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  • Carol Epp – Mennonite Church USA
    Colleen McFarland served Mennonite Church USA for almost five years as archivist and director of archives and records management at the denominational archives in Goshen Indiana In May 2015 she transitioned to the position of head archivist with Posted in News Tagged Brenda Zook Friesen Carol Epp Colleen McFarland Executive Board staff Hannah Heinzekehr Janie Beck Kreider Jenny Castro Jo Helmuth Kathryn Rodgers Liz Wittrig Randy Miller staff transitions Reflections on 54 combined years of serving the church Posted on September 30 2015 Long time Executive Board staff members Carol Epp office manager for convention planning and Kathryn Rodgers executive assistant have concluded their time with Mennonite Church USA in the last year See the related article on staff transitions Kathryn transitioned to serve half time as executive assistant for Mennonite Education Agency in December 2014 after 29 years and Posted in Convention News Menno Snapshots Tagged Carol Epp convention planning Kathryn Rodgers Mennonite Church General Board 2 Comments 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 root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal

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  • Colleen McFarland – Mennonite Church USA
    to listen to stories of the trauma inflicted upon Indigenous people through Indian Residential Schools which were active from the late 19th century into the Posted in News Tagged Carol Roth Colleen McFarland Dick Davis Erica Littlewolf Harley Eagle Indian Residential Schools Iris de León Hartshorn Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz Steve Heinrichs Truth and Reconciliation Commission Archives as ministry An Anabaptist approach to the historical record Posted on October 24 2012 This piece is reprinted courtesy of The Mirror a bimonthly publication of Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society Colleen McFarland is archivist for Mennonite Church USA By Colleen McFarland Twenty years ago when I was eagerly anticipating my graduation from the College of Wooster Ohio with a shiny new bachelor of arts in German and history I Posted in News Tagged archives archivist Colleen McFarland Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society Mennonite Church USA The Mirror 1 Comment River of Anabaptist story stirred by archival venue change Posted on July 11 2012 By Laurie Oswald Robinson Mennonite Church USA In the centuries long flow of the Anabaptist story Mennonite Central Committee MCC staff members believe that the decision to transfer MCC s archival collections from the Mennonite Church USA Archives in Goshen Ind to the MCC U S offices in Akron Pa is a short term stirring of the waters for long term Posted in News Tagged Akron archives Colleen McFarland Ervin Stutzman Goshen John D Roth M J Heisey Mennonite Central Committee Mennonite Church USA Ron Byler Volunteers extend reach of Mennonite Church USA archives Posted on May 21 2012 By Rich Preheim GOSHEN Ind Mennonite Church USA Retiree Stan Voth of Bethel College Mennonite Church North Newton Kan used to work in an historical library and archives Goshen Ind College senior Tillie Yoder is considering doing so Both are volunteers at the

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  • Jo Helmuth – Mennonite Church USA
    Helmuth Tag Jo Helmuth Executive Board staff transitions Posted on September 30 2015 ELKHART Indiana Mennonite Church USA Mennonite Church USA s Executive Board EB staff announces recent and current staff transitions Colleen McFarland served Mennonite Church USA for almost five years as archivist and director of archives and records management at the denominational archives in Goshen Indiana In May 2015 she transitioned to the position of head archivist with Posted in News Tagged Brenda Zook Friesen Carol Epp Colleen McFarland Executive Board staff Hannah Heinzekehr Janie Beck Kreider Jenny Castro Jo Helmuth Kathryn Rodgers Liz Wittrig Randy Miller staff transitions 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 crisis What can we do Subscribe to News via

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  • Hope for the Future: Angst and expectation, together – Mennonite Church USA
    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 violates this

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  • Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church – Mennonite Church USA
    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 own full

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  • Stop! Look! And Listen! – Mennonite Church USA
    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 and seeing

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  • churchwide agency – Mennonite Church USA
    Directory Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home churchwide agency Tag churchwide agency Submissions to the Leadership Discernment Committee Posted on January 14 2016 Terry Shue is director of leadership development for Mennonite Church USA Oversight boards play an important role in healthy organizations The members of these boards most often volunteers offer wisdom experiences and collaborative counsel to help cast the vision and guide these organizations Board members need to be competent in the areas their organization serves Posted in Leadership Development Menno Snapshots Tagged boards churchwide agency Leadership Discernment Committee organizational quick guide Terry Shue 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 root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015

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  • Leadership Discernment Committee – Mennonite Church USA
    wisdom experiences and collaborative counsel to help cast the vision and guide these organizations Board members need to be competent in the areas their organization serves Posted in Leadership Development Menno Snapshots Tagged boards churchwide agency Leadership Discernment Committee organizational quick guide Terry Shue 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 Board members affirmed at biennial Delegate Assembly Posted on August 27 2013 ELKHART Ind Mennonite Church USA The following first term nominees for churchwide boards were affirmed during Mennonite Church USA s July 2 5 Delegate Assembly in Phoenix All terms are four years in length Patricia Shelly Newton Kan moderator elect two years moderator two years Executive Board Yvonne Diaz Terlingua Texas Executive Board Joy Sutter East Norristown Pa Executive Board Isaac Posted in Convention News News Tagged board members delegate assembly Everence Executive Board Leadership Discernment Committee Mennonite Education Agency Mennonite Health Services Alliance Mennonite Mission Network The Mennonite 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

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