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Lancaster Mennonite defeated in Pa. midterm election

Written By: The Mennonite staff  

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, the incumbent Republican candidate representing Lancaster County and parts of York County in Pennsylvania, defeated Democratic challenger Jess King, a Mennonite, in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. Smucker won by about 18 percentage points over King, who raised $1.6 million, more than any previous Lancaster Democrat and the same amount as […]




November recipe: Brussels sprouts with bacon

11.15.2018 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds

Brussels sprouts are a miniature member of the cabbage family that has seen a well-deserved rise in popularity in recent years, with restaurants now featuring dishes like Brussels sprouts brushcetta, Brussels grilled cheese, raw Brussels slaw and charred Brussels pizza. As with all cabbage relatives, we particularly love our Brussels cooked at high heat with punchy accents […]


The next step in assimilation

11.12.2018 Posted By: Sarah Augustine 613 Times read

My father was removed from his mother and family, land, people, community and language at birth. He grew up in Denver, 350 miles from his mother’s birthplace and his native homeland. He was a ward of the state, raised in a foster home that housed up to a dozen boys at a time. When he […]



11.5.2018 Written By: Michael A. Meneses 441 Times read

Living with a degenerative disease without losing heart

Photo: Michael Meneses serves Communion. Photo provided by the author. This article comes from the November issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “Health care.” Read more reflections online or subscribe to receive more original features in your inbox each month. How do you stay motivated when you have little energy and constantly feel tired and weak? What do you do when […]

10.8.2018 Written By: Joanne Gallardo 1,527 read

My journey of forgiveness

Photo: Joanne Gallardo. Photo by Olivia Copsey. This article comes from the October issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “Loving Enemies.” Read more reflections online or subscribe to receive more original features in your inbox each month. I’ll never forget when I became a pacifist. I was 12 and not a part of a church. My dad bought an old VHS […]

9.24.2018 Written By: Russ Eanes 456 Times read

An unhurried journey: Walking the Camino de Santiago

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Pilgrimage” For more stories on this theme, see the September issue of The Mennonite, available here. For nearly 20 years, the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, beckoned me. Since the ninth century—and possibly longer—pilgrims have walked to Santiago de Compestela, largely along a route […]

9.7.2018 Written By: Nancy R. Heisey 515 Times read

Pilgrimage: From far away to near at hand

Photo: H.S. Bender (front, center) enters the Grossmünster in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1952. Photo from the Mennonite archives in North Newton, Kan.; it appeared in a photo essay on Mennonite World Conference in Mennonite Life (June 1978) This article comes from the September issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “Pilgrimage.” Read more reflections online or subscribe to receive more original features in […]

8.3.2018 Written By: Mauricio Chenlo 326 Times read

3 principles at the core of church planting

This article comes from the August issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on “Church Planting.” Read more reflections online or subscribe to receive more original features in your inbox each month. The Holy Spirit is the architect for new bodies of believers, but it takes people guided by principles to carry out the plans. Calling leaders, sustaining ministry and encouraging multiplication are […]

7.30.2018 Written By: Elizabeth Raid 265 Times read

Discovering a sustainable peace as I age

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Aging with Dignity.” For more stories on this theme, see the July issue of The Mennonite, available here. “Great posts on Facebook of your China trip,” my friend said when we met in the grocery store. “Was China on your bucket list?” “Not really” I said. “The opportunity […]


11.5.2018 Written By: Jennifer Schrock 1,929 read

What to say on the eve of an election?

Recently, I spoke with a millennial who told me she’s not going to vote. She doesn’t really know the issues, she said. What is more, she doesn’t like what politics does to people and therefore she doesn’t want to participate. I am sympathetic. I would rather be birding than debating national issues. I am by […]

11.5.2018 Written By: Sabrina Falls 526 Times read

Love in the face of tragedy in Pittsburgh

Every week on Shabbat, the seventh day, when Jews come to the synagogue to observe the Sabbath, the Torah scroll is removed from the ark, lifted up, then laid gently down on a broad lectern and rolled out so the Scripture portion of the day may be chanted directly from the Hebrew text. Before and […]

10.29.2018 Written By: Joel Miller 337 Times read

One year in: a sanctuary reflection

Photo: In observation of Mother’s Day, Columbus Mennonite Church held an event May 10 that put Edith Espinal’s story alongside two other mothers: facing separation from children through possible deportation (Espinal), living without a son killed by Columbus police, and leaving behind a child in a refugee camp. The three woman are standing in front. […]

7.25.2018 Written By: Joanne Gallardo 3,926 Times read

Doors, not walls: Why LGBTQ inclusion is so divisive in MC USA

I joined the Mennonite church as a teenager. Mennonite Church USA as a denomination was still new, and I found it fitting that I was starting my journey as a Mennonite at the same time this denomination was trying to get itself off the ground. I was pretty convinced this denomination was a perfect fit […]

7.23.2018 Written By: Ryan Ahlgrim 5,304 Times read

Three reasons why gay acceptance has been so divisive in MC USA

Since its formation in 2001, Mennonite Church USA has declined from more than 120,000 adult members to about 67,000 adult members today. Most of this loss has been due to congregations, as well as some area conferences, leaving the denomination. Although congregations and conferences have left over a variety of issues, the most prominent one […]

7.11.2018 Written By: Mel Lehman 745 Times read

What would Mr. Rogers do with the Muslim travel ban?

I know a thing or two about the power of fear. I was grounded by a fear of flying many years ago. I traveled to Europe twice in a cheap cabin deep in the belly of the Queen Elizabeth 2, near the rumbling engines, because I couldn’t bring myself to get on an airplane. With […]