar grant from Lilly Endowment National Initiative to address the economic challenges facing pastoral leaders Educational debt can affect a pastor staying in the ministry or at least the kind of pastoral positions they can afford to consider which in turns affect congregations searching for a new pastor Contact Terry Shue of Mennonite Church USA Leadership Development to learn more MennoMedia offers five resource samplers on various themes free for 60 days to any congregation to assist them in curriculum choices Either call Menno Media Customer Service at 800 245 7894 or email custerservice mennomedia org Also check out the new VBS material Surprise Stories of Discovering Jesus inviting children from preschool to grade five to come along on the journey to open their eyes and see what Jesus has in store Mennonite Mission Network has developed a Gap Year program that can span anywhere from two months up to two years to be taken between high school graduation and the junior year of college Gap Year makes space for students to take a break to increase self awareness to learn from different cultures and experiment with possible careers Typically these are achieved by a combination of traveling volunteering interning or working And also now for all ages SOOP provides short term service opportunities for families and adults of all ages and is designed to join the experiences and skills of adults with missional faith communities all across North America Through the Mennonite Mission Network SOOP arranges short term placements ranging from a couple of weeks to a couple of months Mennonite Education Agency while focusing on the Mennonite schools also provides significant resources to area conferences as new congregations spring up across the country through leadership development with Hispanic Pastoral Leadership Education programs Mennonite Men offers resources to men s groups as well as provides a service component through JoinHands Since 1985 they have assisted 68 congregations with building grants totaling 1 8 million dollars Compassionate Care seminar for pastors and lay leaders sponsored by Mennonite Women USA The idea is that leaders need to do their own healing work in order to be a healing presence for others Contact Rhoda Keener

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  • Hope for the Future: Questions and concerns, determination and confidence – Mennonite Church USA
    agencies I wondered if the leadership of Mennonite Church USA had indeed responded to our call to action which was to employ and empower people of color to fulfill their job responsibilities and provide equal access to the necessary resources My real question being had anything changed I looked forward to an update During the 2016 conference I thought it necessary to take a step back and revisit the question of the true mission and vision of Hope for the Future Interestingly I found that many of my fellow participants also wrestled with this same question I was disappointed to discover the discussions and dynamics within most agencies had not changed My overwhelming concern was with the time and emotional energy we invested in these discussions to flesh out plans and strategies can we be assured our ideas are being taken seriously Or are we going through the motions participating in an annual reunion of sorts with no influence in systemic change and no agency accountability Despite a lack of equitable progress I felt extremely blessed I was able to reconnect with brothers and sisters of color forming personal relationships learning about their ministries and important work within the Mennonite church It was apparent God knew my need for engagement and was already at work creating connections on my behalf especially since I am self employed and therefore my access to the culture within these agencies is limited at best I believe one of the ways to ensure progress is to intentionally work in a relational way which is why it is vital for agencies to engage with integrity by maintaining genuine relationships with people of color and creating open spaces for communication and access However who determines what levels of access are fair and just So I am left thinking about what we can do as change agents to benefit the future generations Being considered part of the next generation of people of color who are also Mennonite I am tasked with maintaining what little momentum we have experienced over the last 30 years or more I am filled with a yearning to stay the course to not to be side tracked by regurgitating conversations which have continued to stifle hopes of progress This thought process only leads to more questions specific to agency accountability and action As people of color are our experiences taken seriously and valued as a priority at the highest level More importantly how can we hold our white allies and or freedom riders accountable to influence measurable change and speak on our behalf at times of systemic or blatant injustice I will admit the prospect of justice as it relates to power appears daunting So many unanswered questions with the journey murky at best However knowing this is the work God has called us to as his people I choose to feel hopeful Knowing I bring a different perspective influenced by legacy truly believing God is able For only He can continuously renew our

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