About Us

Our interpretation of the Anabaptist tradition in contemporary urban living leads us to emphasize the life and teachings of Jesus in addition to his death and resurrection. Drawing upon the Anabaptist-Mennonite faith heritage, we value community, refuse violence, and seek ways to promote peace and justice. Instead of defining our community with doctrinal boundaries, membership and full participation are open to all who feel drawn to Christ and his teachings without regard to sexual orientation, gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, and race.

Our Core Values

  • Jesus-centered Anabaptism
    Following in the Anabaptist tradition, our lives are centered on Jesus’ example of radical love and servanthood, practicing adult baptism, rejecting violence, and being rooted in the Creator and empowered by the Spirit.
  • Compassionate Community
    Our faith informs how we live in real and practical ways and is displayed through our commitment to serve, nurture, support, and be in solidarity with one another.
  • Expansive Inclusion
    We affirm and celebrate the image of God in all people. We strive to create a community of welcome, belonging, and accessibility for all, including people who identify as LGBTQIA+, and people of all races, ethnicities, classes, abilities, genders, faith journeys, and ages.
  • Peace, Justice, and Service
    In our discipleship, we aspire to be people of peace and reconciliation, opposing war, addressing injustice, dismantling racism, commiting to service, and actively promoting peace by working for the collective liberation of all creation.
  • Harmony in Diversity
    Within worship, community life, and discernment through consensus, we encourage each person to exercise their spiritual gifts for the thriving of the church.

Connections:
Member of Supportive Communities Network
Member of Central District Conference

Our History

The land, the waters, and the prairies of the area where Madison Mennonite Church occupies physical space have been inhabited since time immemorial by Indigenous communities of diverse traditions, cultures, and languages. The Ho-Chunk, the People of the Sacred Voice, are the long-time caretakers of this territory around the Four Lakes and beyond. 

Supported by the Doctrine of Discovery, European colonizers settled on this land, often utilizing violence and manipulation in attempts to force Indigenous peoples to cede territorial stewardship through such policies as the Treaty of 1832 and the 1830 Indian Removal Act. Many, including the Ho-Chunk, resisted these attempts and continue to remain on the land and care for it.

European Anabaptists benefitted historically and continue to receive the benefits of colonization. Reckoning with this part of our history, we at MMC now have an obligation to repair the generations of harm. We seek to make restitution through acts of collective repair, continued learning, and relationship.

More about Mennonites:

Mennonite Church USA
Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online