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New book traces history of Mennonite women’s groups

Written By: Luisa Miller, MennoMedia  
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Mennonite women’s groups have a long and colorful history. Circles of Sisterhood, the new book by Anita Hooley Yoder tells the story of Mennonite women’s groups for the past century. The book will be released at a book launch and author signing at the Mennonite Women USA centennial celebration during the Mennonite Church USA Convention in […]




A community that once was happy

6.19.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 29 Times read

 Charles Kwuelum is Legislative Associate for International Affairs in the MCC U.S. Washington office. These reflections originally appeared in the PeaceSigns e-newsletter from the Peace and Justice Support Network. “The once happy community has become a gloomy one,” said Father Dushi Yohana, a Catholic priest who ministers in the Kaya community of Madagali, a local […]


Seven questions with…Steve Kriss

6.19.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 522 Times read

Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring seven question interviews with individuals who have transitioned into conference minister roles.  Name: Steve Kriss Role: Executive Conference Minister, Franconia Conference of Mennonite Church USA Start date: January 2017 Home congregation: Philadelphia Praise Center 1. If someone asks you what it means to be a Mennonite, […]


Friday roundup: Four things worth paying attention to this week

6.16.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 129 Times read

David and Leann Augsburger are two semi-retired people who co-lead a home base church (Peace Mennonite Church, Claremont, California) and volunteer to welcome, care, and connect people in the San Gabriel valley.  This week we are reading, talking about, re-reading, and sharing:  1. “The Sun, the Moon and Truth”: John Sharp’s poignant column on the death—may we say […]


Webinar: Seeking Peace in Israel-Palestine resolution

6.13.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 118 Times read

Mennonite Church USA, in coordination with Mennonite Central Committee, has been offering a number of webinars on Israel-Palestine. For our final webinar June 20, 2017  8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific, we will be discussing the Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine Resolution. You can RSVP to join the webinar below. Join us for a 1-hour […]


What I learned from ministry to social work

6.12.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 171 Times read

For 13 years Ross Erb served as associate pastor for Children, Youth and Families at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He now works as a child advocate at Collins Center, a local non-profit that seeks to eliminate sexual violence and it’s impact in the community. When not working, Ross loves to read, garden, […]


Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

6.9.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 125 Times read

With the unexpectedly early arrival of our little one, I’m mostly paying attention to my new role as a mother, as you’ll see in my list of five things this month. 1. Seven things children need, by John Drescher (3rd ed). This classic Herald Press title has been “refreshed”  and is on the top of my […]


Affording college: Before, during and after

6.7.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 53 Times read

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education for Everence, a faith based financial services company of Mennonite Church USA, which serves all who are interested in integrating their faith with their finances. This post originally ran on the Menno Snapshots blog of Mennonite Church USA.  There is an old adage that says, “The best time […]


Webinar: Live chat with the cast of Discovery: A Comic Lament

6.5.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 442 Times read

If you missed our live webinar, check out the YouTube video of our conversation with the cast and crew: Join the cast and crew of the new original play, Discovery: A Comic Lament, for conversation about the Doctrine of the Discovery, the genesis of this play and the ways laughter shapes us. Playwright Alison Brookins, director Phil […]


June recipe: Creamy cumin lime coleslaw

6.1.2017 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 234 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: This creamy cumin lime coleslaw is a dynamic summertime slaw: intensely flavored by garlic, mellowed by a base of mayonnaise and buttermilk, perked up […]



6.20.2017 Written By: MennoMedia 131 Times read

Interview with author Anita Hooley Yoder

Anita Hooley Yoder is author of the new book, Circles of Sisterhood, which explores the history of Mennonite women’s groups.  What piqued your interest in this project? How were you approached to write this book? My aunt, who has been very involved in Mennonite women’s groups, saw Mennonite Women USA’s call for a writer and thought […]

6.20.2017 Written By: Paul Johnson, Colorado Mennonite Disaster Services, and Rhoda Blough, Everence Stewardship Consultant 58 Times read

Unlikely partnerships help address “disaster on the street”

Photo: Over 100 individuals came to help with a tiny house village build on May 20 in Denver. The village will provide shelter for currently homeless individuals and is an interfaith partnership between the individuals themselves, local Denver nonprofits, Colorado Mennonite churches, Everence and Mennonite Disaster Services. Photo provided.  On the corner of 38th and […]

6.8.2017 Written By: Hyacinth Stevens 30 Times read

The mobile Word

This article was originally published in the June issue of The Mennonite magazine. The mobile Word—Jesus himself—embodied movement. The Word became flesh. Jesus did mobile ministry that allowed him to be accessible to all people. He was available in unconventional ways to those who might not be able to come into the Synagogue, people like the […]

6.5.2017 Written By: Emily Kauffman 1,087 read

Marty Lehman’s journey “between two worlds”

On the morning of the presidential inauguration, as Donald Trump was being sworn into office, several dozen people gathered at the Elkhart County Courthouse in Goshen, Indiana. The gathering was called to celebrate tolerance and diversity by joining in prayer for our nation and its leaders. The service began and after several members of the […]

5.29.2017 Written By: Anita Hooley Yoder 107 Times read

Sisterhood in Florida

While I was working on a book about Mennonite women’s organizations, I wanted to experience diverse and vibrant Mennonite women’s activities firsthand. I met interesting people and heard important stories at women’s gatherings across the country. But it was a trip to south Florida in November 2015 that provided an especially unique and inspiring glimpse […]

5.17.2017 Written By: Cyneatha Millsaps, Joel Shenk and Mary Lehman Yoder 454 Times read

Confession of Faith roundtable: Discipline in the church

The Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective was developed in 1995, and is the most recent systematic statement of belief for Mennonite Church USA.  Over the course of the next several months, we will be releasing “roundtable posts”, featuring two to three members of Mennonite Church USA congregations reflecting on an article from the Confession of Faith and […]


6.20.2017 Written By: Sarah Augustine 23 Times read

Spiritual resilience in hard times

Sarah Augustine is the executive director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties. She is also adjunct professor of sociology at Heritage University. Sarah is the co-founder of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund (SIHF), and a founding member of the Anabaptist Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery. This post originally appeared on […]

6.20.2017 Written By: Tom Sine 91 Times read

An opportunity to be “first responders” to social program cutbacks

Tom Sine is the author of the book,  Live Like You Give a Damn: Join the Changemaking Celebration (Cascade Books). He has worked for many years as a consultant in futures research and planning for both Christian and secular organizations. He founded Mustard Seed Associates to assist churches and Christian organizations to evaluate how the world is […]

6.20.2017 Written By: Erica Lea 120 Times read

Beyond Neighborliness

Rev. Erica Lea is a graduate of San Jacinto College, Texas A&M and Truett Theological Seminary. She has served congregations in Wyoming, Texas (including Houston Mennonite Church) and North Carolina. She is currently serving her final year as Pastor in Residence at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. When not at church or serving the […]

6.8.2017 Written By: Cyneatha Millsaps 518 Times read

We are anemic

Cyneatha Millsaps is pastor of Community Mennonite Church in Markham, Illinois.  I was at an area conference gathering where one of the attendees said, “We are a little anemic.” I chuckled, but that statement stayed with me throughout the conference. The more I looked around, the more I thought about all of the conferences, institutions […]

5.31.2017 Written By: Ervin Stutzman 109 Times read

An open Letter about Endless War and opposing its advance to North Korea

In 2015, Mennonite Church USA adopted the “Faithful Witness Amid Endless War” resolution. It described the United States’ engagement in “boundless and endless war.” Ever since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, our nation has waged perpetual war in pursuit of security from perceived threats of terrorism. Over the past 16 years, the targets […]

5.15.2017 Written By: John K. Stoner 276 Times read

Why church?

People need a community, a group larger than themselves, in which to give and receive the possibilities of a fuller life. It can be called a matter of survival, and on one level it is that, but much more. Whatever it means to be human, to be alive and growing, can be discovered only in […]