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NASA agreement yields opportunities at EMU

Written By: Andrew Jenner, EMU  
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Photo: NASA scientist Russell DeYoung with (from left) aspiring astrophysicist Carolann Wengard, biology professor JIm Yoder and engineering professor Esther Tian. Wengard holds a water quality monitoring device, donated by NASA as part of a new Space Act Agreement signed over the summer with Eastern Mennonite University. (Photo by Andrew Strack) Thanks to an agreement Eastern […]




Teaching children the Word in Ivory Coast

10.25.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 20 Times read

James R. Krabill is Director of International Ministries for Mennonite Mission Network. In the early 1970s, James and Jeanette Krabill were invited by the Harrist Church to engage in Bible studies with young ministry candidates. Both the Krabill family and the students were profoundly shaped by this encounter. Photo: Harrist Preacher Cyprien N’Guessan, one of  James Krabill’s […]


The Chicago Cubs, patience and the slow work of God

10.24.2016 Posted By: Hannah Heinzekehr 154 Times read

Hannah Heinzekehr is Executive Director of The Mennonite, Inc. In case you missed the news, on Saturday Oct. 22, the Chicago Cubs baseball team ended a 71-year drought when they won the Major League Baseball National League championship and a ticket to the World Series. In fact, the Cubs still hold the record for the […]


Jessie F. Kamoto is ordained to serve the Brethren in Christ Churches in Malawi. She serves alongside her husband who is a bishop. This piece was produced by Mennonite World Conference.  My name is Jessie Francis Kamoto. I was born on November 20, 1975 in a Christian family, members of Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP). […]


Let the children come

10.20.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 55 Times read

Rachel Gerber is denominational minister for youth and young adults for Mennonite Church USA. This piece originally appeared on the Menno Snapshots blog of Mennonite Church USA. Without fail whenever I open my computer to do work, or email, my four-year-old immediately becomes increasingly interested in what I am doing. He is absolute and determined […]


Cultivating relationships with the ELCA

10.19.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 53 Times read
Nearly half of Colombia's 46 million inhabitants live on approximately $8 per day, and 15 percent survive on less than $2 per day. Years of violence in the countryside have uprooted millions of families from their homes, with hundreds of displaced people showing up in Bogotá every day. The rapidly-growing San Nicolás neighborhood has one school for its 5,000 inhabitants but no clinic, no police station and few basic services. Yet Sunday after Sunday, Jonathan made the trip across town with a van laden with sandwiches.

John D. Roth served as a representative of Mennonite Church USA on a series of ecumenical dialogues with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (2001-2004) focused on the “condemnations” of the Anabaptists in the Augsburg Confession of 1530. He also served as a representative of Mennonite World Conference on the Lutheran-Mennonite International Study Commission (2005-2008) […]


October recipe: Soup Joumou

10.18.2016 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 145 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: Dieujuste Saint-Surain stands in his field in Senk-Pòt, Haiti, holding up two freshly harvested joumou (Haitian Creole for calabaza squash). He hands one over […]


Syria: Being people of God’s peace

10.17.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 42 Times read

Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach serves as Director of the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office. She leads workshops, writes and speaks on U.S. policy toward the Middle East and meets regularly with congressional offices and Administration officials to convey MCC’s perspective on public policy. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and […]


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

10.14.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 149 Times read

This week’s post comes from David and Leann Augsburger, 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. This is Why I Came, by Mary Rakow. (Counterpoint: Berkeley): Novels that retell the story of Jesus are a way […]


What Mennonites can learn from Donald Trump

10.13.2016 Posted By: Tim Nafziger 1759 Times read

This week we’ve seen audio of Donald Trump’s bragging about sexual assault open up a nationwide conversation about rape culture, which is the set of beliefs and ideologies which blame victims of sexualized violence and normalize sexualized violence, often by men (for more, see this series of definitions). U.S. Presidential elections are like conversations around […]


Photo: Ervin Stutzman. Photo by Phil Kniss.  Gordon Houser sat down to talk with Ervin Stutzman, Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA, about his hobbies and his writing. Stutzman’s new book, Christian’s Hope, is releasing this month.  1. You’ve written academic books, church-related articles, biographies and historical fiction. Is there a thread that runs through all […]


Mennonite delegation shows solidarity at Standing Rock encampment

10.10.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 676 Times read

Katerina Friesen is a recent graduate of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana. She is a writer and community builder, and currently serves as the interim pastor of Belmont Neighborhood Fellowship in Elkhart. Here she is pictured standing near the site at the Standing Rock encampment where direct action has been taking place. Photo by […]


Name: Daniel Grimes Occupation: Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid at AMBS Church: Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, Goshen, Indiana 1. How many years did you serve on the Goshen City Council? I served from 2000 to 2007 as a councilman. 2. How did you first get involved in city politics? I was asked to consider running. […]


Prayers for Haiti

10.5.2016 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 977 Times read

Paul and Rebecca Shetler Fast, Country Representatives for Mennonite Central Committee in Haiti.  Learn more about MCC Haiti at their new blog: They also blog for The Mennonite, Inc.  On Tuesday, Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 hurricane, landed on Haiti’s shores, leaving behind what Haitian Sen. Nenel Cassyhave has called “catastrophic destruction.”  From Rebecca:  We […]



10.26.2016 Written By: Glenn Balzer, Neal Blough, Stefanus Handoyo and Jamie Ross 2 Times read

Confession of Faith roundtable: The Church in Mission

Photo: The authors (l to r) Glenn Balzer, Neal Blough, Stefanus Haryono and Jamie Ross.  The Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective was developed in 1995, and is the most recent systematic statement of belief for Mennonite Church USA.  Over the course of the next several months, we will be releasing “roundtable posts”, featuring two to three members […]

10.25.2016 Written By: Fred W. Martin 93 Times read

Two generations of Mennonite presidents

The appointment of Susan Schultz Huxman at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ontario, in 2011 represented the first time a second generation family member served as president of a Mennonite College. Harold Schultz, Huxman’s father, served as president at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, for 20 years, 1971–1991. Harold, who was from Kitchener, Ontario, […]

10.17.2016 Written By: Michelle Webster-Hein 432 Times read

A pacifist’s reflections on a war hero

Michelle Webster-Hein attends Shalom Community Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  My grandfather was a gunner in World War II. The favored picture is Grandpa at 16 (he lied about his age to join) dwarfed by the giant gun mounted at the prow of the ship, chest criss-crossed with bullets as thick as fingers. Solemn, gazing off […]

10.14.2016 Written By: Lois Barrett, Nehemiah Chigoji, Joe Sawatzky and David Shenk 219 Times read

Confession of Faith roundtable: The Church of Jesus

The Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective was developed in 1995, and is the most recent systematic statement of belief for Mennonite Church USA.  Over the course of the next several months, we will be releasing “roundtable posts”, featuring two to three members of Mennonite Church USA congregations reflecting on an article from the Confession of Faith and […]

10.7.2016 Written By: Meghan Good, Eligio and Juanita Nunez and J. Denny Weaver 232 Times read

Confession of Faith roundtable: Salvation

The Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective was developed in 1995, and is the most recent systematic statement of belief for Mennonite Church USA.  Over the course of the next several months, we will be releasing “roundtable posts”, featuring two to three members of Mennonite Church USA congregations reflecting on an article from the Confession of Faith and […]

10.3.2016 Written By: Isaac Villegas 576 Times read

Break the chains

Isaac Villegas is pastor at Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship and a columnist for The Mennonite. This piece was originally a sermon preached at CHMF.  Jeremiah 32:2, “At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and the prophet Jeremiah was confined in the court of the guard.” The people are in captivity. […]


10.20.2016 Written By: Trevor Bechtel 981 Times read

Letter to the editor: Change, not revolution

Trevor Bechtel attends Shalom Community Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  I am watching a caterpillar make their way from the roof of my porch down to the ground. Tethered by a thin strand of silk to departure and seemingly deeply ambivalent about arrival this caterpillar seems like a good metaphor for a Christian in this […]

10.19.2016 Written By: Sara Wenger Shenk 135 Times read

Comfort, Comfort Ye My People

Sara Wenger Shenk is the president of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.  A friend posted on his Facebook page this week: “I’m so despondent that I’ve started listening to Christmas music.” Indeed. The onslaught is unbearable. The waiting, interminable. The soothing voice of Isaiah 40 set to music looped in my spirit this […]

10.17.2016 Written By: Myron Augsburger 603 Times read

Revisiting a North American Anabaptist-Mennonite Alliance

Dr. Myron S. Augsburger is President and Professor emeritus of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Persons continue to revisit my earlier proposal for an alliance that would give a more united witness to the Anabaptist Free Church perspective on Kingdom priorities. The interest is in the idea of a united witness while respecting differences […]

10.17.2016 Written By: H.A. Penner 80 Times read

Conscientious objection to military taxation

Harold A. (“H.A.”) Penner, a member of the Akron (Pa.) Mennonite Church, is the Mennonite Church USA representative to the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund. Because of deeply help religious, moral and ethical beliefs, many experience a moral dilemma when required to pay federal taxes that underwrite war-making and militarism. What moral injury […]

10.17.2016 Written By: Bonnie Klassen, Mennonite Central Committee 151 Times read

Moving beyond yes or no: The search for prodigal peace in Colombia

Photo: Carolina Perez, MCC Colombia worker and member of a Mennonite Brethren Church in Bogotá participates in a march in Bogota to demand peace accords after the plebiscite. Photo by Anna Vogt. Bonnie Klassen is the Area Director for South America and Mexico. She lives in Bogota, Colombia.  I still remember when the Caguan Peace Talks […]

10.3.2016 Written By: Eva Lapp 2088 Times read

White privilege and patriotism: Mennonites, Colin Kapernick and protest

Eva Lapp is currently completing a second year of Mennonite Voluntary Service in Alamosa, Colorado, working at the Center for Restorative Programs and attending the Anabaptist Fellowship of Alamosa. Prior to MVS, Eva graduated from Goshen (Indiana) College with a degree in Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies. She enjoys reading about, talking about, and exploring her […]