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In spite of conflict, MCC supports education in South Sudan

Written By: Candacia Greeman and Emily Loewen , MCC Canada  
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Photo: Peace club members at Loreto Girls Secondary School are trained in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, and share what they’ve learned with other students and the community. (MCC photo/Candacia Greeman)  When South Sudan became an independent country in 2011, hopes were high and the future looked bright. But conflict broke out in 2013 and violence has […]




True greatness

8.23.2016 Posted By: Byron Pellecer 30 Times read
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Byron Pellecer is Associate Conference Minister (Texas-Based) for Western District Conference.  While visiting and worshiping at a local Mennonite church in the Houston area, I was deeply moved by a young boy’s attitude and service. I’ll call him Carlitos. At first glance, while Carlitos was clearing the tables and disposing any waste inside of big […]


If love is a verb

8.22.2016 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg 331 Times read

Jessica Schrock Ringenberg is pastor at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, Ohio. It’s really hard to show love when your arms are tied behind your back. I had never really thought about it before, until I watched my “baby” brother from a distance, arms cuffed behind his back, being escorted out of the courtroom after […]


Aguapanela: Youth and children drink in curriculum’s “faith vitamins”

8.22.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 13 Times read

Photo: The creation team officially presents the curriculum. From left: Rut Atarama, Fabiola Arango, Diana Suárez, Rosa Triana and Amanda Valencia. Photo courtesy of Rut Atarama.  Rut Atarama is a member of the Iglesia Cristiana Hermanos Menonitas, Miraflores. Piura, Perú (Mennonite Brethren church in Peru). This post was originally published by Mennonite World Conference.  “There is […]


Seven questions with…Ted Swartz

8.22.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 872 Times read

 Ted Swartz is an actor and writer who has been performing in Mennonite (and other) circles for the past 20 years. He is the current owner of Ted & Co. TheaterWorks. Prior to 2007, he was part of a traveling theater duo, Ted & Lee, with Lee Eshleman. In 2007, Eshleman committed suicide after a […]


Friday round-up: Five things worth paying attention to this week

8.19.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 418 Times read

Every Friday, we’ll have an author that highlights five things to read, watch or check out online. This week’s post comes from David and Leann Augsburger, 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.  1. Two letters. Amazing […]


Fabiola Flores: Five reasons I get out of bed in the morning

8.18.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 366 Times read

Fabiola Flores lives and works in Newton, Kansas. She is the assistant for Latin America at Mennonite Mission Network. This post was developed my Mennonite Mission Network staff.  Mind you, this list is not in any particular significant order. These are simply five reasons I get out of bed in the morning, put on paper […]


Breathing at high altitudes

8.17.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 84 Times read

Jane Bishop Halteman is from Kern Road Mennonite Church in South Bend, Indiana, where she contributes to a weekly blog, Glimpses of Healing and Hope. She is a spiritual director, writer, photographer,active grandmother and member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. This post originally appeared on the Menno Snapshots blog of Mennonite Church USA.  I’ve […]


Thank a teacher today

8.15.2016 Posted By: Elwood Yoder 107 Times read

Elwood Yoder recently joined The Mennonite online’s blogging team. He teaches history in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He has taught high school history and social studies courses for 34 years, since 1988 at Eastern Mennonite High School. Elwood has written seven books, including congregational histories and historical novels. Elwood is Editor of Shenandoah Mennonite Historian, and he is also […]


Members of the circle

8.15.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 88 Times read

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Interchurch Relations for Mennonite Church USA. This post originally ran on Mennonite Church USA’s Menno Snapshots blog.  Several weeks ago I had the privilege of spending three days in retreat with ecumenical officers from 13 other Christian churches. I’ve been meeting with this group for the past four years. […]


Friday round-up: Five things worth paying attention to this week

8.12.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 78 Times read

Angie Santoso is 22 years old and currently living in Los Angeles, California. She has a Bachelors degree in Business Marketing, and is now attending UCLA Extension for Interior Design. On the weekends, she loves biking down the Santa Monica boardwalk with her puppy pom, Charli. She attends Maranatha Christian Fellowship in Northridge, California.  1. […]


Vulnerability in mission

8.10.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 60 Times read

Steve Wiebe-Johnson is a story teller, small-scale coffee roaster, and loves to create community around food. Steve is the Africa director for Mennonite Mission Network. This post originally ran on Mennonite Mission Network’s Beyond blog.  One day in 2004, on my way into the office, I was listening to public radio, and Garrison Keillor, storyteller par excellence, shared the […]


Weekly round-up: Jennie Wintermote

8.9.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 113 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 prairieroseramblings.weebly.com. I’ve been thinking […]


August recipe: Tomato and Almond Pesto

8.9.2016 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 113 Times read
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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: www.haitimcc.org. Tomato and Almond Pesto, pesto alla Trapanese, is from the Trapani province in Northwest Sicily, Italy. Almonds are native to Sicily, and so in this […]


On singleness and the church

8.3.2016 Posted By: Erica Littlewolf 511 Times read
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Erica Littlewolf is from the Northern Cheyenne tribe of southeastern Montana and currently lives in Kansas. She works for Mennonite Central Committee Central States with the Indigenous Visioning Circle where she is committed to the work of decolonization, authentic relationship and healing. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and American Indian Studies […]


Love is comic

8.3.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 82 Times read

Alison Brookins is a seminarian at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary where she will soon earn the wildly inaccurate title Master of Divinity. Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, Alison is spending the summer in the clammy valley of Harrisonburg, Virginia, interning with Ted & Co TheaterWorks. She loves words and science fiction and community organizing and laughing […]



8.26.2016 Written By: Nekeisha Alayna Alexis 191 Times read

Table talk: The violence of grace and gratitude

Nekeisha Alayna Alexis is an independent scholar with wide-ranging interests related to human and other animal liberation. She orients her life toward undoing oppression through her vegan practice, teaching and writing and involvement in her community. She is a graduate of and on staff at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and a member of St. James AME Church in Elkhart, Ind. She extends gratitude to Alan Kreider […]

8.24.2016 Written By: Brian Bither, Michelle Burkholder and Horace McMillon 79 Times read

Confession of Faith Roundtable: Creation and Divine Providence

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. In its introduction, the writers identify six ways that confessions of faith serve the church, including: providing guidelines for interpretation of Scripture; providing guidance for belief and practice; build a foundation for unity […]

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8.18.2016 Written By: Jill Stemple 79 Times read

Learning to be known and loved: The movement from hiding mental illness to sharing it with the church

This feature article ran in the July issue of The Mennonite magazine, focusing on mental illness and the church. You can view the full issue online here. To subscribe to The Mennonite and receive feature articles like this every month, visit our online subscription page.  Jill Stemple is a member of Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. She lives in Harrisburg, […]

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8.16.2016 Written By: Pat Jeanne Davis 30 Times read

Running to feel God’s pleasure

Pat Davis writes from her home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You can read more of her writing online at www.patjeannedavis.com.  The writer of Hebrews likens the Christian life to a long distance race (Hebrews 12:1-3, NKJV). He exhorts believers to “run with endurance the race that is set before us.” To run this marathon successfully, we must […]

8.15.2016 Written By: Joetta Handrich Schlabach 132 Times read

Mercy in the borderlands

Joetta Handrich Schlabach is Co-pastor for Worship, Pastoral Care and Administration at Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She lives on the “bi-ecclesial bridge” with her Mennonite-Catholic husband, Gerald Schlabach. They recently celebrated 35 years of marriage and agree that “One of us is usually right.” This sermon was presented at the Footwashing Liturgy and Agape […]

8.11.2016 Written By: Rachel Waltner Goossen 1745 Times read

Mennonite bodies, sexual ethics: Women challenge John Howard Yoder

Rachel Waltner Goossen is professor of history at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. In 2014, she was tasked by the Mennonite Church USA Discernment Group on Sexual Abuse and the Church to write a history of the abuse perpetrated by John Howard Yoder, a Mennonite theologian and ethicist. Her research resulted in the article, “‘Defanging the […]


8.25.2016 Written By: Joanna Harader 1339 Times read

Our loss

Joanna Harader is Pastor of Peace Mennonite Church, Lawrence, Kansas.  My friend Sarah is a phenomenal writer and preacher. She considered going to Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.* They told her they would not be able to grant her an MDiv if she was “in a relationship” with another woman.* Since she didn’t […]

8.24.2016 Written By: Ignacio Silva 347 Times read

Wealth and Christianity: One business teacher’s perspective

Ignacio Silva is a Business Teacher at Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Mennonite High School.  My mission as a business teacher at Lancaster Mennonite High School is to provide students with financial tools and knowledge so that they will be able to support themselves and support others – a family – and give back to the greater good. That, […]

8.12.2016 Written By: Sara Wenger Shenk 2743 Times read

Beauty in borderlands: My family and Malcolm Gladwell

Sara Wenger Shenk is president of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, and the daughter of Chester Wenger, the Mennonite pastor and missionary who was featured on Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast, Revisionist History, this week.  Photo: Sara Jane and Chester Wenger with three of their eight children, during an intergenerational Wenger family and friends trip […]

8.11.2016 Written By: Mike Clemmer, for Franconia Mennonite Conference Intersectings 215 Times read

Holy longing for communion

Mike Clemmer is Lead Pastor at Towamencin Mennonite Church, and a LEADership Minister for Franconia Conference. This piece orginally ran in Franconia Mennonite Conference’s newsletter, Intersectings.  Recently, I had an intriguing conversation about communion with a friend who worships at a local Catholic parish. He described his weekly experience of partaking the Holy Eucharist as being […]

7.26.2016 Written By: Karla Minter, with response by Lynda Hollinger-Janzen 1003 Times read

Breaking my silence and Injustice made visible

These articles originally appeared on Mennonite Mission Network’s Beyond Blog.  Breaking my silence by Karla Minter There are enough of you Mennonites that if you would all get together, you could get something done!” This is the second challenge I hear on this heartbreaking day. The first comes when a Facebook friend comments, “Why are […]

7.25.2016 Written By: Jeremy Yoder, with a response from Elwood Yoder 572 Times read

Letter to the editor: What is the business of the church?

This letter is in response to Elwood Yoder’s blog, “Let’s get on with church.”  As a pastor, I am tempted by Yoder’s pastoral and pleasant description of a church meeting as the “business of the church.”I also sometimes experience controversy fatigue. But I reject Yoder’s implication that sexual abuse and LGBTQ inclusion are not essential […]