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Conference explores breadth and depth of conscientious objection

Written By: Hannah Heinzekehr, The Mennonite, with reporting by Jake Short  
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Photo: Dora Maendel and Duane Stoltzfus present the story of “The Alcatraz Brothers,” four Hutterite men imprisoned for conscientious objection during World War I.  In the United States and among peace churches, we haven’t been talking as much as we used to about conscientious objection to war and we should be. This was the strong […]




October recipe: Cambodian Spiced Pumpkin Soup

10.23.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 187 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: www.haitimcc.org. Jet lag brings out the worst in me, and after 36 hours of travel to reach Cambodia, I was tipsy with sleep deprivation and drooping […]


Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

10.20.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 165 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 talking through painful issues. We will mention only a few raised by the following events, articles and movies that we […]


New Management

10.18.2017 Posted By: Byron Pellecer 300 Times read

Byron Pellecer is Associate Conference Minister for Western District Conference.  While living and planting a church in Wichita, Kansas, my wife and I decided to go out to get a glance of the city and to run some errands. After a long day, we were tired and hungry. As we were heading back home, I […]


Faith Online: Pain, paradox and promise

10.17.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 82 Times read

Malinda Elizabeth Berry lives in Elkhart, Indiana, where she and her family are part of Fellowship of Hope Mennonite Church. She teaches theology and ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and is a student of nonviolent communication. Malinda’s is the last post in Mennonite Church USA’s Faith Online series on the Menno Snapshots blog, where this […]


Let’s talk about wealth

10.13.2017 Posted By: Ben Wideman 314 Times read

Ben Wideman is Campus Pastor for 3rd Way Collective at Penn State University.  How do you determine your wealth? One of the ways I know I’m wealthy is that in the few moments of my life where I’ve experienced some kind of tragedy or significant life event, I recognize that the support I get from […]


Mennonites, Amish and the Pennsylvania Dutch Language

10.10.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 292 Times read

Mark Louden is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a member of Milwaukee Mennonite Church. This post originally appeared on the Anabaptist Historians blog.  When people hear the name “Pennsylvania Dutch,” they often assume it is a synonym for “Amish.” And in the same way that the difference between “Amish” and “Mennonite” is […]


Friday roundup: Five things to pay attention to this week

10.6.2017 Posted By: Gordon Houser 161 Times read

Walking in nature. Last week, Jeanne and were on vacation. We drove to Starved Rock State Park in Illinois and hiked for two days in its beautiful woods. The park is known for its waterfalls; however, because of drought—no rain in the past two months—all the waterfalls were dried up. That did allow us, though, […]


Tackle people with love

10.4.2017 Posted By: Lauren Francisco 169 Times read

Lauren Francisco is a member of Calvary Community Church in Hampton, Virginia. She served for a year with Mennonite Mission Network in South Africa and blogs regularly for The Mennonite’s website.  Can we tackle people with love? It’s a funny thought, but I’ve fumbled the ball very few times when it comes to one thing […]


Watching for God at work

10.3.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 200 Times read

Nancy Kauffmann is a denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA.  After every convention, our youth group at College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana, gives a report to the congregation. Each member of the youth group responds to three questions, one of which is, “Where did you see or experience God at work while at convention?” […]


Nonviolence against White Supremacy after Charlottesville

10.2.2017 Posted By: Tim Nafziger 748 Times read

This post is co-written by Tim Nafziger and Mark van Steenwyk. Featured photo by Tim Nafziger.  This is the second in a series of pieces we’ve co-written. This article builds on our first together: Oppression is Bad, Now What?  In the last two months, in the wake of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, […]


Call to Prayer after Las Vegas shooting

10.2.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 603 Times read

On Oct. 1, a gunman opened fire during a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, where over 22,000 attendees were gathered. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, killed 50 people and injured hundreds of others before taking his own life.  This tragic event now becomes the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history, surpassing the death toll […]



10.11.2017 Written By: David C. Cramer 295 Times read

Mennonites & Pacifism: The Mennonite peace witness across the spectrum

David C. Cramer is teaching pastor at Keller Park Church, South Bend, Ind., and adjunct instructor at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. His forthcoming book on Christian nonviolence will be published by Baker Academic. This piece was originally published in the July issue of The Mennonite magazine. To receive more original feature content, subscribe today.  Growing up […]

10.9.2017 Written By: Sarah Lui 123 Times read

My top 10 songs: Sarah Lui

Sarah Lui attends Maranatha Christian Fellowship in Northridge, California.  Music has been a part of my life ever since I can remember. My mom influences most of the songs I listened to growing up and she is also the person who put me in piano classes. Just a warning: I am planning my wedding so […]

9.29.2017 Written By: Claire DeBerg 397 Times read

The rowing moments: A reflection on Jesus calling the first disciples (Luke 5:1-11)

Claire DeBerg is a member of Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This piece was originally published in the October issue of The Mennonite magazine, focusing on the theme, Shaped by Scripture. Read more original articles or subscribe today.  “When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.” Luke 5:11 I […]

9.27.2017 Written By: Rebecca J. Weber 108 Times read

Reflections on anti-racism training

Rebecca Weber is a member of West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship and a backpacker. This piece is adapted from a piece she shared with that congregation.  In early May,  I, along with West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship Pastor, Lorie Hershey, and two other church members, attended a two-and-a-half day training on “Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism.” It’s […]

9.8.2017 Written By: Hannah Heinzekehr, The Mennonite 270 Times read

Living Water pioneers a new kind of grant

This article originally appeared in the September issue of The Mennonite magazine. To read more features on new models for church, read our current issue online or subscribe today. Photos of Francine Maombi by Charissa Johnson Photography.  Living Water Community Church sits at the crossroads of Pratt Blvd. and Ashland Ave. in Chicago. But this is not the only crossroads […]

9.8.2017 Written By: Bradley Kauffman 1,320 read

My top 10 songs: Bradley Kauffman

Bradley Kauffman is the Director and General Editor of Resonate, the new Mennonite worship and song collection project. He attends Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship. Editor’s Note: Some of these songs are not available on Spotify or YouTube, but we’ve given you handy songbook references so you can locate them and sing them with friends, perhaps on the Great […]


10.18.2017 Written By: Ruth Harder 90 Times read

WWI exhibit teaches about peace for today

Patriotism. Allegiance. Dissent. Loyalty. Conscience. These are loaded words, often meaning radically different things to different people. How should we honor the flag? How should we protect free speech? What defines a patriot? What does it mean to be loyal and show allegiance, and who defines these things? These are the front-and-center questions facing us […]

10.18.2017 Written By: Deborah Froese 327 Times read

The metamorphosing power of change

Deborah Froese is Director of News Services for Mennonite Church Canada. You can read our full coverage of the recent MC Canada Special Assembly here.  For Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers and national office staff, preparations for restructuring have created challenges over the past few years. Reality hit home as beloved colleagues and friends were […]

10.11.2017 Written By: Dominique Chew 466 Times read

On feeling insignificant

Dominique Chew is a member of Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston, Kansas. This article was originally published as the “New Voices” column in the October issue of The Mennonite magazine. To read more original columns each month, subscribe today.  This year it felt like the seasons came and went more quickly than they ever had for me. I’m […]

10.9.2017 Written By: The Mennonite Inc. Staff 1,078 read

Mennonite Higher Education Institutions respond to Open Letter

We offered all Mennonite Church USA Higher Education Institutions a chance to respond to the Open Letter from Into Account Staff regarding changes to Title IX. You can read the full text of the letter online. We will update this post as more statements become available and we are publishing the statements in the order […]

10.6.2017 Written By: Into Account staff 1,565 read

An Open Letter to the Presidents and Title IX Officials of Mennonite Higher Education Institutions

This letter, written by leaders of Into Account, an organization supporting survivors of sexual violence in Christian contexts, was sent to the Presidents and Title IX Officials of Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, Goshen (Indiana) College, Hesston (Kansas) College, Bluffton (Ohio) University, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, on […]

9.29.2017 Written By: Ben Walter 1,459 read

Allegiance to God alone: A perspective from a veteran and Mennonite pastor

Ben Walter is co-pastor at Ripple in Allentown, Pennsylvania. This piece originally appeared in the Sept. 28 edition of Franconia Mennonite Conference’s Intersectings publication.  The national anthem protests in the National Football League (NFL) this week  have brought everyone to the table with opinions, praises, threats and outrage. As a United States Army veteran, I […]