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MHS appoints new CEO

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The Mennonite Health Services (MHS) Board of directors has named Karen E. Lehman as CEO of MHS, effective May 1, 2018. Lehman has more than 25 years of leadership experience in both senior living and acute care. She has consistently and efficiently navigated organizations through various transitions to achieve financial viability, while simultaneously providing stability […]




Video: Erica Littlewolf on Thanksgiving myths and the Doctrine of Discovery

11.21.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 19 Times read

On Nov. 20, Erica Littlewolf, program coordinator of the Indigenous Visioning Circle for Mennonite Central Committee Central States, sat down to talk with Hannah Heinzekehr of The Mennonite about troubling the popular narratives about Thanksgiving, the Doctrine of Discovery and strategies for learning more and engaging the stories of Indigenous people during this holiday season.


Our missional story: Early Church

11.20.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 50 Times read

Kenneth Wettig is Pastor of Early Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Live the Sign: Radical hospitality amidst an Inhospitable culture as the local mission of the church Xenophobia (fear of strangers) is a Greek word that has been used to define our current sociopolitical climate. From the racism we witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia, to the general polarity […]


Five Podcasts to Listen to on your Thanksgiving road trip

11.19.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 269 Times read

Perhaps you are among the many people who will drive many miles and hours this week (or alternatively travel via train or plane) to join family and friends for a Thanksgiving celebration. This is a prime opportunity to catch up on podcast episodes. In case you’ve missed them, here are some of our favorite episodes […]


Sharing the love: Support The Mennonite and MDS on Giving Tuesday

11.19.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 56 Times read

In 2017, news in the church and around the world has happened fast, and The Mennonite has been there, providing coverage of Anabaptists working together from Charlottesville to Houston to Puerto Rico and beyond. We’ve shared stories of people affected by disasters, of church planters, protests, news from the global church, stories of peacebuilding efforts, […]


Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

11.17.2017 Posted By: Gordon Houser 226 Times read

Gordon Houser is Editor of The Mennonite magazine.  1. Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ by Fleming Rutledge is a big book, but worth dipping into even if you don’t want to tackle the whole thing. Rutledge is a well-known preacher who has published numerous books of sermons. This magisterial work explores Jesus’ death from many […]


The Challenge of Christian-to-Christian Communication

11.16.2017 Posted By: Ben Wideman 106 Times read

Ben Wideman is the Campus Pastor for 3rd Way Collective, a ministry of University Mennonite Church at Penn State. He blogs regularly for  Why has it become so hard to relate to our fellow Christians? Over the last several months I’ve heard a consistent refrain from the Christians in my life who lament their inability to […]


What I’m Eating This Week

11.16.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 387 Times read

One of many bright spots in Lancaster City, Pennsylvania, is Central Market, the oldest continually operating farmers market in the United States. In the more than 42 years that Merle and I have lived downtown, hardly a week has gone by when I haven’t shopped at market. It’s where I buy 90 percent of our […]


The Mennonite, Inc. seeks its next Executive Director

11.15.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 139 Times read

The board of The Mennonite, Inc. is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director functions as chief executive officer for The Mennonite, Inc. The Executive Director brings broad vision to The Mennonite as a content delivery system for MC USA constituents and beyond, helping the organization to develop programs and services […]


Wednesday Call to Prayer

11.15.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 116 Times read

Each Wednesday, we’ll be publishing a prayer. We invite you to add your own concerns, praises, worries and more and to join us for a midweek pause to pray for our church, our communities and our world.  This week’s prayer is from David Gray, Mission Minister for Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference.  Dear Lord, We, your […]


Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

11.10.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 403 Times read

Joanne Gallardo is pastor of faith formation at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana.  1. Text messages for women’s safety: Back when I lived in the city, I would occasionally encounter men who would aggressively pursue me for my phone number. This experience is obviously not limited to cities. Many women find themselves in situations where […]


November Faith Formation Checklist

11.9.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 192 Times read

In November, faith formation leaders are preparing to celebrate Advent and thinking about curriculum for the winter Sunday School quarter. Here are some tips on where to find what you need. 1. Advent At-Home worship guide. Every Christian family has the same struggle during the Christmas season: keeping the focus on Jesus rather than presents. Parents, […]


The consistency of transitions

11.8.2017 Posted By: Hannah Heinzekehr 267 Times read

Hannah Heinzekehr is Executive Director of The Mennonite. This article appeared as the November 2017 editorial in The Mennonite magazine.  I have a specific memory of sitting with friends at a park roughly a year after we graduated from college. Collectively, the year between graduation and our gathering had been full of job searches, weddings, break-ups, […]


November recipe: Garlic Lemon Roast Chicken

11.8.2017 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 189 Times read

Having an American-Canadian binational marriage comes with perks, one of which is two Thanksgivings: twice the feasting, with just enough time in between to allow for a full recovery. In honor of American Thanksgiving, and the coming of cold weather, we wanted to share our go-to roast bird. This simple recipe avoids the complex trussing, stuffing, […]


Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

11.3.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 194 Times read

Jennie Wintermote is a native Kansan, an interim pastor, grad student, and director of the Western District Conference Resource Library. She loves reading, scrapbooking, and trying to figure out what it means to live out her faith every day. She also tries to remember to blog at It’s still early in November but I’m already […]


Responding to the Spirit

11.2.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 57 Times read

Francisco Machado Levia and his spouse, Juanita, have been invited to serve as church planters in Spain alongside Anabautistas, Menonitas y Hermanos en Cristo—España (Anabaptists, Mennonites, and Brethren in Christ—Spain). Juanita and Francisco are jointly appointed workers through Mennonite Mission Network and Virginia Mennonite Missions, currently living and serving in Madrid, Spain. Juanita, my wife, and I met our Lord […]



11.16.2017 Written By: Joshua Grace 163 Times read

The Pearl & the Field: Parables calling us in to forgiveness and belonging

Joshua Grace has Polish and Irish roots. He and Martha live with their two teenage daughters in the Delaware River watershed, specifically Philadelphia. He has been pastoring with Circle of Hope since 2004 and recently graduated with an MAIS from the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS). He loves music, gardening, playing baseball […]

11.15.2017 Written By: Kimberlee Johnson 183 Times read

Compelled to Share the Word

Kimberlee Johnson serves on the Urban Studies faculty at Eastern University, Philadelphia, where she also directs the Center for Urban Youth Development and the Juvenile Justice Ministry Certificate program. She is also a youth justice advocate and member of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. Dr. Johnson is an ordained American Baptist Churches, USA minister serving […]

11.9.2017 Written By: Betsy Headrick McCrae 113 Times read

Sour grapes

Betsy Headrick McCrae is Pastor of Glennon Heights Mennonite Church in Lakewood, Colorado. This piece is adapted from a sermon preached on October 8.  Sour grapes are not good fruit. I have had a bitter taste in my mouth since we heard the news of yet another mass shooting in Las Vegas [and since this […]

11.8.2017 Written By: Dawn Yoder Graber 1,000 read

God, show yourself!

Dawn Yoder Graber is a member of Sarasota (Florida) Community Church and a member of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board.  I can’t sleep. I’m so angry. I’m sad, but I feel mostly angry. Like all of us, I’m sure, I’m worn out with sorrow for those who once again lost loved ones in the […]

11.1.2017 Written By: Andrea de Avila 492 Times read

Complex Identities

This piece was originally published in the November issue of The Mennonite magazine, focusing on the theme, Transitions from Different Angles. Read more original articles or subscribe today.  After spending two years in one place, I get antsy for something different. Having lived in at least seven different cities, six different states/provinces and three different countries over the past 12 […]

10.31.2017 Written By: John J. Friesen 658 Times read

Martin Luther and the Anabaptists

John J. Friesen is Professor Emeritus at Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg. This article was produced for Meetinghouse, a consortium of Anabaptist publications.  2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting 95 theses on the doors of the churches in the city of Wittenberg, including the All Saints Church. What Luther intended as a debate […]


11.22.2017 Written By: Lawrence Ressler 150 Times read

When Anabaptists were terrorists

Dr. Lawrence Ressler has spent nearly four decades as a social work professor and academic administrator in Christian higher education including time at Eastern Mennonite University, Messiah College and Tabor College. He is currently professor of social work at Cairn University located in the greater Philadelphia area after serving a year as host at the […]

11.15.2017 Written By: Hillary Watson 1,122 read

An Anabaptist Response to Gun Violence

Hillary Watson is a full-time Mennonite pastor at Lombard Mennonite Church in suburban Chicago. She blogs at Gathering the Stones, where this post first appeared. It is reprinted with permission. There is a gap in Mennonite response to mass shootings. After a  shooting, when secular headlines buzz with gory details and harrowing survivals, Mennonite news outlets often continue posting […]

11.10.2017 Written By: Tonya Detweiler 192 Times read

Sitting in the Silence

Tonya Detweiler serves as the board treasurer for Mennonite Women USA. Tonya currently serves as president of Blue Diamond Communities in Goshen, Indiana where she lives with her husband Craig and their blended family of five children. In her free time, Tonya enjoys landscaping, entertaining, cooking and traveling. This post originally ran on Mennonite Women […]

11.9.2017 Written By: Jonathan Brenneman 233 Times read

We support Esther Koontz

Jonathan Brenneman is Partners in Peacemaking coordinator for Mennonite Church USA. This post originally appeared on the Menno Snapshots blog of Mennonite Church USA.  “We support Esther Koontz, a member of a Mennonite Church USA congregation, as she lives out her peace witness inspired by the church’s tradition and teaching. We support her courageous witness […]

11.3.2017 Written By: Mathew Swora 208 Times read

Trying to do for God what God alone does for us

Mathew Swora is Pastor at Zion Mennonite Church, Canby, Oregon.  “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ (Mt 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” These words, so pastoral and prophetic, launched the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago, much to the surprise of the German Augustinian monk […]

10.18.2017 Written By: Ruth Harder 173 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 […]