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The Mennonite

The Mennonite provides Anabaptist content and is a publication of Mennonite Church USA.

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Regional Representatives connect with churches

7.27.2016
Written By: Mennonite World Conference release  
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Photo: MWC Regional Representative for Central/West Africa Francisca Ibanda shares with a Église Mennonite du Burundi congregation. Photo courtesy of Francisca Ibanda.  Smiles and a warm reception greeted Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Executive Committee member Steven Mang’ana and Regional Representative (Central/West Africa) Francisca Ibanda as they visited Église Mennonite du Burundi (EMB). In May 2016, Mang’ana […]

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Blog

Tap into the power inside you

7.29.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 25 Times read
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Jenny Castro is communications associate and coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA. This post originally ran on Mennonite Church USA’s Menno Snapshots blog.  There was a time in my life where I didn’t recognize that I had much power at all. For a significant portion of my formative years and […]

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Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to

7.29.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 509 Times read
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Gordon Houser is editor of The Mennonite magazine.  It’s summer, and while I’ve been catching up on some fantasy—finally finishing A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin’s fifth of seven planned novels in the Game of Thrones series—I’ll mention a couple of other books worth reading. 1. Lord Willing? Wrestling with God’s Role in My Child’s Death by Jessica […]

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I’m not alone on the journey

7.26.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 49 Times read
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Jazmine Rivera is an administrative assistant at Mennonite Central Committee U.S. for National Program. She is a single mother of three girls who is keeping her commitment to Interdisciplinary Studies at Hodges University. She enjoys exploring creative ways to bring new adventures to life with her girls, whether it be in road trips, hikes, building […]

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Comments are back…with some changes

7.26.2016 Posted By: Hannah Heinzekehr 709 Times read
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Hannah Heinzekehr is Executive Director of The Mennonite, Inc.  A little over 30 days ago, we tried an experiment: We closed comments on our website. At that time, I outlined an extensive list of factors that played into this decision, but they largely boiled down to the fact that it was unclear whether comments were […]

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Missional church story: Berlin Mennonite Church

7.25.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 486 Times read
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Myron Weaver is senior pastor of Berlin (Ohio) Mennonite Church. Photo: Members of Berlin Mennonite Church pack relief kits for Mennonite Central Committee. Photo provided.  Four years ago, I began my pastorate at Berlin Mennonite Church in Holmes County, Ohio. Unlike my previous pastorate, Berlin is nestled in a rural county of just under 40,000 […]

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A paradox for Mennonites

7.25.2016 Posted By: Ben Wideman 437 Times read
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Ben Wideman is the campus pastor for 3rd Way Collective at Penn State University and a regular blogger for TheMennonite.org.   On the Monday after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, the Penn State community gathered to remember the victims of the mass shooting and to stand in solidarity with those who felt the pain of […]

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I fully support the Confession of Faith

7.20.2016 Posted By: Glen Guyton 719 Times read
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Glen Guyton is Chief Operating Officer for Mennonite Church USA and blogs for The Mennonite.  I was sitting around reading the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective (CoF), not because I am a weirdo, but because my internet was out and I didn’t really have anything else to read as I was cleaning out […]

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Doing what you can

7.19.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 288 Times read
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Mariah Martin is currently a senior at Eastern Mennonite University where she studies nursing and plays field hockey. Though her home base is Greencastle, Pennsylvania, she recently traveled to Haiti with a professor and fellow nursing students to work alongside the organization Midwives for Haiti. She enjoys long talks, writing, rock climbing and anything outdoors. […]

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Forbearance is a learned virtue

7.18.2016 Posted By: Elwood Yoder 504 Times read
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Elwood Yoder teaches history in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He is a regular blogger for TheMennonite.org.  Forbearance is a learned virtue I need to work at understanding and exercising forbearance towards those I love, meet and work with. I reread the Resolution on Forbearance in the Midst of Difference passed by Mennonite Church USA delegates in Kansas City recently, […]

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There will always be enough

7.15.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 128 Times read
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Rachel S. Gerber is denominational minister for youth and young adult for Mennonite Church USA. This post originally appeared on Mennonite Church USA’s Menno Snapshots blog.  We call these three months (June, July and August) “summer vacation.” Vacation? Really? Parents, I see you. I hear you. I get you. Trust me. With three kids of […]

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

7.15.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 291 Times read
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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. A soul-searching […]

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Pilgrimage in any season

7.14.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 94 Times read
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Marlene Kropf is a spiritual director, retreat leader and retired Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary professor who now lives in Port Townsend, Washington, with her husband Stanley, who enjoys sailing on nearby waters. Marlene is a member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. This post originally appeared on the Mennonite Church USA Menno Snapshots blog.  In […]

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Extremists for Peace?

7.12.2016 Posted By: Ben Wideman 113 Times read
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Ben Wideman is campus pastor for 3rd Way Collective at Penn State University and blogs for The Mennonite.  On Sunday, July 10th, four historic peace churches met in State College, Pennsylvania, for what was billed as the first ever “Meeting for Peace” in our town. In the wake of another difficult national news cycle filled […]

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Weekly roundup: Five things worth paying attention to

7.11.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 75 Times read
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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. Lovishly: A […]

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Dallas makes nonviolent direct action all the more important

7.10.2016 Posted By: Tim Nafziger 469 Times read
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In the wake of the shootings of police and civilians in Dallas, many voices are blaming the Black Lives Matter movement and the growing opposition to police violence and white supremacy. But now more than ever we need movements of committed, militant nonviolence. Shootings like the one in Dallas grow out of what scholar Ron […]

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Five reasons I get out of bed in the morning

7.7.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 1282 Times read
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Del Hershberger is the director of Christian Service for Mennonite Mission Network. He lives in Hesston, Kansas, with his wife, Michele. One of the dangers of offering up a list of things that get you out of bed in the morning, is that the order can make it seem as though you’ve prioritized them according […]

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Go, Be a Disciple Maker!

7.5.2016 Posted By: Byron Pellecer 155 Times read
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Byron Pellecer is Associate Conference Minister in Texas for Western District Conference and a blogger for www.themennonite.org.  As I begin to visit and engage in conversations with Western District Conference congregations and their pastors, discipleship and missions are the two themes, among many others, that have been predominant our discussions. Both discipleship and mission are relevant […]

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Silent retreats

7.5.2016 Posted By: wearemenno 83 Times read
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June Mears Driedger is a spiritual director and retreat leader in Lansing, Michigan. She is also editor of Leader magazine, published by MennoMedia. June is a member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. This post originally ran on Mennonite Church USA’s Menno Snapshots blog.  The road sign into The Hermitage property in Three Rivers, Michigan, says, […]

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Features

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7.28.2016 Written By: Melissa Florer-Bixler 470 Times read

My top 10 songs: Melissa Florer-Bixler

Each month, we’ll feature a playlist from a different individual across Mennonite Church USA reflecting on their top 10 most important songs. This month’s playlist comes from Melissa Florer-Bixler. Melissa is licensed for ministry in Virginia Mennonite Conference, although she currently serves the people of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church in Durham, North Carolina, as Minister […]

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7.26.2016 Written By: Joanna Shenk 70 Times read

A Litany of Lament

This post was originally published on Jesus Radicals.  In the last few days the lives of two Black men have been lost to police shootings, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Their deaths have catalyzed many to protest and respond, including here in the Bay Area. In Dallas […]

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7.22.2016 Written By: Grace Pam and Willard Swartley 148 Times read

Confession of Faith roundtable: Article 3, Holy Spirit

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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7.20.2016 Written By: Ted Oswald, MCC Haiti 15 Times read

GOAL! Playing Soccer for Peace in Haiti’s Largest Slum

Ted Oswald is the Policy Analyst and Advocacy Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee in Haiti, and has shared the position with his wife, Katharine, since July 2014. He is a licensed attorney and the author of the Libète Limyè Mysteries, a series of novels set in present-day Haiti. You can follow MCC Haiti Advocacy on Facebook and Twitter. […]

RootsofJustice
7.18.2016 Written By: Tobin Miller Sherer and Brenda Zook Friesen, Roots of Justice 1239 Times read

The Mennonite Church, Racism and Whiteness: Two Reflections

Two members of the Roots of Justice anti-oppression training organization respond to Regina Shands Stoltzfus’ recent piece, “I cannot speak of love to you today,” and offer suggestions for next steps for white people following the most recent police shootings.  Are we ready now? Tobin Miller Shearer is the Director of the African-American Studies Program at the […]

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7.15.2016 Written By: Myron Augsburger, Izaete Nafziger and Ry Siggelkow 261 Times read

Confession of Faith roundtable: Article 2, Jesus Christ

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 […]

Opinions

7.26.2016 Written By: Karla Minter, with response by Lynda Hollinger-Janzen 461 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 316 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 210 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 493 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 […]

7.12.2016 Written By: James Rissler 156 Times read

Praying for Peace in Israel-Palestine

Fear has created a segregated society in Israel-Palestine that encourages ongoing ignorance, suspicion, and even hatred of the other. In this environment, shalom, just peace, is hard to imagine. In November of 2015, 15 persons, 13 of us pastors, spent 11 days in Israel-Palestine, guided by MCC staff in a Come and See Tour of […]

7.12.2016 Written By: Slyvia E. Shirk 206 Times read

‘For you were aliens’: A visit to the Mexico, U.S. borderlands

NEW YORK — Late one afternoon as I walked near the Mexico and U.S. border wall on the outskirts of Douglas, Ariz., I leaned in to get a photo of the barrier. Just at that moment I heard feet scuffling on the gravel road behind me. I looked back to see three women with a […]