Forbearance Resolution passes
The delegate assembly passed the Resolution on Forbearance by 71 percent.
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Delegates address LGBTQ inclusion
Pastors Charlotte Lehman and Megan Ramer speak about the Forbearance Resolution.
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Delegates continue discernment
Joel Beachy and Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg at their table group as delegates.
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Unity and disagreement at final delegate session

Written By: Gordon Houser  
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Photo: Pink Mennos host a hymn sing outside the delegate hall before the final session. Photo by Vada Snider. In the midst of passing two resolutions unanimously, Mennonite Church USA delegates also encountered the pain of disagreement in their midst in the final delegate session of Kansas City 2015 on Saturday. Patricia Shelly, moderator-elect, opened […]




Re-making the good life in New Mexico

7.2.2015 Posted By: 83 Times read

Todd Wynward is an author, small-scale farmer, wilderness educator and Mennonite minister for watershed discipleship affiliated with Albuquerque Mennonite Church. He has been engaged in education reform and social change movements for twenty years, and has spent more than a thousand nights outdoors. He and his wife Peg founded a wilderness-based public charter school in […]



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6.25.2015 Written By: Marilyn Houser Hamm

Marilyn Houser Hamm offers song for MWC

The days that are before us, and the days of the coming Mennonite World Assembly, are perhaps like none other. What it means to be the church, what it means to be an Anabaptist faith community in our world is before us. Who we are corporately, and how we are as a discerning people lies […]

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6.23.2015 Written By: Dan Shenk

Goshen repents of being a ‘sundown town’

The author (left) and Lee Roy Berry Jr. after the resolution passed. Photo by Richar Aguirre. On March 17, the Goshen (Ind.) City Council voted 6–0 to pass “A Resolution Acknowledging the Racially Exclusionary Past of Goshen, Indiana, as a ‘Sundown Town.’ ” The Goshen council thereby may have become the first elected body of […]

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6.23.2015 Written By: Titus Peachey

Fire from heaven

A reflection on Luke 9:51-56 In this text, two of Jesus’ most beloved disciples are ready to engage in what we may describe as an act of terror by calling down fire on their social enemies, the Samaritans. And the disciples are explicit … they intend this holy fire from heaven to destroy the Samaritans. […]

6.23.2015 Written By: Isaac S. Villegas

Drones are demons

Just as the early church called for prayer against demons, we are called to pray against drones. In February, The Guardian reported that a U.S. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), a weaponized drone, killed Mohammed Tuaiman, a 13-year-old boy in Yemen. When Mohammed’s brother Maqded arrived at the scene of attack, he was horrified: “I saw all […]

6.23.2015 Written By: Cindy Voth

Listen to God and each other

The Jerusalem Council models reconciliation in church conflicts In Acts 15, we read of a transformative experience called the Jerusalem Council, where some ethnocentric Jewish believers who follow Jesus insist that Gentile believers must also abide by Jewish cultural laws, such as circumcision and observing the food purity laws, if they want to follow Jesus. […]

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6.23.2015 Written By: Beryl Forrester

A prescription for Anabaptist renewal

The spiritual itinerary: from Satan to Christ Sometimes I speculate what my life would have been like had I been born into an animistic West African family. For me, after living many years in West Africa, it doesn’t take much guesswork to know what it would have been like; nearly all my African Christian friends […]


7.1.2015 Written By: Spencer Cunningham

Four experiences that shaped my views of LGBTQ people

Here is a selection stories of experiences I’ve had in the Mennonite church regarding my understanding of same-sex orientation and Christianity. I am a delegate for Toledo (Ohio) Mennonite Church. 1. Still feeling the void At Bethel Mennonite Church in West Liberty, Ohio, my wife and I were meeting many delightful committed people. We had […]

6.25.2015 Written By: Stephanie Krehbiel with The Mennonite staff

Q&A: Krehbiel on the LGBTQ inclusion movement in MC USA

Stephanie Krehbiel’s dissertation focuses on the movement for LGBTQ inclusion within the Mennonite Church USA. The title of her dissertation, “Pacifist Battlegrounds,” refers both to the long fight for LGBTQ inclusion in Mennonite churches and to the related ideological struggles among Mennonites over how to define violence, nonviolence, and community. Krehbiel lives in Lawrence, Kan. […]

6.24.2015 Written By: Eric Kouns

To Mennonite Church USA: Thank you and I’m sorry

There are two things I need to say to the Mennonite Church USA. The first is “Thank you.” The second is “I’m sorry.” You (the Mennonite Church) came into my life in 1981 when, as a result of God’s providence, I enrolled as a student at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Va. At the time […]

6.24.2015 Written By: C. Norman and Rhoda Kraus

Forbearance means acknowledging others’ moral integrity

Forbearance seems to have become the new formulaic watchword in our current church discussions of sexuality issues. Of course we know its basic meaning, but what does it imply when it is crafted into a “resolution” to smooth the troubled waters of church conflict? If I vote for the resolution, Forbearance in the Midst of […]

6.23.2015 Written By: Gordon Houser

We are a Menno mosaic

We who call ourselves Mennonite often talk about what that means. I imagine most religious groups, as well as many other kinds of groups, talk about their identity. It is worth asking, however, how we decide if we are Mennonite. Perhaps it’s unanswerable. Perhaps all who call themselves Mennonite are. Many among us want to […]

6.23.2015 Written By: Ervin Stutzman

Freedom or accountability?

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”—Galatians 5:13-14 TNIV Speak and act as those who are going to be […]