Stories

A pastoral letter for the healing of Haiti

Beloved sisters and brothers: Let us join in prayer for peace and stability in Haiti! The island nation is reeling after the assassination of its president in July, a devastating earthquake in August, and ongoing effects from the coronavirus... more/más/suite

A biblical foundation to stand on

Like the chambers of a heart, the four MWC commissions serve the global community of Anabaptist-related churches, in the areas of Deacons, Faith and Life, Peace, Mission. Commissions prepare materials for consideration by the General Council, give... more/más/suite

A pastoral letter to Anabaptist-Mennonites in India

Dear Anabaptist sisters and brothers: This letter is a call for the church around the world to join in prayer for Christians and other minority groups who are harassed and threatened in India, especially in rural areas. With tacit support from... more/más/suite

“We are with you”

Like the chambers of a heart, the four MWC commissions serve the global community of Anabaptist-related churches, in the areas of Deacons, Faith and Life, Peace, Mission. Commissions prepare materials for consideration by the General Council, give... more/más/suite

Is church online for good?

“We’re all going through the same storm but we’re not all in the same boat. Context is everything.” These words, spoken by a North American pastor, address the divergent responses to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Many congregations in Canada and the... more/más/suite

A pastoral letter to Anabaptist-Mennonites of Colombia

Beloved sisters and brothers: The world is watching as forces of domination seek to silence peaceful calls for reform in your country. God, too, is watching, and will bring oppressors to account. God delivers the needy when they call, the poor and... more/más/suite

A pastoral letter to Anabaptist-Mennonites of India

Dear sisters and brothers: Mennonites around the world watch with anguish as India suffers a devastating wave of pandemic sickness and death. We grieve, and your pain reaches the whole body of Christ. “The cords of death encompassed me,” the... more/más/suite

A pastoral letter to the church in Myanmar

Sisters and brothers of the Christian church in Myanmar: the global Anabaptist-Mennonite church is praying for you. We hear your accounts of military forces torturing and killing peaceful protesters, raiding houses and destroying property. We see... more/más/suite

Accountant adds friends in global church

It was 10 years ago this past January when Mennonite World Conference announced my appointment as Chief Operations Officer. I quickly received emails from several countries including Paraguay and Zimbabwe. People whom I had not yet met... more/más/suite

A broader fellowship

Like the chambers of a heart, the four MWC commissions serve the global community of Anabaptist-related churches, in the areas of Deacons, Faith and Life, Peace, Mission. Commissions prepare materials for consideration by the General Council, give... more/más/suite

A fresh wind of the Spirit

A “great multitude...from all tribes and peoples and languages” worship around the throne of God (Revelation 7). That vision aptly describes Mennonite World Conference. But it stands against a backdrop of disaster that feels too familiar today... more/más/suite

Following a missionary God

Like the chambers of a heart, the four MWC commissions serve the global community of Anabaptist-related churches, in the areas of Deacons, Faith and Life, Peace, Mission. Commissions prepare materials for consideration by the General Council, give... more/más/suite

Jesus unsere Hoffnung – Nachfolge in Zeiten der Klimakrise

Wie die Kammern eines Herzen Blut, Nährstoffe und neuen Sauerstoff durch die Adern pumpen, so dienen die vier Kommissionen der Mennonitischen Weltkonferenz dem weltweiten Leib täuferischer Kirchen in den Bereichen Diakonie, Glaube & Leben,... more/más/suite

Renewal through dialogue

Pandemic and racism loom large in the Americas and in many parts of the world today. Those scourges also were rampant 500 years ago when Anabaptism emerged. Racism fueled European conquests in North and South America, and settlers brought diseases... more/más/suite

Fearless and prudent

Our churches in this time The 12 MWC regional representatives gather online every quarter to reflect on the struggles and joys of the Anabaptist churches in their regions. In our latest gathering, they shared the burdens and creative resilience they... more/más/suite

Season of Creation – 7

Psalm 19 The heavens are telling the glory of God; the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes... more/más/suite

Season of Creation – 6

A prayer for frugal life Holy One, Our world is overtaken by our greed for more goods than we need. We confess our rapacious consumption, obsession with winning, and our undercutting and isolating of the most vulnerable among us. Renewing Spirit,... more/más/suite

Season of Creation – 4

Prayer during a time of threat We live in a world of great beauty, but also in a world under threat. Lord, we come to you in our fragility, trusting in your loving care and providence. Please receive our prayers… for those impacted by and living in... more/más/suite

Season of Creation – 5

God of creation We come to you this season recognizing that you are the creator, and we open our eyes to the beauty that fills the creatures, the land, the air and the water. You are creator not only of humankind, but of all that graces this planet... more/más/suite

Season of Creation – 3

Children, don’t be intimidated Written from a maternal instinct, this lament presents a mother in a rural kitchen preparing porridge for her children. Bantwana lingatshotshobali Isihlahla soxakuxaku asisanunkuli, Ibhokola emasimini alisabonakali,... more/más/suite