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Bethany students help rescue family from house fire

Written By: Hannah Heinzekehr, The Mennonite  
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Photo: Fire consumes a home on County Road 40 in Goshen, Indiana, on Tuesday Dec. 12. Photo by Ben Mikesell/The Goshen News. Used with permission.  Dec. 12 was a snow day spent at home for students at Bethany Christian Schools in Goshen, Indiana, but for two high school students, Hannah Rose and Elaina Youngberg, the […]



Advent day 15: A holy conversation

12.17.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 113 Times read

Dorothy Nickel Friesen is a retired pastor and area conference minister. She currently volunteers as a grant writer for nonprofit organizations, serves as a consultant to pastors and congregations and will publish her memoir in 2018.  She lives in Newton, Kansas, attends Bethel College Mennonite Church, and enjoys dark chocolate, afternoon naps and trips to […]


Advent day 14: What good is faith anyway?

12.16.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 192 Times read

Marty Troyer lives in Houston Texas, which is still recovering from one of the worst natural disasters in United States history: an August hurricane named Harvey. He is pastor of Houston Mennonite Church and the author of The Gospel Next Door: Following Jesus Right Where You Are. Though the fig tree does not blossom,     and no […]


Advent day 13: The Christmas that was promised

12.15.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 246 Times read

Marty Troyer lives in Houston Texas, which is still recovering from one of the worst natural disasters in United States history: an August hurricane named Harvey. He is pastor of Houston Mennonite Church and the author of The Gospel Next Door: Following Jesus Right Where You Are. O Lord, I have heard of your renown, […]


Friday roundup: Five (+1) things worth paying attention to this week

12.15.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 167 Times read

David and Leann Augsburger are two semi-retired people who co-lead a home base church (Peace Mennonite Church, Claremont, California) and volunteer to welcome, care and connect people in the San Gabriel valley. 1. The Crown. The second season of “The Crown,” found on Netflix, grapples profoundly with the issue of forgiveness in episode six. Queen Elizabeth […]


Holiday spending and your budget: Five tips for avoiding common pitfalls

12.14.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 82 Times read

Shari Beck is a Financial Advisor with Everence.  Black Friday is officially over and the holiday gift season has started. Even if you overindulged over Thanksgiving – in more ways than one – it’s not too late to keep your holiday spending under control. First, let’s assess the situation. Are you over budget and what can we […]


Advent day 12: Take time to dream

12.14.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 274 Times read

Leonard Dow is a Stewardship and Development Specialist with Everence Financial. Prior to this, he served as Pastor of Oxford Circle Mennonite Church in Philadelphia for 20 years. He is married to Dr. Rosalie Rolon-Dow and they have three children.  Science tells us that when we do not dream we become unsettled mentally and physically. […]


Ushering in a new reality

12.13.2017 Posted By: Ben Wideman 146 Times read

Ben Wideman is Campus Pastor for 3rd Way Collective at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania.  One of the most moving news stories from this past week was the announcement that rather than picking one single person, Time Magazine has named a group of people, dubbed the Silence Breakers, as their persons of the […]


March 2018 Call for Submissions: Spiritual resilience

12.13.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 58 Times read

The Mennonite, Inc. welcomes your original submissions and contributions for our March 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Spiritual resilience.   Although Christian faith calls us to claim hope, this can be hard in the midst of challenging times. The word resilience, has been defined by the American Psychiatric Association as “the […]


Advent day 11: Silence is broken

12.13.2017 Posted By: Byron Pellecer 207 Times read

Byron Pellecer is Associate Conference Minister for Western District Conference.  Reflections on Luke 1: 5-17.  I can only imaging Zachariah’s torment. For nine months he was unable to verbally share his temple experience. Until the day came when silence was broken, he was unable to speak and share about the epiphany he had witnessed. While […]


21st Century Discipleship and the Parable of the Sower: A Contemporary Rendition

12.12.2017 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg 87 Times read

Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg pastors at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, Ohio.  A farmer knew that he was supposed to go out and sow some seeds. The seed was to bear much fruit and nourish and give life to the nations, abundant life. But the farmer didn’t want to get his shoes dirty. So he gathered little […]


Advent day 10: The challenge of change

12.12.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 230 Times read

Alma Ovalle is Director of Student Ministries at Sarasota (Florida) Christian School. She loves to read, write, spend time with family and encourage students and women through spiritual leadership development. One of our Christmas family traditions is to bundle into the car and drive around Sarasota in search of the perfect tree. Every year this […]


Advent day nine: The virtue of fidelity

12.11.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 293 Times read

Rev. Erica Lea-Simka is a graduate of San Jacinto College, Texas A&M, and Truett Theological Seminary. She has served Baptist and Mennonite congregations in Wyoming, Texas, North Carolina, and Washington D.C. She began serving as Pastor of Albuquerque Mennonite Church in November. When not at church or serving the community, she enjoys cooking, walking, movies, […]


Q&A: On Jerusalem, United States policies and Mennonites

12.11.2017 Posted By: Hannah Heinzekehr 1,363 read

On Dec. 6, U.S. President Donald Trump declared that his administration is recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced plans to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in the near future. This move put the Uniged States at odds with many of its international partners—no other country maintains an embassy in Jerusalem. […]


Relationships made tangible in Thomas Fire

12.11.2017 Posted By: Tim Nafziger 458 Times read

Photo of the Ojai Valley, California, during the Thomas Fire. Photo by Tim Nafziger. Tim Nafziger is a regular blogger for The Mennonite, Inc.  Community is key for us as Mennonites and this week that came home to me in a very concrete way as my wife, Charletta, and I watched the Thomas Fire grow from […]


Advent day eight: Do you want the good news or the bad news first?

12.10.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 239 Times read

Sherah-Leigh Gerber enjoys coffee, books and creating with her two young children. A believer, wife, mother and pastor, she lives with her family in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, where she serves as associate pastor for worship, discipleship and care at Harrisonburg (Virginia) Mennonite Church. Reflections on Psalm 85.  “How was your day at school?” I […]


Advent day seven: The pursuit of love and justice

12.9.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 220 Times read

Jenny Castro is the coordinator for the Women in Leadership Project of Mennonite Church USA.  Reflections on Mark 11:27-33.  On Thursday night, it snowed in San Antonio, Texas. It never snows. My girls and I were out shopping (of all things). They had a choir concert on Friday and needed appropriate footwear. We were coming […]


Friday Roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

12.8.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 291 Times read

Joanne Gallardo is pastor of faith formation at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana. 1. Cranberries: ‘Tis the season for cranberries. For some reason, my roommate and I have amassed quite a quantity of them in our freezer. They are the quintessential berry for the holiday season. Maybe you want to put them in your wassail […]


December recipe: Haitian Spiced Hot Chocolate with Coconut (Chokola Ayisyen)

12.7.2017 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 161 Times read

Chokola Ayisyen, Haitian Spiced Hot Chocolate with Coconut is a spicy, thick and comforting drink. In Haiti, Chokola Ayisyen is both served for breakfast and also as a sweet, liquid reassurance during troubling times. In this season, we make and share Chokola Ayisyen in warm solidarity with our Haitian sisters and brothers.  Join us. Yield: 8 […]



12.15.2017 Written By: Ryan Ahlgrim 87 Times read

A long and joyous ministry

Ryan Ahlgrim is Pastor at First Mennonite Church in Richmond, Virginia.  When I was a seminary student, I attended a conference on “Loneliness in the Ministry.” I was so depressed by the stories I heard, I wondered if I really wanted to do this. Nevertheless, I proceeded into pastoral ministry, and thirty-some years later I […]

12.15.2017 Written By: Stephen Penner 106 Times read

Poem: A Good Boy

Stephen James Penner is a pastor at First Mennonite Church in Reedley, California.  He likes soccer a lot, as well as the Pittsburgh Pirates. Stephen writes, “One person of interest for me has long been Mary.”  Later when he was gone artists trying to capture the moment imagined blue skies and clouds like sails billowing […]

12.4.2017 Written By: Hilary Scarsella 767 Times read

Not Making Sense: Why Stanley Hauerwas’s Response to Yoder’s Sexual Abuse Misses the Mark

Hilary Scarsella is a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University, researching the intersection of theology, gender, violence and psychological trauma. She directs the network Our Stories Untold. This piece was originally published on the ABC Religion & Ethics website.  In a recent article, Stanley Hauerwas reflected at length on the extensively documented sexually violent behavior of Mennonite peace theologian John Howard […]

11.27.2017 Written By: Leona Gingerich 304 Times read

What’s hanging on your ‘Doorpost’?

Leona Goering Gingerich is a retired music teacher who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband Ken.  She attends Albuquerque Mennonite Church. Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. […]

11.27.2017 Written By: Anton Flores 400 Times read

The wrong choice? An Advent meditation

Anton Flores-Maisonet is the co-founder of Casa Alterna, a hospitality house in Georgia devoted to witnessing to a love that crosses borders. This reflection appeared in the December issue of The Mennonite magazine.  Simeon said to Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a […]

11.16.2017 Written By: Joshua Grace 183 Times read

The Pearl & the Field: Parables calling us in to forgiveness and belonging

Joshua Grace has Polish and Irish roots. He and Martha live with their two teenage daughters in the Delaware River watershed, specifically Philadelphia. He has been pastoring with Circle of Hope since 2004 and recently graduated with an MAIS from the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS). He loves music, gardening, playing baseball […]


12.15.2017 Written By: Audrey Metz 735 Times read

When church hurts

Audrey Metz is from Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Recently, a taunting remark was made to me by a male as he sidled up to where I was waiting to be seated in church.  His remark-his attitude of power over me-resulted in a decision that my husband and I had not planned to make, ever again: This coming […]

12.11.2017 Written By: Amy Gingerich 313 Times read

MennoMedia responds to “Rethinking 606”

Amy Gingerich is the editorial director incoming CEO of MennoMedia. This piece is responding to Austin McCabe Juhnke’s reflections, “Rethinking 606.”  Thanks to Austin McCabe Juhnke for delineating various historical aspects related to Mennonite hymnals. I offer the following points of clarification. MennoMedia was charged by the Joint Executive Committee of Mennonite Church USA and […]

12.5.2017 Written By: Austin McCabe Juhnke 950 Times read

Rethinking 606, the “Mennonite National Anthem”

Austin McCabe Juhnke is a PhD candidate in Musicology at Ohio State University studying music in the Mennonite Church during the twentieth century.This post originally ran on the Anabaptist Historians blog.  In 2015, Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” recorded a show on the campus of Goshen (Indiana) College.1 As he often does, Keillor began the […]

11.22.2017 Written By: Lawrence Ressler 1,038 read

When Anabaptists were terrorists

Dr. Lawrence Ressler has spent nearly four decades as a social work professor and academic administrator in Christian higher education including time at Eastern Mennonite University, Messiah College and Tabor College. He is currently professor of social work at Cairn University located in the greater Philadelphia area after serving a year as host at the […]

11.15.2017 Written By: Hillary Watson 1,442 read

An Anabaptist Response to Gun Violence

Hillary Watson is a full-time Mennonite pastor at Lombard Mennonite Church in suburban Chicago. She blogs at Gathering the Stones, where this post first appeared. It is reprinted with permission. There is a gap in Mennonite response to mass shootings. After a  shooting, when secular headlines buzz with gory details and harrowing survivals, Mennonite news outlets often continue posting […]

11.10.2017 Written By: Tonya Detweiler 265 Times read

Sitting in the Silence

Tonya Detweiler serves as the board treasurer for Mennonite Women USA. Tonya currently serves as president of Blue Diamond Communities in Goshen, Indiana where she lives with her husband Craig and their blended family of five children. In her free time, Tonya enjoys landscaping, entertaining, cooking and traveling. This post originally ran on Mennonite Women […]