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Registration down for Orlando convention

Written By: The Mennonite Staff  
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Photo: The West building of the Orange County Convention Center, site of the 2017 Mennonite Church USA convention. Photo provided by OCCC.  Registration numbers for the 2017 Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando, Florida, are tracking behind numbers for the 2015 convention and planner projections. As of April 26, total registration was at 2,850. By comparison, […]



Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

4.28.2017 Posted By: Gordon Houser 16 Times read

Gordon Houser is editor of The Mennonite. Exit West is a novel by Mohsin Hamid, who also wrote the novels The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. The novel is set in February 1862, following the death of President Lincoln’s 11-year-old son Willie. The grief-stricken president visits his son’s body, […]


The Future Church Summit: Back to the fundamentals

4.27.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 44 Times read

The Future Church Summit (FCS) will take place July 6-8, at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando. It will be a generative, open space for denomination-wide conversation — to dream together, reset priorities and engage one another in answering the question: How will we follow Jesus as Anabaptists in the 21st century? Leading up […]


Slavery at Angola

4.26.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 11 Times read

Cherelle M. Dessus is legislative assistant and communications coordinator in the MCC Washington Office. This piece originally appeared on MCC’s Peace on the Hill column for PeaceSigns, the online news magazine of the Peace and Justice Support Network. As they slowly waved to me, I felt like a free black person in the North riding […]


It’s not how fast you run, but how well

4.26.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 28 Times read

Eight weeks before a running contest, a coach took a group of students to the mountains to train. During their travel, these students were exhausted, hungry and thirsty. The most dangerous part of the journey was walking through rocks, sand and bushes where snakes slithered freely and scorpions were hiding. They were fearful for their […]


Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

4.21.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 124 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. “Prayer isn’t something we do; it is something God does.” We are talking about this line from the two articles in The Christian […]


What Holy Week teaches us-again

4.18.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 87 Times read

Rachel S. Gerber is denominational minister of Christian Formation for Mennonite Church USA. This post originally appeared on the Menno Snapshots blog of Mennonite Church USA.  As a pastor, the story of Holy Week always poses a variety of challenges, like a parent dressing up leftovers to feed the family dinner, again. Turkey meatballs! Turkey […]


Agonizing in the unknown

4.15.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 360 Times read

Driving an hour north to a cancer hospital to conclude if I had cancer or not was agonizing. From the moment I had discovered a mass on the back of one of my legs, I had been troubled. A month had gone by with different types of blood work, x-rays, an MRI and finally, here […]


The Faith of Good Friday

4.14.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 306 Times read

Read Psalm 22. As we march onward toward the death of Jesus, I am struck by Peter’s arrogance in his response to Jesus’ prediction that Peter will abandon him. He said, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you” (Mt 26:35). He makes a bold proclamation of faith with what seems […]


Rediscovering why we choose to be Anabaptist

4.13.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 75 Times read

The Future Church Summit (FCS) will take place July 6-8, at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando. It will be a generative, open space for denomination-wide conversation — to dream together, reset priorities and engage one another in answering the question: How will we follow Jesus as Anabaptists in the 21st century?  Chantelle Todman […]


A note to pastors regarding sexual abuse

4.12.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 1,003 read

To pastors,  Abuse is a crime and a sin. Teaching healthy sexuality is an ongoing challenge for Mennonites. I was asked to co-teach a class for youth and realized how easy it would have been to avoid the lessons on this topic. To their credit, our youth were light-years ahead of us pastors and embraced […]


Social activism: Should we act in civil disobedience?

4.12.2017 Posted By: Glen Guyton 93 Times read

Glen Guyton is chief operating officer for Mennonite Church USA. This post originally appeared on the Youth Specialties blog.  Yes! I believe that as Christians we should engage our world. We are called to engage, but that can mean different things to different people. Jesus clearly pushed the limits when dealing with the institutional church […]


Invited to the table

4.12.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 82 Times read

Tonya Ramer Wenger is Magdalena, Micah, Reuben and Joanna’s mom, Jonathan’s wife, and currently serves as lead pastor at First Mennonite Church in Hutchinson Kansas. Walking, knitting, baking bread, singing with a seasonal community choir and reading books to Joanna are all things that fill her non-working time. If you are looking for some bedtime […]


April recipe: Three Layer Parsnip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

4.11.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 96 Times read

The Hungry Hounds is the food blog of Paul and Rebecca Shetler Fast, Country Representatives for Mennonite Central Committee in Haiti.  Learn more about MCC Haiti at their new blog: With Easter on the horizon we wanted an extraordinary cake for the occasion, one with a funky twist, moist flavor and sumptuous icing. Three Layer […]


Lent reflection: Setting things right

4.11.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 118 Times read

“Take a good look at my servant…. He won’t brush aside the bruised and the hurt and he won’t disregard the small and insignificant, but he’ll steadily and firmly set things right. He won’t tire out and quit. He won’t be stopped until he’s finished his work–to set things right on earth.” – Isaiah 42:1, […]


Lent Reflection: My declaration in your ears

4.7.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 376 Times read

Scripture: Job 13:13-19 “Let my declaration be in your ears,” Job says. “Who is there that will contend with me?” (13:17, 19). The question hangs in the air unanswered. That’s how it feels today, this month, this year as the president proposes a 50 billion dollar increase in military spending to build up his war […]


Lent reflection: Good direction and great strength

4.5.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 191 Times read

In my life, I have had no personal enemies. No one, to use the classical definition, has tried to kill me. Of course, there have been those who have not liked me very much. In fifth grade, Peter Detweiler (his name and those below have been changed) threw me to the ground because I had […]


Lent reflection: Did I not say, do not mislead me!

4.4.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 410 Times read

Scripture passage: II Kings 4:18-37.  I wasn’t particularly eager to become a mother. Ambivalent would be an apt description. But nothing else I’ve done has so radically transformed me—body, mind and spirit. Right after being a follower of Jesus, mothering and grand-mothering are my favorite identities. Hands-down. Which is why the Shunammite woman’s story, among […]


For the sake of the children

4.3.2017 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg 1,501 read

“We were born for this!” In the height of an emotionally powerful song, in the midst of a worship service, the worship leader with his deep caramel-smooth voice declared, with arms in the air, “We were born for this!” I had heard him say this before, but in this particular moment it caught my attention […]



4.25.2017 Written By: Annette Brill Bergstresser, AMBS 47 Times read

AMBS student passes Trail of Death learnings on

Photo: Adam Friesen Miller’s fourth-grade class from Bethany Christian Schools in Goshen, Indiana, at the historical marker at Mud Creek — the site of the first Potawatomi death on the Trail of Death — during a field trip in September 2015. Friesen Miller is at right, and Char Mast is in the back near the center. […]

4.25.2017 Written By: Abby King 402 Times read

Interfaith interactions: The lives of Muslim students at Goshen College

Photo: From left to right: Ameera Ashuga, Sara Azzuni, Nasim Rasoulipour and Yazan Meqbil. Photo by Katie McKinnell.  Every morning, Sara Azzuni wakes up before the sun rises. After pinning a brightly colored hijab around her face, Azzuni kneels toward Mecca–which in this case is toward the door of her dorm room in Yoder hall. […]

4.24.2017 Written By: Cody O'Rourke 40 Times read

Taking care of the land of milk and honey

Photo: The author’s son, Alex, with grandpa Jeff Halper at a Women in Black protest in Jerusalem. The Women in Black is a Jewish organization of mostly Jewish women that hold vigils every Friday across the country to raise awareness of the ongoing occupation. Alex’s grandma is part of the Jerusalem chapter. Photo provided.  “When […]

4.24.2017 Written By: Wendy Janzen and Valerie Serrels 159 Times read

Wilding the church: Two stories

These two stories were submitted in response to a call for articles exploring how Christians are called to care for all of God’s creation. You can read additional feature articles in the April edition of The Mennonite magazine.  Photo: An image from the Shenandoah Valley Church of the Wild. Photo provided.  Wendy’s story The snow is […]

4.17.2017 Written By: Claire Clay 561 Times read

Social media and conflict: Eradicating online drama through compassion and peacemaking

Claire Clay is a junior public relations major from Van Wert, Ohio. She is studying at Bluffton (Ohio) University where she works in the public relations office on campus. Clay’s speech topic came from her work at Bluffton in conjunction with her internship under the director of communications in Congressman Jim Jordan’s (R-Ohio) office during […]

4.12.2017 Written By: Anna Groff 286 Times read

Child abuse prevention starts with your church

For many of us, church feels good and safe. We were loved there as children and respected there as adults. In fact, we often describe our churches as “families” or caring communities where all are accepted. We trust one another and we feel confident that others want the best for us and our families. But […]


4.19.2017 Written By: Aldo Siahaan 186 Times read

The loss of a loved one

As we celebrate Easter, I am thinking of lost loved ones. Before Christ was risen, he first had to die. Anyone would be sad to lose a loved one, especially when faced with the reality that we will not see our loved ones on this earth again as they leave us to appear before the Creator. […]

4.13.2017 Written By: Allie Shoup 137 Times read

Better Together

In the summer of 2015 I attended the Mennonite Church USA Convention as a youth sponsor for Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, Kansas. I was spending my summer under the loving and guiding hand of Heidi Regier Kreider as a Ministry Inquiry Program intern, where I was given the opportunity to learn by […]

4.1.2017 Written By: Stephen Kriss 151 Times read

Living God’s great Shalom

Stephen Kriss is Executive Conference Minister of Franconia Mennonite Conference. Here he reflects on his experience at the recent Constituency Leaders Council meeting in Elkhart, Indiana. This piece originally ran in the March 16 edition of Intersectings. In our commitments for credentialing as pastors within Franconia Conference we agree to giving and receiving counsel.  This week […]

3.27.2017 Written By: Felipe Hinojosa 249 Times read

Black, Brown, and Mennonite: Lessons from the Chicana/o, Puerto Rican, and Black Freedom Struggles for the Mennonite Church

We invite you to join us for a series of discussions and lectures on the legacy of the Minority Ministries Council of the Mennonite Church March 30-April 1 at the Greencroft Community Center in Goshen, Indiana. Who were the Minority Ministries Council and why does their work matter? Between 1968 and 1973, the Minority Ministries […]

3.15.2017 Written By: Kathy Neufeld Dunn 141 Times read

The Practice of Descent

Kathy Neufeld Dunn is Associate Conference Minister in Kansas for Western District Conference. This piece originally appeared in the WDC Sprouts newsletter.  Lent—forty days of prayer and practice. Lent is a season of the Christian Year when we openly admit our human frailty and sinfulness. Some of our congregations who rarely practice confession take time […]

2.20.2017 Written By: Stephanie Krehbiel and Jennifer (Jay) Yoder, Into Account 1,067 read

Advice for congregations and institutions responding to reports of abuse

This advice is drawn from a Feb. 14 phone interview with Hannah Heinzekehr. Dr. Stephanie Krehbiel and Jennifer (Jay) Yoder formed the nonprofit organization Into Account in Fall 2015. Pooling their collective expertise, Krehbiel and Yoder offer free services to survivors of abuse looking for accountability in Christian contexts as well as paid services for […]