God is doing a new thing in Central America

By Dan King Instead of a luxury cruise to some tropical paradise this year, consider an “Anabaptist Church Tour” in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras this fall. Charles Geiser will be leading this tour Oct. 19-30, and it will highlight what Anabaptist churches in the region are doing. Experience firsthand and up close how God’s Spirit is working among Anabaptist believers…

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Stories from Tanzania – seeking peace and dealing with difficult issues

“We have been praying for you [Mennonite Church USA],” says Bishop Amos Muhagachi, a leader in the Tanzanian Mennonite Church who is currently studying at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. In this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast, hosts Bill Seymour and Thomas Dunn talk with Bishop Amos Muhagachi about his experiences with seeking peace on the national level…

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Peacebuilding institute offers variety of courses

Registration is now open for the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. SPI 2018 offers two seven-day sessions and two five-day sessions, each with several courses running at the same time. Participants can take one course per session. Courses can be taken for professional skills training or academic credit. Courses are open to all people interested…

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Peace center offers conflict transformation training

You are invited to attend the one-day workshop Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches on Oct. 21 in Indianapolis, Ind. This workshop will focus on the biblical basis for conflict transformation, styles of responding to conflict, communication skills necessary to resolve conflict peacefully, strategies to prevent destructive conflict in churches, and a model for working at congregational decision-making in a win-win…

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MWC Peace Sunday worship materials are now available

Mennonite World Conference (MWC) is encouraging congregations to celebrate Peace Sunday on Sept. 24. The theme for Peace Sunday in 2017 is “A  Renewed Peace Church Builds Bridges.” This theme picks up on two elements. The first builds on the Renewal 2027 process which MWC has embarked on. Second, in light of the rising nationalisms around the world, which separates…

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Voices for Peace Tour coming to Ohio

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The Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace Tour, sponsored by Mennonite Church USA, is coming to Ohio in May with stops at three Ohio congregations. Dates and locations are as follows: May 7 — Columbus Mennonite Church, 9:30 a.m. May 8 — Lima Mennonite Church, 7 p.m. May 10 — Zion Mennonite Church, 6:30 p.m. At these programs Amy Shuster,…

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Grant supports event in Toledo

In August the Ohio Conference Ministry Development Team awarded a grant to Toledo Mennonite Church and several partnering organizations to help sponsor a Guns into Garden Tools Event in Toledo. That event took place Oct. 29 at the University Church in Toledo. To see a video featuring this event, go to http://bit.ly/GunsintoGardenToolsToledo.

Spread the Peace grants available

To encourage congregations and conferences to “spread the peace” in and beyond Mennonite Church USA, the Peace and Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA has small start-up grants available. Grants of $1,000 are given as Peace and Justice Support Network (PJSN) funding allows. The goal is to distribute $5,000 annually. PJSN will accept applications through Dec. 31, 2016. For…

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Peace Center plans peacemaker’s pilgrimage

Richard Blackburn, executive director of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, will be leading “A Peacemaker’s Pilgrimage to the Holy Land” Jan. 11-22, 2017. Please see www.lmpeacecenter.org/events/a-peacemakers-pilgrimage-to-the-holy-land/ for more information. Credentialed pastors, please note:  Mennonite Church USA’s “Come and See Fund” will provide a minimum of a $500 scholarship for any credentialed MC USA leaders who join the pilgrimage. To apply…

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