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Mobile app extends global reach of Anabaptist prayer book

Written By: Annette Brill Bergstresser, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary  
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Photo: Members of the AMBS community gather in the Chapel of the Word for weekly prayers with Take Our Moments and Our Days, an Anabaptist prayer book published by Herald Press in collaboration with the Institute of Mennonite Studies. (Credit: Annette Brill Bergstresser) Users in 15 countries across six continents have downloaded a new free mobile […]



21st Century Discipleship and the Parable of the Sower: A Contemporary Rendition

12.12.2017 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg 1 read

Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg pastors at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, Ohio.  A farmer knew that he was supposed to go out and sow some seeds. The seed was to bear much fruit and nourish and give life to the nations, abundant life. But the farmer didn’t want to get his shoes dirty. So he gathered little […]


Advent day 10: The challenge of change

12.12.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 3 Times read

Alma Ovalle is Director of Student Ministries at Sarasota (Florida) Christian School. She loves to read, write, spend time with family and encourage students and women through spiritual leadership development. One of our Christmas family traditions is to bundle into the car and drive around Sarasota in search of the perfect tree. Every year this […]


Advent day nine: The virtue of fidelity

12.11.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 148 Times read

Rev. Erica Lea-Simka is a graduate of San Jacinto College, Texas A&M, and Truett Theological Seminary. She has served Baptist and Mennonite congregations in Wyoming, Texas, North Carolina, and Washington D.C. She began serving as Pastor of Albuquerque Mennonite Church in November. When not at church or serving the community, she enjoys cooking, walking, movies, […]


Q&A: On Jerusalem, United States policies and Mennonites

12.11.2017 Posted By: Hannah Heinzekehr 918 Times read

On Dec. 6, U.S. President Donald Trump declared that his administration is recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced plans to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in the near future. This move put the Uniged States at odds with many of its international partners—no other country maintains an embassy in Jerusalem. […]


Relationships made tangible in Thomas Fire

12.11.2017 Posted By: Tim Nafziger 321 Times read

Photo of the Ojai Valley, California, during the Thomas Fire. Photo by Tim Nafziger. Tim Nafziger is a regular blogger for The Mennonite, Inc.  Community is key for us as Mennonites and this week that came home to me in a very concrete way as my wife, Charletta, and I watched the Thomas Fire grow from […]


Advent day eight: Do you want the good news or the bad news first?

12.10.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 214 Times read

Sherah-Leigh Gerber enjoys coffee, books and creating with her two young children. A believer, wife, mother and pastor, she lives with her family in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, where she serves as associate pastor for worship, discipleship and care at Harrisonburg (Virginia) Mennonite Church. Reflections on Psalm 85.  “How was your day at school?” I […]


Advent day seven: The pursuit of love and justice

12.9.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 201 Times read

Jenny Castro is the coordinator for the Women in Leadership Project of Mennonite Church USA.  Reflections on Mark 11:27-33.  On Thursday night, it snowed in San Antonio, Texas. It never snows. My girls and I were out shopping (of all things). They had a choir concert on Friday and needed appropriate footwear. We were coming […]


Friday Roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

12.8.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 287 Times read

Joanne Gallardo is pastor of faith formation at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana. 1. Cranberries: ‘Tis the season for cranberries. For some reason, my roommate and I have amassed quite a quantity of them in our freezer. They are the quintessential berry for the holiday season. Maybe you want to put them in your wassail […]


December recipe: Haitian Spiced Hot Chocolate with Coconut (Chokola Ayisyen)

12.7.2017 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 143 Times read

Chokola Ayisyen, Haitian Spiced Hot Chocolate with Coconut is a spicy, thick and comforting drink. In Haiti, Chokola Ayisyen is both served for breakfast and also as a sweet, liquid reassurance during troubling times. In this season, we make and share Chokola Ayisyen in warm solidarity with our Haitian sisters and brothers.  Join us. Yield: 8 […]


Advent day six: God’s calling for us

12.7.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 248 Times read

Doris Diener, motivated by curiosity and a passion to facilitate faith, wholeness and the release of the best in others, is a seasoned educator of students of many ages and locations. Former Minister of Mennonite Women for Southeast Mennonite Conference, she and her spouse, Larry, live in Souderton, Pennsylvania. Now the word of the Lord […]


The Whos down in Who-ville and Restorative Justice

12.7.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 266 Times read

Andrew Suderman teaches Theology, Ethics, Peace and Mission at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. He also serves as the Secretary of Mennonite World Conference’s Peace Commission. Although born in Canada, Andrew has spent many years living outside of North America. He spent a combined total of 10 years in Latin America (Costa Rica, Bolivia, and […]


Advent day five: The reign of God is now

12.7.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 292 Times read

Brenda Sawatzky Paetkau is part of the pastoral team at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana. She is looking forward to lively dinner conversation when the entire family will be gathered at the table over the Christmas break.  Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;        Righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring […]


Advent day four: The vulnerability of Jesus

12.6.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 390 Times read

Carmen D. Horst loves her church, James Street Mennonite Church, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She knows she couldn’t be their associate pastor without the support of her spiritual director, her friends and family, or her membership to Longwood Gardens, her happy place. Reflections on Psalm 79, Micah 5:1-5a and Luke 21:34-38. What drew the crowds back to […]


Advent day three: Apocalyptic Hope

12.5.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 321 Times read

John Tyson serves as associate pastor for faith formation at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, Kansas.  After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority; and the earth was made bright with his splendor. 2 He called out with a mighty voice, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! It […]


December Faith Formation Checklist

12.3.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 229 Times read

Listen for God’s heart with these podcasts. In this season of Advent, God invites you to slow down and listen for God’s heart for you. Here are three podcasts to help you enter God’s Presence. On the Eighth Day A simple way to read and listen to the lectionary texts each day. On Monday, Nick […]


Advent day two: Christ’s body here on earth

12.3.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 507 Times read

Danilo Sanchez lives with his family in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He has a youth ministry degree from Eastern University and Master of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He serves part time as the Lehigh Valley area youth pastor and works with three churches. He also works part time with Mennonite Central Committee as […]


Advent day one: We’re not lacking any gift

12.3.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 503 Times read

Jon Carlson is Pastor at Forest Hills Mennonite Church, Leola, Pennsylvania.  “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in […]


¡Bienvenidos a Meno Acontecer de noviembre, 2017!

12.1.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 75 Times read

Suscríbase gratis en: Encuentre los números anteriores en: Para leer más historias de Meno Acontecer, visite Versión para imprimir: Meno Acontecer PDF Contrario a lo que Creemos la Primera Navidad no fue de Paz. Algunos cantos navideños o villancicos que cantamos en tiempo de navidad, como “Noche de Paz” “Alegría, Alegría, Alegría” y la agradable visita de […]



12.4.2017 Written By: Hilary Scarsella 712 Times read

Not Making Sense: Why Stanley Hauerwas’s Response to Yoder’s Sexual Abuse Misses the Mark

Hilary Scarsella is a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University, researching the intersection of theology, gender, violence and psychological trauma. She directs the network Our Stories Untold. This piece was originally published on the ABC Religion & Ethics website.  In a recent article, Stanley Hauerwas reflected at length on the extensively documented sexually violent behavior of Mennonite peace theologian John Howard […]

11.27.2017 Written By: Leona Gingerich 302 Times read

What’s hanging on your ‘Doorpost’?

Leona Goering Gingerich is a retired music teacher who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband Ken.  She attends Albuquerque Mennonite Church. Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. […]

11.27.2017 Written By: Anton Flores 378 Times read

The wrong choice? An Advent meditation

Anton Flores-Maisonet is the co-founder of Casa Alterna, a hospitality house in Georgia devoted to witnessing to a love that crosses borders. This reflection appeared in the December issue of The Mennonite magazine.  Simeon said to Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a […]

11.16.2017 Written By: Joshua Grace 182 Times read

The Pearl & the Field: Parables calling us in to forgiveness and belonging

Joshua Grace has Polish and Irish roots. He and Martha live with their two teenage daughters in the Delaware River watershed, specifically Philadelphia. He has been pastoring with Circle of Hope since 2004 and recently graduated with an MAIS from the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS). He loves music, gardening, playing baseball […]

11.15.2017 Written By: Kimberlee Johnson 202 Times read

Compelled to Share the Word

Kimberlee Johnson serves on the Urban Studies faculty at Eastern University, Philadelphia, where she also directs the Center for Urban Youth Development and the Juvenile Justice Ministry Certificate program. She is also a youth justice advocate and member of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. Dr. Johnson is an ordained American Baptist Churches, USA minister serving […]

11.9.2017 Written By: Betsy Headrick McCrae 125 Times read

Sour grapes

Betsy Headrick McCrae is Pastor of Glennon Heights Mennonite Church in Lakewood, Colorado. This piece is adapted from a sermon preached on October 8.  Sour grapes are not good fruit. I have had a bitter taste in my mouth since we heard the news of yet another mass shooting in Las Vegas [and since this […]


12.11.2017 Written By: Amy Gingerich 172 Times read

MennoMedia responds to “Rethinking 606”

Amy Gingerich is the editorial director incoming CEO of MennoMedia. This piece is responding to Austin McCabe Juhnke’s reflections, “Rethinking 606.”  Thanks to Austin McCabe Juhnke for delineating various historical aspects related to Mennonite hymnals. I offer the following points of clarification. MennoMedia was charged by the Joint Executive Committee of Mennonite Church USA and […]

12.5.2017 Written By: Austin McCabe Juhnke 811 Times read

Rethinking 606, the “Mennonite National Anthem”

Austin McCabe Juhnke is a PhD candidate in Musicology at Ohio State University studying music in the Mennonite Church during the twentieth century.This post originally ran on the Anabaptist Historians blog.  In 2015, Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” recorded a show on the campus of Goshen (Indiana) College.1 As he often does, Keillor began the […]

11.22.2017 Written By: Lawrence Ressler 991 Times read

When Anabaptists were terrorists

Dr. Lawrence Ressler has spent nearly four decades as a social work professor and academic administrator in Christian higher education including time at Eastern Mennonite University, Messiah College and Tabor College. He is currently professor of social work at Cairn University located in the greater Philadelphia area after serving a year as host at the […]

11.15.2017 Written By: Hillary Watson 1,415 read

An Anabaptist Response to Gun Violence

Hillary Watson is a full-time Mennonite pastor at Lombard Mennonite Church in suburban Chicago. She blogs at Gathering the Stones, where this post first appeared. It is reprinted with permission. There is a gap in Mennonite response to mass shootings. After a  shooting, when secular headlines buzz with gory details and harrowing survivals, Mennonite news outlets often continue posting […]

11.10.2017 Written By: Tonya Detweiler 258 Times read

Sitting in the Silence

Tonya Detweiler serves as the board treasurer for Mennonite Women USA. Tonya currently serves as president of Blue Diamond Communities in Goshen, Indiana where she lives with her husband Craig and their blended family of five children. In her free time, Tonya enjoys landscaping, entertaining, cooking and traveling. This post originally ran on Mennonite Women […]

11.9.2017 Written By: Jonathan Brenneman 297 Times read

We support Esther Koontz

Jonathan Brenneman is Partners in Peacemaking coordinator for Mennonite Church USA. This post originally appeared on the Menno Snapshots blog of Mennonite Church USA.  “We support Esther Koontz, a member of a Mennonite Church USA congregation, as she lives out her peace witness inspired by the church’s tradition and teaching. We support her courageous witness […]