Retreat about climate designed for pastors, leaders

Anabaptist Climate Collective (ACC) is partnering with several other organizations to sponsor an ecumenical retreat on climate change for pastors and congregational leaders in Ohio and Kentucky. The theme will be “Pastoral Influence in a Climate Changed World.” This retreat will take place Oct. 16-18 at Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio. Applications are due Sept. 24. ACC is working…

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MMN seeks regional director for Africa and Europe

Mennonite Mission Network is hiring a Regional Director of   Africa and Europe. This staff member will oversee the logistics involved in long-term service work in Africa and Europe. The regional director will foster collaboration, implement strategies, and innovate for partnership, as well as represent Mennonite Mission Network around the world. For more information or to apply, see If you…

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EMS to offer seminar on family systems Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is offering continuing education options for pastors and Christian educators. Beginning in October, the seminary is offering an online continuing studies seminar in Bowen Family Systems Theory. This seminar is intended for those with some acquaintance with Bowen Theory and who welcome the opportunity to deepen their…

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Transition to Leadership is for new pastors

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is offering a Transition to Leadership program. This two-year program guides and nurtures new pastors during the crucial first years of ministry through one-on-one mentoring, biannual learning events, and specialized coaching sessions throughout the year. The Fall 2023 cohort starts Nov. 9; apply by Oct. 9. See for details.

AMBS to offer Ministry Integrity Circles

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) is offering Ministry Integrity Circles. Pastors, do you need help with ministry transitions or signifi­cant challenges? The seminary’s Ministry Integrity Circles program provides the support of consultants within a community of peers. Two cohorts will begin this fall: one will be meeting once in person Sept. 25-26 and then three more times on Zoom. Another…

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Delegate lists requested

A note for congregational administrators and pastors: Please send your delegate lists to Judy King at the Ohio Conference office ( soon. The first fall cluster meeting for delegates is Sept. 19. Ohio Conference leadership is hoping that once delegates have been chosen, those same delegates will remain engaged in the work of reviewing Conference structure throughout the fall and winter…

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Sept. 1 is registration deadline for Pastor-Spouse Retreat

Last call for registrations: Sept. 1, 2023, is the registration deadline for the Ohio Conference Pastor-Spouse Retreat. The retreat will take place Nov. 10-12 at Deer Creek State Park Lodge and Conference Center in Mt. Sterling, Ohio. For more information, see To register, go to

Register now for Pastor-Spouse Retreat

Sept. 1, 2023, is the registration deadline for the Ohio Conference Pastor-Spouse Retreat. The retreat will take place Nov. 10-12 at Deer Creek State Park Lodge and Conference Center in Mt. Sterling, Ohio. For more information, see To register, go to

MCC canning planned for Oct. 13, 14 and 16

MCC Canning for Relief will take place Oct. 13, 14 and 16 at the Gerber Building, located behind Central Christian School in Kidron. The plan is to can 30,000 pounds of boneless cooked turkey over the three days. The canned meat will be distributed by Mennonite Central Committee, both globally and to domestic disaster areas. To volunteer, call or text…

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Preliminary relief sale results reported

The treasurers of the Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale & Auction have reported preliminary results from this year’s event, which was held July 7-8 at the Mt. Hope Event Center. The sale day total was about $365,000. However, sizeable donations to the My Coins Count campaign are still expected, which will add to the amount raised. All funds raised benefit the…

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Gen Z challenge focuses on creation care

Mennonite Creation Care Network is challenging young people to actively care for the planet through its Generation Z Energy and Spirit Challenge, which runs through April 2024. Jennifer Halteman Schrock, director of Mennonite Creation Care Network, describes the challenge as “a friendly competition to embrace our Anabaptist calling as earth keepers, reduce our carbon footprints, nurture environmental leadership, and utilize…

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July On the Level features MDS stories

The July edition of On the Level is now available from Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS). In the current issue: Kevin King shares some lessons learned in the wilderness; an MDS family project is bringing a new look to a campground in Wyoming; and a long-time project director talks about why he continues to serve with MDS. Click on this link…

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Anabaptist World seeks submissions on theme of simplicity

Anabaptist World invites your original submissions for an up­coming issue focusing on the theme “What is simplicity?” Articles should be between 600 and 1,200 words. Photos or other art are welcome. Submis­sions should be made to by Aug. 21. For more infor­mation, see

Open house planned for Haroldo Nunes and family

An open house will be held for Haroldo Nunes and his family on Sunday, July 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church (14367 Hackett Road, Kidron).  Open Arms Hispanic Ministry wants to celebrate and express appreciation to Haroldo for his 17 years of ministry with Open Arms. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Ministry Grant proposals are due Aug. 4

There’s still time to apply: Aug. 4 is the deadline to submit a grant proposal for an Ohio Conference Ministry Grant. The Ministry Development Team (MDT) is accepting proposals from Conference congregations and related organizations for projects and mission initiatives. The MDT has $7,395 available for grants this year. Learn more and apply online at

Register for Pastor-Spouse Retreat by Sept. 1

Pastors: Are you planning on attending the Ohio Conference Pastor-Spouse Retreat? The retreat will take place Nov. 10-12 at Deer Creek State Park Lodge and Conference Center in Mt. Sterling, Ohio. Registration is due by Sept. 1, 2023. For more information, see To register, go to

Anabaptist World seeks submissions

Anabaptist World invites your original submissions for an upcoming issue focusing on the theme “resisting Christian nationalism.” Articles should be between 600 and 1,200 words. For more information about this theme, see Submissions are due to no later than July 24, 2023.

MCC to offer immigration law training

Mennonite Central Committee is hosting an in-person Basic Immigration Law Training Sept. 11-15 in Akron, Pennsylvania.  This 40-hour training will be conducted using the curriculum of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC). This course will help to provide the necessary training component for individuals who wish to apply for accreditation from the Department of Justice (DOJ).  DOJ recognition and accreditation allows…

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Mennonite Men to offer one-day retreat

Mennonite Men will hold a Men’s Retreat Saturday, Aug. 19, at Pathways Retreat in Goshen, Indiana. The theme of this half-day retreat will be “Living that Matters for Men.” Steve Thomas, US coordinator for Mennonite Men, will be the retreat leader. For more information, please see the flier included with this issue of Perspective. To register, go to

MMN announces new service locations

Interested in short-term service? Mennonite Mission Network’s Service Opportunities with Our Partners (SOOP) offers flexible service terms for individuals ages 25+ and families of all ages. Mennonite Mission Network has added three locations to the existing 45 locations across the United States. New service locations include Amigo Centre, Sturgis, Michigan; Open Door Mennonite Church, Jackson, Mississippi; and Menno Haven Camp…

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Apply for Ministry Grants by Aug. 4

Do you have an idea for a ministry that could impact your community? Why not apply for a Ministry Grant? The deadline to submit a grant proposal is Friday, Aug. 4. Learn more at

Run 4 Relief set for July 8

The Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale 5K/1K Run will take place Saturday, July 8. Both races will start at the Mt. Hope Event Center. The 1K Fun Run will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K Run will begin at 8 a.m. Every participant will receive a T-shirt, and the top six overall runners will receive an award. Age awards will…

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Relief sale auction items pictured online

Reminder: The Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale & Auction will take place July 7-8 at the Mt. Hope Event Center. See a photo gallery of the auction items at

Golf event to benefit Adriel

Save the date: Adriel will hold its annual benefit golf scramble Sept. 11 at Eagle Rock Golf Club in Defiance, Ohio. For more information, contact Jennifer Butler at 419-906-0228 or email

Everence adds staff in NE Ohio

Everence Financial® has announced the addition of Roger Dishong, Justin Wagler and Glenn Black to its staff in Northeast Ohio. For more details, please see Everence – New NE Ohio Staffers.

MMN seeks staff accountant

Mennonite Mission Network is seeking a staff accountant. This position is full time, and could be either in office, hybrid or remote. The staff accountant will oversee budget development and monitor budget performance. This position will also be the liaison between finance and other departments and work teams and  cross-train to cover other finance functions as necessary. For more information,…

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Open Arms Hispanic Ministries seeks new executive director

Haroldo Nunes, executive director of Open Arms Hispanic Ministries, has announced his resignation, effective at the end of July 2023. He plans to move to Florida to be closer to family. Open Arms is seeking a new executive director. Please see for details. A PDF with the complete job description is available at

Webinar explores best practices for technology in worship

Anabaptist Worship Network recently offered a webinar about best practices for audio visual technology in worship. A recording is available at Viewers can learn from expert panelists on a range of issues related to practical and artistic concerns for sound and images, with takeaways for both beginning and advanced technicians.