Mennonite World Conference- Congreso Mundial Menonita - Conférence Mennonite Mondiale

August 2023

Many of us have just lived through the hottest few months in our lifetimes. This month, as this season ends, let’s take some time to ponder on the concept of ayni from Ecuador, learn how a congregation in Hong Kong is making worship accessible, read about the network meetings, and check out MWC’s new tagline! May the earth heal as God’s people unite to care for it.

—Elina Ciptadi, Interim Chief Communications Officer


New tagline reinforces MWC Vision and Mission Statements

If you were to sum up Mennonite World Conference in three phrases, what would you say? MWC leadership has selected a new tag line to do just that: “following Jesus, living out unity, building peace”. “After almost one year of consultative process with Anabaptist theologians and MWC staff, under the...

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The rule of ayni: reciprocal relationship

In Kichwa, there is a word, ayni , that describes the rule and practice of interdependence. “One does not exist unless the community exists,” says Julian Guamán. In the Kichwa worldview, that community includes all of creation, not just humans. Ayni dictates that as members of the community, humans...

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Growing networks add faces in Virginia

“We also valued very much our first face-to-face meeting with the Faith and Life Commission as a whole, and Anicka Fast as in-coming secretary,” says David Wiebe, chair of GAHEN. In development for several years already, three additional networks are in the process of being added to MWC...

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Uniting people through technology

Witnessing in Hong Kong and beyond Church members gather in a school auditorium, singing worship songs in both Cantonese (the mother tongue for most people in Hong Kong) and Mandarin. The Chinese languages share a script that contains thousands of characters. Through the internet and the...

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High water and helping hands

In December 2022, heavy rainfall caused flooding in several cities in Central Java, Indonesia. One of the most affected areas was Tanjung Karang Village, Kudus. The Wulan River overflowed, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes. Some 130 people took refuge in the hall of GKMI Tanjung Karang, a local Mennonite World Conference member church.*

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Universally appealing core values

Meet Hiro Katano of Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan Member of the Faith & Life Commission. How do you serve MWC? I have been a General Council member, representing Nihon Menonaito Kirisuto Kyokai Kyogikai (Japan Mennonite Christian Church Conference), since 2016. I serve MWC by connecting it with my...

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Courier 38.3:

Hope takes action in despair
South Korea
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Peace Sunday 2023 – worship resource

Theme We are Family! Participating in God’s family
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A pastoral letter for Anabaptist-Mennonites

The escalating violent conflict in West Africa...
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Prayers of gratitude and intercession

Pray for pastor Estevan Gonzalez Villarroel, president of MWC associate member church Iglesia Misionera Anabaptista in Bolivia. He, his wife, and child are recovering at home after a car accident.
—submitted by Freddy Barron, MWC regional representative for South America – Argentina, Bolivia, Chile

Pray for leadership challenges in some of the Indian member churches.
—submitted by Cynthia Peacock, MWC regional representative for Southern Asia

Pray for Mennonite young people in Colombia who are working for reconciliation, peacebuilding, nonviolence, conscientious objection, truth and justice.