Welcome to the MCC Washington Memo blog

“For everything there is a season…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1a)

As the writer of Ecclesiastes observes, seasons come and seasons go.

Soon after Mennonite Central Committee first opened its Washington Office forty years ago, the Washington Memo print newsletter was launched. During that era, letters, telegrams and phone calls comprised the main ways of communicating a message.

But seasons have changed, and technology now allows us to do much more. That’s why I’m pleased to welcome you to the brand-new MCC Washington Memo blog.

We see this blog as a continuation of what is found in the Memo–reporting and analysis of U.S. public policy issues from an Anabaptist perspective. But we can now provide much more timely updates on policy issues which change quickly.

Of course, there is still a role for print media. The print version of the Washington Memo continues today and this fall we will unveil a new look for it. Later this year we will also launch a new e-mail newsletter.

All of these ways of communicating are really just instruments to serve the mission of the office: “to be a Mennonite and Brethren in Christ presence on Capitol Hill, providing and encouraging prophetic witness to the way of Christ on matters of public policy.”

We hope that you will join us in this prophetic witness. Thanks for reading!

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