Minutes of the Annual Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship Congregational Meeting
held via Zoom on Sunday, September 20, 2020, are posted in “Member Resources.”
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 2020 Weekend opened with introductions of the Weekend’s artist-presenters and musical performances, followed by the keynote address, “The Lights of Home,” by Evie Yoder Miller. The weekend concluded with a Sunday morning worship service at 10:15. Visit the MAW website for more details!
“Bring the Peace”
Mennonite Church USA (MC USA), a historic peace church that actively practices Bible-based peace, justice and nonresistance, has issued a call to white people to engage in anti-racism work in the United States and across the world. In an open letter, Michael Danner, MC USA’s associate executive director of Church Vitality, invites his fellow white Christians to “engage in proactive, deliberate efforts to oppose and dismantle racism in all of its forms.”
For more information and links to MCUSA resources, click HERE
Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship has compiled a list of anti-racism resources recommended by our members & attenders. See it at this link.
The 2020 Women Doing Theology Conference, “What We Need is Here,” which was scheduled for Nov. 5-7, 2020, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, will not take place as an in-person gathering in the fall to prioritize everyone’s safety and wellbeing.
Women in Leadership hopes to hold a series of online events in its place. We want to hear from women in our denomination what you need from a virtual gathering at such a time, and you are invited to respond to our online survey by August 28, 2020.
Planning is currently underway for the Biennial Mennonite Church USA convention scheduled to be held in Cincinnati on July 6-10, 2021. Because of uncertainties related to COVID19, online options are being considered. The convention team is accepting Seminar Proposals through October 10.
Learn more about #MennoCon21 at the MCUSA convention website: 2021 convention.mennoniteusa.org
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.
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.