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Church of the Brethren Nigeria loses members in Boko Haram attack

Written By: Zakariya Musa, Church of the Brethren  
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Photo: In the past 18 months, distributions of food and supplies have supported many thousands of displaced people living through the crisis in Nigeria. Photo by Karen Hodges/Church of the Brethren.  Five members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) were killed in a recent Boko Haram attack in Adamawa […]




The Mennonite, Inc. covers convention

6.23.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 45 Times read

The biennial Mennonite Church USA convention will take place July 4-8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, and The Mennonite, Inc. will be onsite providing you with full coverage of delegate sessions, the Future Church Summit, worship, seminars, servant projects and more. Each day, we’ll release a new edition of TMail, a roundup […]


Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

6.23.2017 Posted By: Gordon Houser 112 Times read

As you begin this weekend, here are some interesting things to consider: Always with Us? What Jesus Really Said about the Poor by Liz Theoharis is an important book for our time. Theoharis argues that the Bible and our faith demand that we “join and support a necessary and growing social movement to end poverty.” […]


Treating the illness of Trumpism and ending white silence

6.23.2017 Posted By: Tim Nafziger 347 Times read

Photo: Participants at the February 2017 Hope for the Future gatherings. From left to right: Rafael Barahona, Calenthia Dowdy, Ann Jacobs, Evelin Gonzalez and Colleen Whigham-Brockington. Photo by Jenny Perez Castro.  It’s been seven months since I last wrote in this space about the results of the U.S. presidential election. Since then the broader shape […]


A community that once was happy

6.19.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 36 Times read

 Charles Kwuelum is Legislative Associate for International Affairs in the MCC U.S. Washington office. These reflections originally appeared in the PeaceSigns e-newsletter from the Peace and Justice Support Network. “The once happy community has become a gloomy one,” said Father Dushi Yohana, a Catholic priest who ministers in the Kaya community of Madagali, a local […]


Seven questions with…Steve Kriss

6.19.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 569 Times read

Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring seven question interviews with individuals who have transitioned into conference minister roles.  Name: Steve Kriss Role: Executive Conference Minister, Franconia Conference of Mennonite Church USA Start date: January 2017 Home congregation: Philadelphia Praise Center 1. If someone asks you what it means to be a Mennonite, […]


Friday roundup: Four things worth paying attention to this week

6.16.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 135 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.  This week we are reading, talking about, re-reading, and sharing:  1. “The Sun, the Moon and Truth”: John Sharp’s poignant column on the death—may we say […]


Webinar: Seeking Peace in Israel-Palestine resolution

6.13.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 128 Times read

Mennonite Church USA, in coordination with Mennonite Central Committee, has been offering a number of webinars on Israel-Palestine. For our final webinar June 20, 2017  8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific, we will be discussing the Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine Resolution. You can RSVP to join the webinar below. Join us for a 1-hour […]


What I learned from ministry to social work

6.12.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 174 Times read

For 13 years Ross Erb served as associate pastor for Children, Youth and Families at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He now works as a child advocate at Collins Center, a local non-profit that seeks to eliminate sexual violence and it’s impact in the community. When not working, Ross loves to read, garden, […]


Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

6.9.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 126 Times read

With the unexpectedly early arrival of our little one, I’m mostly paying attention to my new role as a mother, as you’ll see in my list of five things this month. 1. Seven things children need, by John Drescher (3rd ed). This classic Herald Press title has been “refreshed”  and is on the top of my […]


Affording college: Before, during and after

6.7.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 58 Times read

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education for Everence, a faith based financial services company of Mennonite Church USA, which serves all who are interested in integrating their faith with their finances. This post originally ran on the Menno Snapshots blog of Mennonite Church USA.  There is an old adage that says, “The best time […]


Webinar: Live chat with the cast of Discovery: A Comic Lament

6.5.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 443 Times read

If you missed our live webinar, check out the YouTube video of our conversation with the cast and crew: Join the cast and crew of the new original play, Discovery: A Comic Lament, for conversation about the Doctrine of the Discovery, the genesis of this play and the ways laughter shapes us. Playwright Alison Brookins, director Phil […]


June recipe: Creamy cumin lime coleslaw

6.1.2017 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 244 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: This creamy cumin lime coleslaw is a dynamic summertime slaw: intensely flavored by garlic, mellowed by a base of mayonnaise and buttermilk, perked up […]



6.22.2017 Written By: Joanna Shenk 598 Times read

Vincent Harding, rebels and MJ Sharp

Joanna Shenk is associate pastor at First Mennonite Church of San Francisco. This article ran in the July issue of The Mennonite magazine, focused on Mennonite understandings of peacebuilding around the world in the 21st century. Read more features online. Alongside writing Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “Beyond Vietnam” speech, Vincent Harding also wrote and […]

6.20.2017 Written By: MennoMedia 166 Times read

Interview with author Anita Hooley Yoder

Anita Hooley Yoder is author of the new book, Circles of Sisterhood, which explores the history of Mennonite women’s groups.  What piqued your interest in this project? How were you approached to write this book? My aunt, who has been very involved in Mennonite women’s groups, saw Mennonite Women USA’s call for a writer and thought […]

6.20.2017 Written By: Paul Johnson, Colorado Mennonite Disaster Services, and Rhoda Blough, Everence Stewardship Consultant 75 Times read

Unlikely partnerships help address “disaster on the street”

Photo: Over 100 individuals came to help with a tiny house village build on May 20 in Denver. The village will provide shelter for currently homeless individuals and is an interfaith partnership between the individuals themselves, local Denver nonprofits, Colorado Mennonite churches, Everence and Mennonite Disaster Services. Photo provided.  On the corner of 38th and […]

6.8.2017 Written By: Hyacinth Stevens 34 Times read

The mobile Word

This article was originally published in the June issue of The Mennonite magazine. The mobile Word—Jesus himself—embodied movement. The Word became flesh. Jesus did mobile ministry that allowed him to be accessible to all people. He was available in unconventional ways to those who might not be able to come into the Synagogue, people like the […]

6.5.2017 Written By: Emily Kauffman 1,116 read

Marty Lehman’s journey “between two worlds”

On the morning of the presidential inauguration, as Donald Trump was being sworn into office, several dozen people gathered at the Elkhart County Courthouse in Goshen, Indiana. The gathering was called to celebrate tolerance and diversity by joining in prayer for our nation and its leaders. The service began and after several members of the […]

5.29.2017 Written By: Anita Hooley Yoder 110 Times read

Sisterhood in Florida

While I was working on a book about Mennonite women’s organizations, I wanted to experience diverse and vibrant Mennonite women’s activities firsthand. I met interesting people and heard important stories at women’s gatherings across the country. But it was a trip to south Florida in November 2015 that provided an especially unique and inspiring glimpse […]


6.20.2017 Written By: Sarah Augustine 49 Times read

Spiritual resilience in hard times

Sarah Augustine is the executive director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties. She is also adjunct professor of sociology at Heritage University. Sarah is the co-founder of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund (SIHF), and a founding member of the Anabaptist Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery. This post originally appeared on […]

6.20.2017 Written By: Tom Sine 121 Times read

An opportunity to be “first responders” to social program cutbacks

Tom Sine is the author of the book,  Live Like You Give a Damn: Join the Changemaking Celebration (Cascade Books). He has worked for many years as a consultant in futures research and planning for both Christian and secular organizations. He founded Mustard Seed Associates to assist churches and Christian organizations to evaluate how the world is […]

6.20.2017 Written By: Erica Lea 178 Times read

Beyond Neighborliness

Rev. Erica Lea is a graduate of San Jacinto College, Texas A&M and Truett Theological Seminary. She has served congregations in Wyoming, Texas (including Houston Mennonite Church) and North Carolina. She is currently serving her final year as Pastor in Residence at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. When not at church or serving the […]

6.8.2017 Written By: Cyneatha Millsaps 529 Times read

We are anemic

Cyneatha Millsaps is pastor of Community Mennonite Church in Markham, Illinois.  I was at an area conference gathering where one of the attendees said, “We are a little anemic.” I chuckled, but that statement stayed with me throughout the conference. The more I looked around, the more I thought about all of the conferences, institutions […]

5.31.2017 Written By: Ervin Stutzman 110 Times read

An open Letter about Endless War and opposing its advance to North Korea

In 2015, Mennonite Church USA adopted the “Faithful Witness Amid Endless War” resolution. It described the United States’ engagement in “boundless and endless war.” Ever since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, our nation has waged perpetual war in pursuit of security from perceived threats of terrorism. Over the past 16 years, the targets […]

5.15.2017 Written By: John K. Stoner 276 Times read

Why church?

People need a community, a group larger than themselves, in which to give and receive the possibilities of a fuller life. It can be called a matter of survival, and on one level it is that, but much more. Whatever it means to be human, to be alive and growing, can be discovered only in […]