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MC USA changes gatherings to be virtual

8.3.2020
Written By: Mennonite Church USA staff  

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mennonite Church USA has announced it is adapting its plans for gatherings for the remainder of 2020: meetings of the Executive Board, the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) and the Racial Ethnic Council, as well as the Women Doing Theology conference. “These unprecedented times require patience and flexibility,” says Joy Sutter, […]

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7.27.2020 Written By: David C. Cramer and Drew J. Strait

A total way of life: Our journeys from Evangelicalism to Anabaptism

Photo: Drew J. Strait addresses incoming students at the Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana. Photo by Peter Ringenberg This article comes from the August issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “Why I am an Anabaptist.” Read more reflections here or subscribe here to receive more original features in your inbox […]

7.27.2020 Written By: Sarah Nahar

Liberation, lineage and village: Why I am an Anabaptist

Photo: The author (right) with her mother, Karen Diener Thompson (left) and her grandmother Carrie Yoder Diener. Photo provided by the author This article comes from the August issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “Why I am an Anabaptist.” Read more reflections here or subscribe here to receive more original features in your inbox each month. The three major […]

7.6.2020 Written By: Susan Naus Dengler

How can we keep from singing?

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Music and worship.” For more stories on this theme, see the July issue of The Mennonite. “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and there we wept.” —Psalm 137:1 The words of Psalm 137 have scrolled through my mind, almost constantly, over the past weeks. I […]

6.29.2020 Written By: Vikki Pruitte-Sorrells

This far by faith: Music and worship in a diverse congregation

Photo: The Lee Heights Community Church gospel choir. Photo provided by the author This article comes from the July issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “Music and worship.” Read more reflections here or subscribe here to receive more original features in your inbox each month. As a young person growing up at Lee Heights Community Church in Cleveland, I […]

6.29.2020 Written By: Bradley Kauffman

A hard, holy work: The making of ‘Voices Together’

Photo: Participants gather at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center in January 2019 in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, for an annual Music and Worship Leaders Retreat. In 2017, longtime organizer Ken Nafziger handed leadership over to the committee developing Voices Together. Photo by Heike Martin This article comes from the July issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “Music and […]

6.15.2020 Written By: Danilo Sanchez and Sherri Brokopp Bender

Why we are still here

Photo: QP, Boston and Rudy. Photo provided by Ripple Community, Inc. This article comes from the June issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “Community in the face of COVID-19.” Read more reflections here or subscribe here to receive more original features in your inbox each month. Like many U.S. communities, Allentown, Pennsylvania, has been hit hard by the COVID-19 […]

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7.20.2020 Written By: Oluwatunmiki Afisi-Shokun

Where true strength lies

Forgiveness is the ability to relinquish the pervasive bitterness of soul-binding hatred in order to absolve the spirit. In many ways, it is the death of the ego. In order to forgive, we must look beyond ourselves. Despite humanity being the creation of a perfect, all-knowing, all-encompassing God, we are imperfect and flawed. Tapping into […]

7.13.2020 Written By: Wilma Ann Bailey

The dismantling of Confederate monuments and what Scripture shows us

“You shall not make for yourself an image [carved form wood or stone] or any likeness [of anything] that is in the sky above or on the earth below or that is in the waters underneath the earth; you shall not bow down to them and you shall nor serve them because I, the Lord […]

5.18.2020 Written By: Nekeisha Alayna Alexis

A call to action amid COVID-19

God is working — even in chaos. In a matter of months, many of the corrupt systems that peacemakers and liberationists have been struggling and praying to change with limited successes have drastically slowed or come to a screeching halt. After raging fires in the Amazon and Australia, and ongoing worldwide protests for climate action, […]

5.4.2020 Written By: Madalyn Metzger, Everence

12 considerations as you prepare to reopen your church doors

As stay-at-home guidelines are eased and church doors and sanctuaries reopen, worship and church ministries will, undoubtedly, look different than before the coronavirus outbreak. And so it should — so that we continue to keep ourselves and our faith communities safe and healthy. But that means pastors and church leaders should prepare for what the […]

4.13.2020 Written By: James C. Juhnke

Religious freedom to spread deadly disease

This year’s Easter celebrations have been disrupted by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Here in Kansas, we have been drawn into a debate about the meaning and practice of gathering for religious worship. Last Tuesday, April 7, the Democratic governor, Laura Kelly, issued an executive order that limited religious gatherings to 10 people. On Wednesday, a […]

4.13.2020 Written By: Siaka Traoré and Lynda Hollinger-Janzen

Friendship rather than feuding

Photo: Issa Sawadogo and Siaka Traoré visit with one of Issa’s friends, Diallo. Photo courtesy of Mennonite Mission Network. As chair of Mennonite World Conference Deacons Commission, I and three others traveled to Hong Kong to stand in solidarity with our Mennonite brothers and sisters. After worshiping with Agape Mennonite Church on Dec. 1, 2019, […]