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Ray Martin helps EMU and partners to launch the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions

Written By: Walt Wiltschek, Eastern Mennonite University  

Photo: Ray Martin gestures while holding grandson Troy during the launch celebration for The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions August 11 at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Martin’s $1 million donation funded the center, which will be housed at EMU in partnership with Goshen (Indiana) College and Mennonite Central Committee. (Photo by Andrew Strack) Holding his […]




True greatness

8.23.2016 Posted By: Byron Pellecer 1 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 159 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 9 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 757 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 403 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 350 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 81 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 105 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 87 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 77 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 112 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 103 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 502 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 80 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 […]



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8.18.2016 Written By: Jill Stemple 75 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 28 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 109 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 1648 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 […]

8.5.2016 Written By: Cynthia Hockman-Chupp 550 Times read

One family’s season: Opting out of organized sports

For the past 18 years, fall Saturdays have been predictable in our family. From the time our oldest was 7 years old, on most weekends we could be found on or near the soccer field. With multiple kids playing, our family was often split—with one adult taking a child to a game while the other […]

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8.5.2016 Written By: Rhoda Keener with Carolyn Holderread Heggen 208 Times read

We have to care for each other

As I boarded a plane to fly to Nairobi, I knew my home conference, Franklin, was close to voting whether to stay with or leave Mennonite Church USA. Most anticipated the conference would leave and join Lancaster and North Central conferences. Yet the Sister Care seminar I and Carolyn Holderread Heggen, a psychotherapist specializing in […]


8.12.2016 Written By: Sara Wenger Shenk 2495 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 185 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 873 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 560 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 […]

7.19.2016 Written By: Daniel Riehl 296 Times read

Letter to the editor: Where have all the prophets gone?

Editor’s note: As we continue to adjust our comment policy and live into our role as a forum for the voices of Mennonite Church USA, some letters to the editor will begin to appear online.  According to The Intercept, the United States has invaded, occupied or bombed at least 14 Muslim countries since 1980 and in […]

7.19.2016 Written By: Peter Hartman, with response from Ervin Stutzman 705 Times read

Letter to the editor: Open letter from Peter Hartman

Editor’s note: As we continue to adjust our comment policy and live into our role as a forum for the voices of Mennonite Church USA, some letters to the editor will begin to appear online.  An Open Letter to Ervin Stutzman, the Boards of MC USA, Mennonite Education Agency and the News Media: After six months […]