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At church plant, refugees in Germany find a place to belong

Written By: Emily Jones, Eastern Mennonite Missions  
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Photo: A refugee in Halle receives baptism. Sixteen people, most of them refugees, were baptized in one large ceremony in June 2016. Many took new names at the ceremony. Photo provided.  This article originally appeared in Burning Bush, a newsletter of Franklin Mennonite Conference. Some names and locations withheld due to security risks. Now it seems […]




Seven questions with…Alysa Short

1.19.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 116 Times read

Name: Alysa Short Home congregation: Central Mennonite, Archbold, Ohio Occupation: Coordinator of Volunteers for Ohio Conference 1. What is your earliest memory of church? I remember church from little on up. I probably remember Sunday school most as a little kid. We always opened up with singing time and I always enjoyed that part. We […]


Another ‘kairos’ moment for the church: Addressing sexual abuse

1.12.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 275 Times read

Gordon Houser is the editor of The Mennonite magazine. Hannah Heinzekehr is the Executive Director of The Mennonite, Inc. This editorial appeared in the October issue of The Mennonite. From Gordon It seems that issues arise in the Mennonite church at times that feel like “kairos” moments, moments of opportunity for change and for focus by the broader […]


Self-care as part of the vocational call

1.10.2017 Posted By: Ben Wideman 103 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 The Mennonite online.  A friend recently turned to me and said, “You seem to be mired right now”. The look on my face probably betrayed that I already inherently knew that to be true. […]


Seven questions with…Samuel Voth Schrag

1.10.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 186 Times read

Name: Samuel Voth Schrag Occupation: Pastor at St. Louis Mennonite Fellowship and member of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board 1. Did you have a favorite Bible story as a child? If so, why was that story your favorite? My first real memory of Bible reading was at Camp Mennoscah in Kansas. At camp, they […]


January recipe: Roasted Vegetable Fattoush Salad

1.8.2017 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 113 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: Crunchy zatar seasoned pita chips, sweet caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes, and crisp, lemon laced vegetables; this Roasted Vegetable Fattoush Salad is a perfect light & flavorful dinner for these […]


Seven questions with…Michelle Dula

1.6.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 715 Times read

Name: Michelle Dula Occupation: Pastor at Blossom Hill Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Member of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board Photo: Michelle leads the congregation in a child dedication for baby James, with mother Lisa Cameron in the background. Photo provided.  1. What is your earliest memory of church? I grew up attending […]


I love myself — a story of revolution

1.6.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 257 Times read

Jenny Castro is communications associate and coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA. This article originally appeared in the fall issue of Mennonite Women USA’s Timbrel magazine and on Mennonite Church USA’s Menno Snapshots blog. When my spouse Jake and I decided to marry back in 2001, we knew we weren’t […]


Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

1.6.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 91 Times read

This week’s post comes from Jennie Wintermote. Jennie 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 I have spent […]


My hopes for Mennonite Church USA in 2017

1.2.2017 Posted By: Elwood Yoder 703 Times read

In this new year, I hope that we can learn to live with the tensions and symmetry of membership guidelines and forbearance graces. We are sailing through difficult times in congregations, in conferences, and even occasionally in our own biological families. There are deep and fundamental differences that we face, and they are not small. […]



1.18.2017 Written By: Londen Wheeler 144 Times read

Leading into the common good: What gives me hope in a chaotic world?

Londen Wheeler was a senior at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, when he gave this speech at the 2016 conference, Leading into the common good: An Anabaptist Perspective. We will be publishing additional speeches from college students reflecting on Anabaptist identity and leadership later this month. Photo by Jonathan Bush.  I was struggling with this topic […]

1.17.2017 Written By: Sadie Gustafson-Zook 774 Times read

Lines that Divide

Sadie Gustafson-Zook is a student at Goshen (Indiana) College. She is also a songwriter, fiddler and accomplished muscian. Sadie’s first solo album is called “Melange,” on which she is backed by her parents, accomplished folk musicians Les and Gwen Gustafson-Zook.  Lyrics for “Lines that Divide”: You and I don’t have to agree, we were brought […]

1.16.2017 Written By: Lars Akerson 375 Times read

Redeeming Betrayal

Lars Åkerson lives in Durham, North Carolina and is the co-founder of Life Lines, a podcast featuring writers on death row. He is a part of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship.  Among the many deaths of 2016 was Ann Atwater, a long-time North Carolina civil rights leader. Ann was eighty. She organized in Durham for decades, […]

1.12.2017 Written By: Hannah Heinzekehr, The Mennonite 416 Times read

Responding to sexual abuse

This article originally ran in the October issue of The Mennonite magazine.  Editor’s note: Over the past year, we have published—in the magazine and online—a series of articles focused on sexual abuse in Mennonite contexts, support for survivors of abuse and safe church practices and policies. These posts grow out of our desire to take the […]

1.11.2017 Written By: Katherine Roberts 135 Times read

Neighbors are nearby

Katherine Roberts is a folklorist and a writer. She lives in the North Carolina Piedmont, where she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her two children, and building community. She attends Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship. “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your […]

1.10.2017 Written By: Marathana Prothro 414 Times read

We’re all the bosses of our own bodies

Marathana Prothro is assistant professor of communication at Bluffton (Ohio) University. She lives in Bluffton with her husband and their son.  This piece originally ran on the Dove’s Nest website.  Oh, the awkwardness of unsolicited hugs. Most parents have experienced uncomfortable—even dreaded—moments when our child refuses to hug or kiss someone who truly has the […]


1.17.2017 Written By: Hanna Heishman 604 Times read

Why I march, why we march

Hanna Heishman is an alumna of Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she studied Peacebuilding and Development. Currently, she is serving and working in Government Relations and Advocacy for Habitat for Humanity International through Mennonite Voluntary Service.  The night of the election, I attended a party. It was a loud, extravagant gala and I was […]

1.16.2017 Written By: Cyneatha Millsaps 365 Times read

Make America great—again?

Cyneatha Millsaps is pastor of Community Mennonite Church in Markham, Ill. This piece ran in the January issue of The Mennonite magazine. Subscribe today for more full-length features and columns each month.  I am sure for many of you, this last political election season in the United States took a toll on your hearts and minds. It […]

1.11.2017 Written By: Sara Wenger Shenk 227 Times read

Arguing our way toward a storm-worthy moral canopy

Sara Wenger Shenk is President of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana.  On a mostly sunny afternoon soon after moving to Indiana, with only possible thunderstorms predicted, my husband, Gerald, and I were biking through flat farm fields when a tornado siren blast reached us eight miles out of town. With no shelter nearby, we […]

1.9.2017 Written By: Carlos Romero 2,837 Times read

How can we be silent?

Carlos Romero is Executive Director of Mennonite Education Agency. This piece originally ran in the January issue of The Mennonite magazine, focused on education.  I can’t remember living in a more polarized time than today. No matter how you view the results of the presidential election, its aftermath has underscored those disagreements. Fear and hatred […]

1.4.2017 Written By: Jeffrey Newcomer Miller 487 Times read

Some things to consider in talking politics, especially with family

Jeffrey Newcomer Miller attends Albuquerque (N.M.) Mennonite Church.  I recently attended a family wedding with many extended family members. It was such a delight to re-connect with family that I’ve not seen in years and to introduce them to our new son, eat familiar foods, watch football and have hours and hours of coffee conversation. […]

1.3.2017 Written By: Tim Bentch 1,663 read

Are we driving our children away from God?

Tim Bentch is lead pastor at Souderton (Pa.) Mennonite Church.  As I write, this article, I am already feeling guilty about my own deficiencies as a parent: all the ways I could have helped my children excel in sports, music, and academics. I could do more! All the missed opportunities to help my children become […]