Bethel alumna named to presidential council
Aziza Hasan was appointed to the President’s 3rd Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
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Mennonite chaplain walks with families after Roseburg shooting
Byron Gingrich was onsite at Mercy Medical Center when victims and their families began arriving after the Oct. 1 shooting.
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Students test a call to ministry
Two Bethel College students spent their summer serving and learning through the Ministry Inquiry Program.
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Smith remains a model for Mennonites, biographer says

Written By: Bluffton University  
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Photo: Bluffton University. Photo provided.  In the first half of the 20th century, Dr. C. Henry Smith wrote three books that were “the vehicles by which generations of Mennonites learned their history,” says Dr. Perry Bush, a Bluffton (Ohio) University professor of history. Now, nearly 75 years after the last of Smith’s histories of the […]




Faith, race, and forgiveness

10.13.2015 Posted By: The Mennonite 135 Times read

Tobin Miller Shearer is the Director of the African-American Studies Program at the University of Montana and an Associate Professor of History. He is the co-founder of the Damascus Road anti-racism process and the author of Daily Demonstrators: The Civil Rights Movement in Mennonite Homes and Sanctuaries. He holds membership at Community Mennonite Fellowship in Markham, Ill.  […]


Reflections on 54 combined years of serving the church

10.9.2015 Posted By: wearemenno 60 Times read

Long-time Executive Board staff members Carol Epp, office manager for convention planning, and Kathryn Rodgers, executive assistant, have concluded their time with Mennonite Church USA in the last year. (See the related article from Mennonite Church USA on staff transitions.) Kathryn transitioned to serve half time as executive assistant for Mennonite Education Agency in December 2014 […]


#Blessed: Reflections on the book of Job

10.8.2015 Posted By: The Mennonite 379 Times read

Amy Yoder McGloughlin is the pastor at Germantown Mennonite Church in Philadelphia. These reflections originally appeared on her blog, Stories from the Red Tent.  If you are on social media, perhaps you’ve seen the hashtag, #blessed. “I got into grad school!” #blessed “I went on a Caribbean cruise!” #blessed “Sixty people wished me a happy […]


Bubbles, puddles and Mountain States Mennonite Conference

10.6.2015 Posted By: wearemenno 251 Times read
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This post originally ran on the Mennonite Church USA website as part of the #WeAreMenno series. Bubbles, puddles and Mountain States Mennonite Conference (MSMC). What do they have in common? During the 2009 MSMC annual assembly, Herm Weaver, our former conference minister, challenged MSMC to find those “bubbles” in our conference where the Holy Spirit […]


October recipe: West African peanut stew with kale

10.2.2015 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 887 Times read

Our sister-in-law made this deliciously comforting West African peanut stew with kale on a recent visit to New Haven, and I have been craving it non-stop ever since. The taste and smell of garlic, ginger and peanuts will warm you on these crisp fall days. This simple and hearty vegetarian take on the classic West […]


The rich man, Lazarus and the Doctrine of Discovery

10.2.2015 Posted By: wearemenno 466 Times read
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Iris de León-Hartshorn is director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. She preached a sermon at Portland Mennonite Church on August 16, 2015 based on the parable of the Rich man and Lazarus found in Luke16: 19-31. This is an adapted version of that sermon. These reflections appeared first on Mennonite Church USA’s website. […]



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9.23.2015 Written By: Beth Landis 112 Times read

When your pastor is ill

Eight things congregations can do when their pastor is ill for an extended time A few years ago, when I was chair of our leadership team, our pastor, Linda, was diagnosed with a chronic illness. Since then, I’ve had several conversations with others about situations where a pastor acquired a chronic or acute illness. By […]

9.23.2015 Written By: Shannon T. Martin 343 Times read

What I’ve learned as a worship leader

Four lessons about the nature of worship in congregations Our congregation had a small group series with the title “Re-Imagining Worship.” The purpose of this short Bible study was to find out more about the meaning of worship and to compare our current version of corporate worship as a church family to what it could […]

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9.23.2015 Written By: Steve Carpenter 96 Times read

Babe Ruth and Orie Miller

Two giants with different lives and different legacies Two giants: George Henry (Babe) Ruth and Orie Miller were born just three years apart in 1895 and 1892, respectively. They were a part of what journalist Tom Brokaw calls “the greatest generation” because they and their peers lived through both the Great Depression, and many served […]
9.23.2015 Written By: Isaac S. Villegas 450 Times read

Another Moses

We need another Moses, like Harriet Tubman, to help lead people out of the modern slavery that is our prison system. In the top right corner of the page of our Mennonite children’s Bible that features the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt, there’s a picture of Harriet Tubman. She is another […]

A Palestinian activist confronts Israeli soldiers during a weekly protest against the Israeli Separation Wall in Al Ma'sara, West Bank, May 18, 2012. If built as planned, the Wall would cut off the village from its agricultural lands.
9.23.2015 Written By: Ryan Rodrick Beiler 352 Times read

Combatant for a just peace

Our upbringings could hardly be more different, but the kinship I’ve found with an Israeli military veteran makes me want to bring him to my next family reunion. Yonatan Shapira was born on an Israeli air force base one year before his father flew fighter jets in the 1973 Yom Kippur War against Egypt and […]

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8.27.2015 Written By: Martin Shupack 1050 Times read

The Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage

Let me put on my lawyer hat for a moment—and a bit of the pastoral as well—to write briefly about June’s ruling by the Supreme Court. As a result of that decision, it is now the law of the land that individuals have the right to marry a person of the same sex, a right […]


10.6.2015 Written By: Hannah Heinzekehr 543 Times read

A complex communion

This past Sunday, many Christian (and Mennonite) churches observed World Communion Sunday, a day set aside each year at the beginning of October to promote Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. Congregations are urged to participate by celebrating communion/observing the Eucharist. In essence, the day calls on Christians to celebrate the unity they find as followers […]

10.5.2015 Written By: Stephanie Krehbiel 1493 Times read

Make it safer for sexual violence survivors to name perpetrators

In August, together with 10 other Mennonite or formerly Mennonite advocates for survivors of sexual violence, I attended the annual conference of the Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests. SNAP is a 30-year-old organization formed by Catholic survivors of clergy sexual abuse. It has since branched out to serve survivors whose abuse occurred in different […]

9.23.2015 Written By: Gordon Houser 187 Times read

Good journalism brings justice

As newspapers lose subscribers and have to cut staff, including reporters, we all suffer. Stories that can help bring justice by exposing injustice go unreported, simply because the resources are not there to pursue a certain story. But in spite of these difficulties, good journalism does still happen, and stories are written that do expose […]

9.23.2015 Written By: Aaron Kauffman 1722 Times read

Evangelism: our top priority?

What is the most urgent priority for the church today? The Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA may have nailed it in their “Pastoral Letter to KC2015 Delegates.” No, I’m not referring to their calls for biblical discernment, mutual forbearance and unity—crucial as these are. Something else caught my attention. They announced a “commitment to […]

9.23.2015 Written By: John D. Roth 443 Times read

Anabaptists by the numbers

According—appropriately enough—to the book of Numbers, on the first day of the second month of the second year after the exodus from Egypt, God commanded Moses to take a census of the children of Israel (Numbers 1:1-2). Elsewhere in the Old Testament, a systematic count of God’s people was associated with wickedness (e.g., 2 Samuel […]

9.23.2015 Written By: Sara Dick 265 Times read

Wrecked and redeemed

When I first began working as a pastor, someone asked me what was most surprising to me about my new job. After a moment’s thought, I replied, “How much I need to pray.” I was on a sabbatical this summer and, looking back, it seems all roads led me to deepen and expand these truths […]