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MCC walks with undocumented couple targeted for deportation at hospital

Written By: Linda Espenshade, Mennonite Central Committee  
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Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is working with National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) to support a mother and father who face deportation after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers initiated removal proceedings at a Texas hospital where the couple sought emergency care for their infant. The actions of CBP, part of the Department of Homeland […]




Friday round-up: Six things worth talking about today

9.22.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 1 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 keep coming back to conversations about: 1. Abide With Me, Elizabeth Strout, 2006. Sometimes Leann comes home from book club and […]


Faith online: Cultivating healthy habits

9.21.2017 Posted By: Hannah Heinzekehr 13 Times read

Hannah Heinzkehr is the Executive Director for The Mennonite, Inc. She lives in Goshen, Indiana, with her husband, Justin, and two kids. This post originally appeared on the Menno Snapshots blog for Mennonite Church USA. Facebook first became a phenomenon when I was a college student studying abroad during my junior year at Bluffton University. I […]


Living Life as Purple People

9.13.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 436 Times read

“A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.” Acts 16:14 My senior year of high school, I pulled my car into my garage feeling utterly defeated. After about a month […]


Giving trends of Millennials (and others) to congregations

9.13.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 162 Times read

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education at Everence. This article originally appeared at and on the Menno Snapshots blog of Mennonite Church USA.  As the number of not-for-profits increases, along with their level of sophistication for donor dollars, churches need to adjust to the changing landscape of religious giving. When it comes to giving, loyalty […]


Top five reasons we really don’t want to be missional

9.12.2017 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg 1,270 read

Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg is an apostle serving at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, Ohio.  Missional. We’ve been hearing this word for 20 years. Our seminaries have been teaching it, our agencies have been producing books on it and our congregations have been using the word “missional” to justify programs, mission efforts and other worthwhile “regularly scheduled” […]


Seven questions with…Isabel Castillo

9.8.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 284 Times read

Name: Isabel Castillo Role: Shenandoah Valley Organizer with Virginia Organizing, Castillo also was recently honored as a “Movement Honoree” by Sojourners and was a speaker at the 2013 Mennonite Church USA Convention in Phoenix 1. You came to the United States from Mexico when you were six. Would you be willing to say more about […]


Seeing the humanity in one another

9.7.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 110 Times read

Ben Wideman is Campus Pastor for 3rd Way Collective at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania.  Cindy Lapp’s recent reflection on her experience at the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests stands out to me in a number of different ways, perhaps none greater than her emphasis on the need to see the humanity in those with […]


On Sept. 5, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program will be terminated in six months. As of Sept. 5, no new DACA applications will be processed, and individuals seeking renewals to their work permits will need to apply by Oct. 5. This program has provided work permits […]


Seven questions with…David Mishler

9.1.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 451 Times read

Name: David Mishler Role: Conference Minister for Allegheny Mennonite Conference and Pastor at Scottdale (Pennsylvania) Mennonite Church 1. What is your earliest memory of church? My earliest memory of church is singing songs as a primary or preschool student group before Sunday school. I loved singing and the upbeat children’s songs are a happy memory. […]


Preventing sexual abuse in youth ministry

9.1.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 310 Times read

Glen Guyton is Chief Operating Officer for Mennonite Church USA.  Maybe nothing better illustrates the need for clear boundary lines than the hymn by Thomas H. Troeger: “God marked a line and told the sea, its surging tides and waves were free to travel up the sloping strand, but not to overtake the land.” Even […]



9.8.2017 Written By: Hannah Heinzekehr, The Mennonite 212 Times read

Living Water pioneers a new kind of grant

This article originally appeared in the September issue of The Mennonite magazine. To read more features on new models for church, read our current issue online or subscribe today. Photos of Francine Maombi by Charissa Johnson Photography.  Living Water Community Church sits at the crossroads of Pratt Blvd. and Ashland Ave. in Chicago. But this is not the only crossroads […]

9.8.2017 Written By: Bradley Kauffman 1,147 read

My top 10 songs: Bradley Kauffman

Bradley Kauffman is the Director and General Editor of Resonate, the new Mennonite worship and song collection project. He attends Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship. Editor’s Note: Some of these songs are not available on Spotify or YouTube, but we’ve given you handy songbook references so you can locate them and sing them with friends, perhaps on the Great […]

9.7.2017 Written By: Dove's Nest 51 Times read

Dove’s Nest offers comprehensive schoolwide training

“Even though we are a Christian school and environment, abuse happens.” This comment came from a staff member at Freeman (South Dakota) Academy where Dove’s Nest speaker, Brenda L. Yoder, LMHC, provided a staff training on abuse, bullying, grooming, relationships, social media and boundaries. Dove’s Nest received a grant from the Schowalter Foundation that helped […]

8.25.2017 Written By: Juan Marrero and Aldo Siahaan 181 Times read

Together in Philadelphia: Stories from the Kingdom Builders Network

This article ran in the September issue of The Mennonite magazine. To read more features on church planting and church revitalization, read our current issue online or subscribe today. Photos by Jennifer Strickland.  The Kingdom Builder’s Anabaptist Network of Greater Philadelphia is a community that brings together Anabaptist congregations and leaders to explore the question, What can […]

8.23.2017 Written By: Erin Bradley 302 Times read

My top 10 songs: Erin Bradley

Erin grew up in Newton, Kansas, and attended Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas. She just wrapped up two years of volunteer service in San Antonio, Texas, one year through Mennonite Voluntary Service and one year through AmeriCorps. She is currently working part time for a nonprofit that focuses on providing support for those who are […]

8.18.2017 Written By: Carrie Newcomer, interviewed by Hannah Heinzekehr 537 Times read

Carrie Newcomer: On spirituality, music and a playlist

Author, poet, singer, songwriter and Goshen (Indiana) College alum, Carrie Newcomer, visited with Hannah Heinzekehr, executive director of The Mennonite, Inc., about spirituality, news, art and her top five most influential artists. You can listen to a playlist inspired by their conversation below. Hannah Heinzekehr: As it turns out, you are the most cited artist […]


9.6.2017 Written By: Zach Martinez 547 Times read

Le Chambon, Mennonites and DACA

Zach Martinez is the pastor of Sojourn Mennonite Church in Fort Collins, Colorado. He and his family live in Greeley, Colorado. In mid-December 2006, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents carried out six immigration raids at JBS Swift meat packing plants across the U.S. One of these raids was carried out in my home town […]

8.31.2017 Written By: Sarah Matsui 421 Times read

Addressing claims of “reverse oppression”

Sarah Matsui attends First Mennonite Church of San Francisco. This article originally appeared in the September issue of The Mennonite magazine. You can read more September features online or subscribe now to receive The Mennonite in your e-mail inbox or mailbox each month.  People pray to each other. The way I say “you” to someone else, […]

8.23.2017 Written By: Cynthia Lapp 2,545 Times read

Reflections on being in Charlottesville on Aug. 12

Cynthia Lapp is Pastor of Hyattsville (Maryland) Mennonite Church.  I went to Charlottesville because clergy were called. I don’t always go when I am called but my pastor’s heart was compelled this time, even though I am a homebody and would rather stay home and even though it sounded dangerous. Kim McDowell, a pastoral colleague […]

8.21.2017 Written By: Andrew Wright, in consultation with some MCC Central States and U.S. staff and board members 379 Times read

MCC U.S.: Statement on white supremacy and racism

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. In light of recent events, we are again compelled to denounce and condemn the racist ideologies of white supremacy […]

8.18.2017 Written By: Julian Jackson 858 Times read

What will you do?

Julian Jackson is a member of Living Water Community Church in Chicago. Photo by Tim Nafziger.   In 1990, I attended the first legal rally of the South African Communist Party. I was there because Nelson Mandela was speaking (see picture). It was one of his very first speaking engagements after being released from Robben […]

8.14.2017 Written By: Kerinna Good 245 Times read

Orlando 2017 Convention Reflection

Kerinna Good is a rising high school junior who participated in the Step Up program at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando in July. She attends Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  I had the unique experience at the convention in Orlando of participating in the program called “Step Up,” which was an effort […]