Our congregation joined the Immigrant Dignity Coalition in April of this year. The Coalition stands united in opposition to unjust deportations and to anti-immigrant harassment of all kinds. The Coalition is building local power, forging a community that will last. The Coalition provides a regular “Immigrant Dignity Report” via email. To receive the report, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more by visiting the Coalition web page linked below.
The 2019 Mennonite Church USA convention is coming up this July! Learn more about #MennoCon19 at the MCUSA convention website, convention.mennoniteusa.org/. Early Registration begins February 6. You can also learn more about volunteering on the convention website. The convention team is accepting seminar proposals through January 8. This year, youth and adult worship will be combined. Read the convention newsletters HERE.
Check out Mennonite Central Committee’s Christmas Giving program this holiday season. The program allows you to choose gifts that change lives all over the world. You can browse the the MCC website to find the perfect gifts, such as stocking-stuffers like chickens, or eco-gifts like healthy dirt and skills for young farmers. When you donate, you can also have MCC send personalized e-cards to friends and family, or have them delivered on Christmas day.
Mennonite Church USA encourages people and congregations to “Learn, Pray, Join” together for immigration justice in August and September. With regard to this initiative, Sue Park-Hur, MC USA denominational minister for Leadership Development said “The God who gathers and scatters people continues to move amongst us and calls us to join in God’s reconciling mission with our brothers and sisters in Christ regardless of our legal status.” Find out more about MC USA’s Learn, Pray, Join Initiative at the Learn, Pray Join Website. Subscribe to the Menno Snapshots blog to receive stories from people across MC USA about immigration justice. Learn, Pray, Join for Immigration Justice.
Check out the Mennonite Creation Care Network (MCCN)! MCCN is rooted in the christian tradition as it encourages the Church to claim a biblical and theological foundation as it engages Creation care, discover the ties that bind all created things to one another and to God, confess that harm we have done to the natural world and our neighbors, and act faithfully to restore the earth. The network gathers and shares information about resources on their website, provides support to communities seeking to better care for God’s creation, and publishes a blogfeaturing book reviews, news, tips for simple living, and more! Visit their website for more information.
The Mennonite and the Peace and Justice Support Network have been producing a podcast called Peace Lab! The podcast took a break in February and March and is now back with Melissa Florer-Bixler as its new co-host. Melissa is the pastor at Raleigh Mennonite Church, which recently joined our area conference, Central District Conference. She joins Jason Boone in exploring Mennonite peacemaking. Listen to the latest episode to learn more about Melissa and hear an interview with Janna Hunter-Bowman, Assistant Professor of Peace Studies and Christian Social Ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. You can find the entire podcast archive online, as well as through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Fireside.
I’ve Got the Power! Naming and Reclaiming Power as a Force for Good features papers from the 2016 Women Doing Theology conference. It includes diverse voices and perspectives on power from women around MC USA. Topics discussed within include the strength of women in the Bible and in our own denominational history, and the generational harm of patriarchy. The collection can be downloaded for free from the Women in Leadership Project website, or purchased through Amazon at a cost of ten dollars. Read more about the book at the MC USA website.
Mennonite Arts Weekend is a biennial gathering that brings together artists and art enthusiasts for a weekend of presentations, workshops, performances and worship, celebrating the power of creative expression in its many forms (fine arts, music, theater, writing, and more). The 2018 Weekend opens with a short program that includes introductions of the Weekend’s artist-presenters, musical performances and a keynote address with writer Sofia Samatar. The weekend concludes with a Sunday morning worship service at 10:15. Visit the MAW website for more details!
The Anabaptist prayer book Take our Moments and Our Days is now available as a mobile app! The predominance of Jesus’ voice, space for communal reflection, and specific choices of Bible readings all mark this collection as having a distinctly Anabaptist flavor. Both volumes of the prayer book were published by Herald Press in collaboration with the Institute of Mennonite Studies of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS). The app was put out by AMBS and is available for iOS and Android devices.