Shine: Living in God’s Light looking for curriculum writers


Shine: Living in God’s Light, the Sunday school curriculum produced by MennoMedia and Brethren Press, is accepting applications for curriculum writers. The curriculum is for children age three through grade 8.  Accepted writers must attend a Writers Conference in Virginia, March 2-5, 2017. Shine pays for meals and lodging during the conference and covers reasonable travel expenses.

More details are available at Application and sample session deadline is December 1, 2016.

Adult Bible Study announces new study cycle (Press release in English and Spanish)

News release–English; see below for the release in Spanish.

June 8, 2016

Adult Bible Study announces new study cycle
Anabaptist Bible study curriculum for today’s church

AB8004HARRISONBURG, Va., and KITCHENER, Ont.—Adult Bible Study (ABS), MennoMedia’s premier faith formation curriculum for adults, begins a new six-year cycle this fall of studying the whole Bible.

The outlines for weekly lessons, based on eight biblical themes, were developed by the Committee on the Uniform Series, an ecumenical group of Christian educators and publishers in which MennoMedia participates. Anabaptist pastors, teachers, and lay leaders in Canada and the United States write the study materials. ABS Online offers “just in time” commentary that relates the Bible studies to current events in the church and in the world. Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos, a Spanish-language version of ABS, is also available.

“The themes provide a helpful way to see connections between the Old and New Testaments,” commented James E. Horsch, ABS editor emeritus. “We are particularly excited about a New Testament unit featuring women who were called to minister.” Horsch served as chair of the Committee on the Uniform Series during the development of the 2016–22 study cycle.

ABS offers meaty, relevant, Anabaptist commentary that invites spiritual growth and ABS-iconSmaller

practice,” said editor Sharon Williams. “ABS is great for congregations looking for Sunday school or Bible study curriculum that draws people into God’s Word and results in a closer walk with Jesus in the world.”

More information about ABS and EBA is available at or 1-800-245-7894. Individual and bulk subscriptions are available.

MennoMedia Staff

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Melodie Davis
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Boletín informativo

08 de junio del 2016

Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos anuncia nuevo ciclo de estudio
Currículo de estudios bíblicos anabautistas para la iglesia de hoy

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HARRISONBURG, Virginia, y KITCHENER, Ontario— Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos (EBA), el currículo principal de MennoMedia para la formación de la fe de adultos, inicia en otoño un nuevo ciclo de seis años para estudiar toda la Biblia.

Las líneas generales de las lecciones semanales, basadas en ocho temas bíblicos, fueron desarrolladas por el Comité sobre las Series Uniformes, un grupo ecuménico de educadores y editoriales cristianos del que MennoMedia participa. Pastores, maestros y líderes laicos anabautistas de Canadá y EE. UU. escriben los materiales de estudio. Adult Bible Study (ABS), la versión en inglés de EBA, también está disponible.

“Los temas brindan una forma práctica de ver conexiones entre el Antiguo y el Nuevo Testamento”, comentó James E. Horsch, editor emérito de ABS. “Nos entusiasma de modo particular una nueva unidad de Nuevo Testamento sobre mujeres que recibieron el llamado a ministrar”. Horsch se desempeñó como presidente del Comité sobre las Series Uniformes durante el desarrollo del ciclo de estudio 2016-22.

EBA ofrece un comentario anabautista sustancioso y pertinente que invita al crecimiento espiritual y la práctica”, dijo la editora Sharon Williams. “EBA es fantástico para aquellas congregaciones que buscan un currículo de escuela dominical o de estudios bíblicos que involucre a la gente con la palabra de Dios y que produzca como resultado un andar más íntimo con Jesús en el mundo”.

Más información sobre EBA y ABS disponible en o llamando al 1-800-245-7894. Hay guías de EBA para el alumno y el maestro para descargar e imprimir.

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Joan Daggett to serve as new project director for Shine children’s curriculum


Joan Daggett, new project director for Shine

May 12, 2016
News release

Joan Daggett to serve as new project director for Shine children’s curriculum
Current project director Rose Stutzman retires June 30

HARRISONBURG, Va., ELGIN, Ill., and KITCHENER, Ont.—Joan Daggett of Bridgewater, Virginia, has accepted the position of project director for Shine: Living in God’s Light, children’s Sunday school curriculum produced by MennoMedia and Brethren Press.

Daggett is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren and was a writer for the Jubilee curriculum and a trainer for Gather ’Round, both also copublished by MennoMedia and Brethren Press.

Since 2011, Daggett has been executive director at the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center in Harrisonburg. From 1998 to 2011, Daggett was associate district executive at the Shenandoah District of the Church of the Brethren. In those years, she coached congregations on matters related to Christian education, faith formation, nurture, and discipleship, and provided staff support for the Disaster Ministries Auction. She also led numerous curriculum trainings during her time with the Shenandoah District.

“Christian education and discipleship formation have been my passion and calling in life,” said Daggett in accepting the position.

Before 1998, Daggett was director of Christian education in a Presbyterian church and a copastor in a Church of the Brethren congregation. She is a graduate of Bridgewater College and Bethany Theological Seminary, and has a certificate in nonprofit management from North Park University. The search committee named Daggett’s experience working with previous curriculum projects, ordination, and additional education in nonprofit management as being beneficial in the role of project director for Shine.

Amy Gingerich, editorial director for MennoMedia, commented, “We are excited to bring Joan’s passion for sharing about Christian formation to the Shine team.”

“Joan is also especially strong in building relationships with congregations,” says Wendy McFadden, publisher of Brethren Press. “She brings exceptional experience to this position.”

Daggett will work out of the Harrisonburg office of MennoMedia as project director and will begin full-time later this summer.

Rose Stutzman, writer for MennoMedia. Stutzman works from the Elkhart office.

Rose Stutzman, retiring project director for Shine and other publishing work.

Rose Stutzman is retiring June 30 as project director for Shine. Stutzman led the team that developed the Shine curriculum through conceptualization, implementation, and launch from 2013 to 2016. She also served as Gather ’Round editor from 2006 through 2014.

Prior to her work with Gather ’Round, Stutzman and her husband, Mervin, served with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Kenya, where she was an elementary school teacher. Additionally, she worked at Mennonite Publishing House from 1995 to 2002 as an editor and director of Faith & Life Resources.

MennoMedia, the publishing agency serving Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, and Brethren Press, publishing house of the Church of the Brethren, have been publishing curriculum together for many years, earning high marks for Shine, Gather ’Round, and Jubilee, all Sunday school curricula for children.

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