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Photo: Lindon McDonald (center), a first-year exercise science and marketing major, has his hair cut by Tydebol Mason during the Barbershop Talks. Xavier Newson (right), a senior business major, looks on. (Photo by Dr. Mitch Mitchell)  This story originally appeared in The Record, Goshen College’s student newspaper.  Goshen (Indiana) College students met for conversation and […]




Friday round-up: Five things worth paying attention to this week

2.24.2017 Posted By: Gordon Houser 116 Times read

Gordon Houser is editor of The Mennonite magazine.  This month I’m looking just at movies. My reading lately is mostly not for the general reader. For example, I’m addressing a longtime goal of reading Ulysses by James Joyce, a book not for the faint of heart. I turned in my top 10 list of 2016 films in mid-January, […]


Recognizing Our Bruises and Preventing More Pain

2.23.2017 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg 207 Times read

For the record, I do not consider myself accident prone, although I seem to hurt myself a lot. I’m not clumsy, I just have a tendency to do everything—work and play—hard and fast. Life’s too short to dilly-dally, right? And now that I have three kids, three pigs and a giant mobile chicken house to […]


Hope for the Future: Top 10

2.21.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 224 Times read

Eloy Rodriguez is the principal at the New Danville Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky and three kids, Addie (9), Joel (6) and Sarah (1). This blog reflects on the recent Hope for the Future (HFF) event, an annual gathering of people of color serving in leadership positions across […]


Friday Roundup: Six things worth paying attention to this week

2.17.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 112 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.  We are submitting our Friday Roundup from Nanjing, China where we are guests at the theological seminary where our daughter Kate serves on the […]


Seven questions with…Jim Caskey

2.13.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 526 Times read

Name: Jim Caskey Congregation: College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana Occupation: Vice President for Advancement at Goshen College and member of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board 1. Do you remember having a favorite Bible story as a kid and why did you like that particular story? I would have to say it was either the […]


February recipe: Pork Vindaloo

2.13.2017 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 182 Times read

A few years ago we traveled to India. India is the place where Paul’s brother and sister-in-law met, and where Paul’s brother lived and worked for a number of years. It is a vibrant country with a huge diversity of cuisine. We learned early on in our travels, how hard it is to recreate dishes […]


One small step for Mennonite Church USA

2.8.2017 Posted By: Glen Guyton 1,103 read

Glen Guyton is chief operating officer and director of Convention Planning for Mennonite Church USA. This post originally appeared on the Menno Snapshots blog of Mennonite Church USA.  After ringing in 2017 with my 88 year old mother and 93 year old aunt I seriously began thinking about family times, history and my future. My time with […]


When news breaks: A dramatic reading for congregations

2.8.2017 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg 359 Times read

Jessica Schrock Ringenberg is pastor at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, Ohio. This skit was first performed at Zion Mennonite Church on Feb. 5.  Cast: Producer Edward R. Murrough Reporter 1 Reporter 2 Audience 1 Audience 2 Scene: One stool up front, stage center. Preferably a microphone on a stand. Ed sits on the stool. Producer […]


Welcome all immigrants

2.8.2017 Posted By: Elwood Yoder 717 Times read

Elwood Yoder has taught high school history and social studies courses for 34 years, since 1988 at Eastern Mennonite High School. Elwood has written seven books, including congregational histories and historical novels. Elwood is Editor of Shenandoah Mennonite Historian, and he is also Editor of Today, a publication of Eastern Mennonite School. Nine generations ago my […]


Christians gather to protest 40 years of capital punishment

2.7.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 141 Times read

Elisabeth Wilder lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and is studying at Eastern Mennonite University. She is spending this semester in Washington, D.C. Photo: Protestors holding a “Stop Executions” sign stand on the steps of the Supreme Court on Jan. 17 to protest the death penalty. Photo by Elisabeth Wilder.  At 10 a.m. on Jan. 17, the […]


Seven questions with…Nisha Subaiya Springer

2.6.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 193 Times read

Name: Nisha Subaiya Springer Home congregation: Peace Mennonite Church, Dallas, Texas Occupation: Administrative Assistant at Plano East High School and Mennonite Church USA Executive Board member 1. What is your earliest memory of church? My earliest memory of church is a woman named Mrs. Samuel. My family moved to a small town in the south […]


A visit with Senator Toomey

2.3.2017 Posted By: Ben Wideman 1,915 read

Ben Wideman is the Campus Pastor for 3rd Way Collective, a ministry of University Mennonite Church at Penn State. He blogs regularly for The Mennonite online.  On Monday, January 30th, I joined a delegation of State College and Penn State community members for a quick trip to visit Senator Pat Toomey’s regional office in Johnstown, PA. We […]



2.23.2017 Written By: Glen Kappy 23 Times read

Snail mornings and Rain Prayer: Two poems about place

Glen Kappy is a founding member of Albuquerque Mennonite Church where, over more than 20 years, he has served as elder, preacher, interim pastor, and spiritual formation director. Since the fall of 2000, he has been a second-career teacher of English, Social Studies, and Performing Arts, mostly in the Albuquerque Public School system. These poems were submitted […]

2.23.2017 Written By: Berit Jany 109 Times read

Mennonite World Conference in Augsburg: Transformed by the Word—Reading Scripture in Anabaptist Perspectives

Photo: Young AnaBaptists (YAB) Committee members and audience. Photo by Harry Unger.  On February 12, 2017, regional Anabaptists and leaders from around the world gathered in Augsburg, Germany, for “Transformed by the Word: Reading Scripture in Anabaptist Perspectives,” the first in a 10-year series of events organized by Mennonite World Conference (MWC) to commemorate the 500th […]

2.23.2017 Written By: Alma Perez Ovalle 15 Times read

Hard lessons during busy times: Reaching the lost outweighed money issues

Photo: Gilberto and Elizabeth Perez. Everence photo. This story originally appeared in Everence’s Everyday Stewardship magazine.  Back in the 1970s, money was tight for my parents, Gilberto and Elizabeth Perez. Pastoring a small Spanish Mennonite church in south Texas came with great rewards, but also great sacrifices. As a young married couple in their 20s just starting […]

2.22.2017 Written By: Lynn Hur 389 Times read

Not always black and white: Racism encompasses the entirety of our colorful and complicated world

Lynn Hur is a ninth grader living in Pasadena, California. She attends Mountain View Mennonite Church, Upland, California. When she is not writing, you will find her in the kitchen reading her favorite cookbooks and perfecting her chocolate chip cookie recipe. This piece originally appeared in the February issue of The Mennonite magazine on Mennonites, race and faith. […]

2.16.2017 Written By: Melia Watkins 123 Times read

Leading into the common good: Why community matters

Melia Watkins was a student at Goshen (Indiana) College when she gave this speech at the 2016 conference, Leading into the common good: An Anabaptist Perspective. She graduated in 2016. We will be publishing additional speeches from college students reflecting on Anabaptist identity and leadership later this month. A few days ago, I went on my Facebook […]

2.16.2017 Written By: Joshua Kinder 458 Times read

Reflecting on a namesake

I moved to Elkhart, Indiana, a little over six years ago to study at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. When I graduated, I decided to stay here because of the vibrant community I had found. I live now as a member of a housing cooperative known as Prairie Wolf (after our two streets, Prairie Street and […]


2.20.2017 Written By: Stephanie Krehbiel and Jennifer (Jay) Yoder, Into Account 709 Times 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 […]

2.15.2017 Written By: Naomi Yoder 444 Times read

Stop talking about “Ethnic Mennonites”

Naomi Yoder, Infinity Mennonite Church, New York, is collaborating with her father to write about his life and hers. Several years ago I began thinking about my experience as an atypical “Ethnic Mennonite.” I’m uncomfortable with that label. It’s not like “New Yorker” or “used-to-be-brunette-now-streaked-with-grey,” which describe me in concrete ways. But “Ethnic Mennonite”? That’s […]

1.31.2017 Written By: Safwat Marzouk 93 Times read

Love the stranger as yourself

Safwat Marzouk is associate professor of Old Testament at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana. He is on sabbatical this semester, focusing on reading the story of Joseph (Genesis 37–50) through the eyes of forced migrants. This piece originally ran on the Practicing Reconciliation blog.  You and I might be citizens or legal residents of the United States, […]

1.30.2017 Written By: John Paul Lederach 1,690 read

Practicing compassion in churchwide disagreements

This piece grew out of a request for counsel from Mountain States Mennonite Conference as they considered the request to ordain a pastor in a same-sex relationship. On Dec. 11, Theda Good was ordained at First Mennonite Church in Denver. John Paul Lederach is professor of international peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana) […]

1.17.2017 Written By: Hanna Heishman 1,515 read

Why I march, why we march

Hanna Heishman is an alumna of Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she studied Peacebuilding and Development. Currently, she is serving and working in Government Relations and Advocacy for Habitat for Humanity International through Mennonite Voluntary Service.  The night of the election, I attended a party. It was a loud, extravagant gala and I was […]

1.16.2017 Written By: Cyneatha Millsaps 656 Times read

Make America great—again?

Cyneatha Millsaps is pastor of Community Mennonite Church in Markham, Ill. This piece ran in the January issue of The Mennonite magazine. Subscribe today for more full-length features and columns each month.  I am sure for many of you, this last political election season in the United States took a toll on your hearts and minds. It […]