Mennonite Church USA is part of the global Anabaptist family. We value our kinship with other fellowships in this family. We build relationships with each other and work together in many settings.
Mennonite Church USA cultivates conversation and relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Church of God, Cleveland, a historic Pentecostal denomination.
Grassroots initiatives also foster conversation and relationship with Catholics, Orthodox and Reformed Christians.
Discipleship Communities and Networks
We have fostered relationship with discipleship-oriented communities and groups, many of which share a profound kinship with Anabaptists. Widening the Circle: Experiments in Christian Discipleship is a book edited by Joanna Shenk, who spent years visited and cultivated relationships with groups like The Simple Way, Jesus Radicals, Missio Dei, The Open Door Community, Jubilee Partners and The Beloved Community Center.
Interchurch Peace Initiatives
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) arose from a call at Mennonite World Conference in 1984 for Christians to devote the same discipline and self-sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war. Initiated by Mennonites, Brethren and Quakers with broad ecumenical participation, CPT’s ministry of Biblically-based and spiritually-centered peacemaking emphasizes creative public witness, nonviolent direct action and protection of human rights. Mennonite Church USA is one of several officially-endorsing denominations and groups.
Representatives of denominational peace fellowships, some denominational peace staff, Historic Peace Churches and other networks meet periodically for a retreat, in order to share information, build relationships and explore common initiatives.
Broader Church Associations
Delegates strongly voted in favor of Mennonite Church USA joining Christian Churches Together (CCT) as a full participant in 2007. CCT brings together leaders from the various streams of the Christian church: Evangelical, historic Protestant, Pentecostal, Orthodox, Historic Black churches and the Roman Catholic Church. Mennonite Church USA leaders attend the annual CCT meetings.
For more than twenty years, Mennonites have participated in theological conversations convened by the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches. Gayle Gerber Koontz, Professor of Theology and Ethics at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, participates in these conversations on behalf of Mennonite Church USA.
In various settings, Mennonites are in conversation and partnership with evangelical leaders and organizations. As is possible, Mennonite Church USA sends representatives to NAE meetings.