Peacebuilding center plans virtual celebration

EMU — The global and domestic impact of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding will be cele­brated June 4-6 at the 25+1 Anniversary Celebration. This event was originally planned for summer 2020, but can­celled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The format switched to all virtual once it became clear not only travel for guests but also on-campus hosting would be…

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Webinar to discuss support for mental illness

Anabaptist Disabilities Network and Church of the Brethren Dis­cipleship Ministries are co-sponsoring a webinar with the theme “Providing Mutual Support When People Experience Mental Ill­ness.” This webinar will take place Thursday, June 17, at 2 p.m. EDT. How can we walk with people who are experiencing a mental ill­ness in our congregations and community? Attend this “Mental Health 101” webinar…

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Central Christian School Board appoints interim lead administrator

Terry Shue has been appointed interim lead administrator of Central Christian School in Kidron for the 2021-22 school year, effective July 1. He will serve in this role while the Central Christian School Board leads a search to hire a new superintendent. After a new superintendent is hired, he will return to his position as director of development for Central…

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MennoCon21 newsletter gives convention details

The most recent MennoCon21 newsletter includes information about morning and evening worship at the convention, seminars for youth and adults, and COVID-19 protocols. MennoCon21 will take place July 6-10, both in Cincinnati and online. This newsletter is available here: MennoCon21 MAY Newsletter.

Journal articles focus on healing and health

From AMBS: A new issue of Vision focusing on the theme “Health, Healing and Hope” is available for free online. In the Spring 2021 issue of Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, authors share about their personal struggles with illness, their experiences as caregivers and their encounters in pastoral or chaplaincy care. Other topics include health as it relates…

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Webinars to focus on peace and justice issues

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center is offering a new webinar series titled Shalom: Six Perspectives on Peace and Justice. Each webinar will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. A variety of topics will be explored: June 8 — Why did Jesus have to die? — led by J. Denny Weaver June 29 — Does our past really matter?…

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SENT Conference 2021 recordings are online

Mennonite Mission Network held its Sent Conference 2021 online during April. This event focused on church planting and church vitality. Keynote speakers included Katerina Friesen, pastor of Wild Church in Fresno, California; Tim Amor, pastor of Beatrice Mennonite Church in Beatrice, Nebraska; and Reverends Karen Sethurama and Gordon McDade, pastors and church planters of Soulspace in Belfast, Ireland. If you…

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MEA-affiliated schools seek staff members

Central Christian School in Kidron and a number of other schools affiliated with Mennonite Education Agency are seeking staff members. Please see http://bit.ly/MEAJobs5-21 for more information on these positions.

Free counseling available for pastors

A reminder for all pastors of Ohio Conference congregations: Pastors serving in the Ohio Conference have two options for free counseling sessions. Shalom Counseling and Mediation Center in Archbold, Ohio, offers six free counseling sessions to pastors. Any additional sessions are available at a 50 percent discount. You may contact Shalom at 419-445-1552 for further details or to arrange a…

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MCC needs relief kit donations

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) needs more relief kits. MCC reports that its partners have requested 27,000 relief kits this year. But due to the pandemic, MCC’s Material Resources warehouse inventory is significantly lower this year than it was at this time last year. In order to meet this need, MCC needs your help. Learn more at https://mcc.org/get-involved/kits/relief.

MCC seeks summer staff for SWAP

SWAP summer staff needed! Mennonite Central Committee’s Sharing With Appalachia People (SWAP) program is in need of job site coordinators and meals coordinators to support home repair projects in Kimball, West Virginia, or Harlan, Kentucky. Applicants should be at least 19 years old, but these paid roles are not limited to young adults. For more information and to apply, visit…

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MWC 2022 Assembly to be hybrid event

After deciding to offer the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Indonesia as a hybrid in-person and online event July 5-10, 2022, program committee members and assembly staff are exploring online opportunities. See http://bit.ly/MWC2022Assembly for more information.

Peacebuilding courses to be held online

May 11 is the deadline to register for the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University. SPI will be conducting its May and June courses online this year, due to uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Courses begin the week of May 17 and run through June 18. SPI is offering courses in the areas of trauma awareness, restorative…

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Anabaptist World seeks article submissions

Anabaptist World invites your original submissions for an upcoming issue focusing on the theme “Wise Managers?” How are Anabaptists doing as stewards — as caretakers of community resources and personal assets, financial and otherwise? Article length should be about 600 to 1,200 words. Submissions are due to editor@anabaptistworld.org by May 3. For more information about this theme, see http://bit.ly/AnabaptistWorldWiseManagers.

Open Arms plans Fellowship Fiesta

Open Arms Hispanic Ministries will hold a fund-raising event, the Open Arms Fellowship Fiesta, on July 17 at Oak Grove Mennonite Church in Smithville. This event will be a boxed-lunch picnic. More details will follow.

Adriel to hold benefit auction May 6-8

Adriel will hold a virtual benefit auction May 6-8. You can preview the items being offered beginning Saturday, May 1. Proceeds are used to benefit children and families in need. For more information, see www.adriel.org.

Explore a call to ministry with Journey

When God calls someone to leadership, a journey begins. Perhaps you are on that journey. Perhaps you are looking for mentors and companions along the way. Ohio Conference invites you to join Journey: A Missional Leadership Development Program. This program is for lay leaders, pastors, church planters, and other emerging leaders who are called without specific training for ministry or…

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Registration is open for MennoCon21

Registration is open for MennoCon21, which will take place July 6-10, both online and in Cincinnati, Ohio. An early bird discount is available through April 30. See https://convention.mennoniteusa.org/registration/ for more information.

Lighthouse Ministries to celebrate 25 years

Lighthouse Ministries in Canton is celebrating 25 years of ministry with two events in May. On May 8 from noon to 4 p.m. the Lighthouse will host a marketplace and tour at its southeast Canton location. This socially-distanced event will include a self-led tour and refreshments. Participants also will be able to support the fourth- and fifth-grade students in the…

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Leonard Dow assumes new role at Everence

Everence has named Leonard Dow as its vice president of community and church development, effective March 31, 2021. Dow first joined Everence in 2017 as a stewardship and development specialist, helping to create the organization’s urban market business plan. To learn more, see http://bit.ly/EverenceLeonardDow.

Online workshop series continues

Ohio Conference is continuing its series of workshops held on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. These free online workshops are open to everyone, and we invite you to come and learn more about the Lord’s work. Tonight, April 8, Matthew Peterson will lead the workshop “Creating a Culture of Ordinary Goodness.” During World War II, the town of Le Chambon, a…

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AMBS creates worship materials for congregations

Recognizing the toll that COVID-19 has had on pastors and worship planners over the last year, members of the community at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, have prepared worship materials for congregational use for two separate worship services. The first set of worship materials is designed for the Sunday after Easter (April 11). The resources, which are based…

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Newsletter includes info about MennoCon21

Wondering about this summer’s denominational convention? The latest MennoCon21 Newsletter includes information about this year’s convention, which will be a hybrid event with an in-person gathering in Cincinnati as well as an online option. The online experience will use a virtual event platform called Pheedloop, which is specially designed for conferences. Registration for MennoCon21 opens April 6. See the MennoCon21 Newsletter…

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MDS seeks volunteers for plumbing repairs

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteers have been helping to restore water in Texas homes damaged by a major February ice storm. More volunteers are needed for plumbing repairs. Read the March edition of On the Level, the MDS newsletter, for details: http://bit.ly/OnTheLevel3-21.

Recordings of ACA are online

Recordings of Annual Conference Assembly are available on the Ohio Conference website. Recordings include all three business sessions and the worship service. To view any of these recordings, go to https://bit.ly/AboutACA.

How important are emergency savings?

Evelin Gonzalez, a financial consultant at Everence, discusses the importance of an emergency savings fund during a pandemic: http://bit.ly/Everence-EmergencySavings.

Online seminary course deals with congregational conflict

Online Anabaptist Short Course: Transforming Congregational Conflict and Communication: April 14 – May 25. Join Betty Pries, Ph.D., to explore the possibilities and pitfalls of courageously engaging differences within congregational life in this six-week online noncredit course at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. No grades, no papers! CEUs available. Register by March 17 and save $50. See ambs.edu/shortcourses.