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Photo: Participants at the SST Search Conference listen during a discussion. Photo by Richard Aguirre. September 12, 1968, marked the inception of Goshen (Indiana) College’s Study-Service Trimester (now Study-Service Term, or SST), with the first units embarking for Costa Rica, Guadeloupe and Jamaica. Almost exactly 50 years later, 32 faculty, staff and students met Sept. […]

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Worship materials created for Mennonite Heritage Sunday with the theme “Lament in response to the Doctrine of Discovery” are now available at mennoniteusa.org/heritage2018. Heritage Sunday takes place on the last Sunday of each October, Oct. 28 this year, to mark events and people with historical importance in the church, and has focused on a wide […]

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Here are five things worth paying attention to this week. These are designed to expose you to a perspective you may not normally come across in your daily lives. 1. Senate Judiciary Hearings It’s been a rough couple of weeks for women. The press and many people in the United States are discussing whether or […]

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MC USA leaders speak out against sexual violence

10.8.2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

by Mennonite Church USA staff In 2015, the Delegate Assembly of Mennonite Church USA passed the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse. It says: “We lament that sexual abuse exists not only in our society but also within our own homes, congregations and institutions… “When people violate others sexually, the church is called to be a place […]

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The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our December 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Good News, Great Joy. Description of the theme: An angel of the Lord stood before the shepherds, and they were terrified. “Do not be afraid,” the angel says in Luke 1. “I am bringing you good […]

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Peace Academic Center: A re-envisioned partnership

10.1.2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

I snapped back into reality quickly as the motorcyclist sped by me. After eight and a half hours of driving round-trip through mostly secluded mesas, I must confess, my mind wandered a bit as I reentered the dense traffic of Phoenix, Arizona. Apparently I barely missed the biker as I changed lanes. He expressed his […]

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Features

10.8.2018 Written By: Joanne Gallardo

My journey of forgiveness

Photo: Joanne Gallardo. Photo by Olivia Copsey. This article comes from the October issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “Loving Enemies.” Read more reflections online or subscribe to receive more original features in your inbox each month. I’ll never forget when I became a pacifist. I was 12 and not a part of a church. My dad bought an old VHS […]

9.24.2018 Written By: Russ Eanes

An unhurried journey: Walking the Camino de Santiago

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Pilgrimage” For more stories on this theme, see the September issue of The Mennonite, available here. For nearly 20 years, the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, beckoned me. Since the ninth century—and possibly longer—pilgrims have walked to Santiago de Compestela, largely along a route […]

9.7.2018 Written By: Nancy R. Heisey

Pilgrimage: From far away to near at hand

Photo: H.S. Bender (front, center) enters the Grossmünster in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1952. Photo from the Mennonite archives in North Newton, Kan.; it appeared in a photo essay on Mennonite World Conference in Mennonite Life (June 1978) This article comes from the September issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “Pilgrimage.” Read more reflections online or subscribe to receive more original features in […]

8.3.2018 Written By: Mauricio Chenlo

3 principles at the core of church planting

This article comes from the August issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “Church Planting.” Read more reflections online or subscribe to receive more original features in your inbox each month. The Holy Spirit is the architect for new bodies of believers, but it takes people guided by principles to carry out the plans. Calling leaders, sustaining ministry and encouraging multiplication are […]

7.30.2018 Written By: Elizabeth Raid

Discovering a sustainable peace as I age

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Aging with Dignity.” For more stories on this theme, see the July issue of The Mennonite, available here. “Great posts on Facebook of your China trip,” my friend said when we met in the grocery store. “Was China on your bucket list?” “Not really” I said. “The opportunity […]

7.16.2018 Written By: Larry Guengerich

Continuum of care is an answer to prayer

Photo: Siegfried Wendt. Photo provided by Landis Communities. This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Aging with Dignity.” For more stories on this theme, see the July issue of The Mennonite, available here. Siegfried Wendt and his family experienced the upheaval and violence of World War II. Following the end of the conflict, he was able […]

Opinions

7.25.2018 Written By: Joanne Gallardo

Doors, not walls: Why LGBTQ inclusion is so divisive in MC USA

I joined the Mennonite church as a teenager. Mennonite Church USA as a denomination was still new, and I found it fitting that I was starting my journey as a Mennonite at the same time this denomination was trying to get itself off the ground. I was pretty convinced this denomination was a perfect fit […]

7.23.2018 Written By: Ryan Ahlgrim

Three reasons why gay acceptance has been so divisive in MC USA

Since its formation in 2001, Mennonite Church USA has declined from more than 120,000 adult members to about 67,000 adult members today. Most of this loss has been due to congregations, as well as some area conferences, leaving the denomination. Although congregations and conferences have left over a variety of issues, the most prominent one […]

7.11.2018 Written By: Mel Lehman

What would Mr. Rogers do with the Muslim travel ban?

I know a thing or two about the power of fear. I was grounded by a fear of flying many years ago. I traveled to Europe twice in a cheap cabin deep in the belly of the Queen Elizabeth 2, near the rumbling engines, because I couldn’t bring myself to get on an airplane. With […]

7.2.2018 Written By: Safwat Marzouk

A place of refuge or oppression?

The recent “zero tolerance” policy that has been conducted by the Trump administration toward asylum seekers along the U.S.-Mexico border has left thousands of families horrified and traumatized as parents and children were detained separately. Such an abhorrent policy does not take into account the vulnerability of these migrant families who have escaped violence and […]

6.28.2018 Written By: Amanda Bouwman

What I learned at the Philadelphia Detention Center

I recently participated in a tour of the Philadelphia Detention Center. After doing a lot of reading about the injustice of mass incarceration in our country, including The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, I feel like my eyes have been opened to a new reality that I had previously ignored or had not chosen to see […]

6.18.2018 Written By: Paul Hershberger

The cost of not remembering 1525

Two articles previewing an observance of a 500th anniversary of Anabaptism stressed the importance of “right remembering.” Another way to describe it might be “not remembering.” In 30-plus pages, in the January 2017 issues of The Mennonite and Mennonite Quarterly Review, there is no mention of three founders present at Anabaptism’s start, nor a brief […]