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Hesston College’s longtime Director of Nursing to step down

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Photo: Bonnie Sowers. Photo by Larry Bartel/Hesston College.  After 37 years as director of the Hesston (Kansas) College Nursing program, Bonnie Sowers announced that she will step down from the role on June 30. In addition to her years as director, Sowers has served in other roles within the nursing program for a total of […]




Friday Roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

3.24.2017 Posted By: Gordon Houser 121 Times read

Gordon Houser is editor of The Mennonite. 1. Lincoln in the Bardo is the first novel by George Saunders, the best-selling short story writer. (Last summer, I wrote about Tenth of December, his outstanding collection.) The novel is set in February 1862, following the death of President Lincoln’s 11-year-old son Willie. The grief-stricken president visits […]


Hope for the Future: Do you want to get well?

3.24.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 30 Times read

This is the third post in a blog series from participants in Hope for the Future (HFF), an annual gathering of people of color serving in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. Hyacinth Stevens, is co- pastor of King of Glory Tabernacle in the Bronx, New York. She is also a program coordinator for MCC East […]


Lent reflection: Can we trust God?

3.24.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 59 Times read

“Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night.” 1 Samuel 15:10b, NIV Read: 1 Samuel 15:10-21 Why pick this difficult passage from Samuel for our reflection when the other lectionary texts for this day are the familiar-and-beloved Psalm 23 and the clear-and-oft-repeated rules for getting along in Ephesians 4? Well, exactly that. I […]


Trust God, love each other

3.23.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 93 Times read

Jane Hoober Peifer resides in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with her husband Daryl. Following 24 years in pastoral ministry, Jane received Spiritual Direction training from KAIROS: School for Spiritual Formation. The following reflection is adaptation of a homily Jane gave to the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) at the opening of their last meeting of the biennium, March […]


Lent reflection: Empathy and compassion, Love is a verb

3.23.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 436 Times read

Monday evening, I sat on the couch cradling my four-year-old niece, Anna, who was crying out in agony from an ear ache. “Ouchhh,” she cried, in between tears and sniffles, as she buried her head in my chest and snuggled closer. “Just…snuggle me,” she said, trying to catch her breath. I held her closer and […]


Lent Reflection: “Is the Lord among us or not?”

3.20.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 184 Times read

Reflections on Exodus 17:1-7 and Psalm 95.  For many generations of Christians, Mennonite Church USA has been an overflowing oasis of spiritual formation, cultural confirmation and interpersonal affirmation. There has been a strong sense of a distinct identity, community and shared values. Our religious Anabaptist theology and our ethnic Mennonite heritage has benefited the majority […]


When Good News becomes fake news

3.18.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 613 Times read

We are living in an era of fake news. No, I’m not referring to the outrageous claims of President Donald Trump about CNN and the New York Times. I’m talking about the Good News of the gospel being hijacked by fear and despair as we proclaim the end of decency in the United States and around […]


Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

3.17.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 143 Times 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.  1. Why I Stayed, Why I left; Conversations on Christianity between an Evangelical Father and His Humanist Son, by Tony Compolo and Bart Compolo, 2017: […]


March 15 prayer vigil for violence in the DRC, 6 kidnapped individuals

3.14.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 3,296 Times read

This call to prayer was compiled by Annie Lengacher Browning and other members of Mountain States Mennonite Conference. They invite others to gather in prayer tomorrow, March 15 from 10-10:30 p.m. Eastern/7-7:30 p.m. Pacific.  The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in the midst of a decades-long conflict that has taken the lives of millions […]


Lent reflection: I lift my eyes up to the hills

3.12.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 278 Times read

I lift up my eyes to the hills – from where will my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day nor the moon by night. The LORD […]


Lent Reflection: The Kingdom of God here and now

3.11.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 94 Times read

Brian Martin Burkholder serves as University Campus Pastor and Director of Campus Ministries at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Scripture passages for today: Psalm 121; Isaiah 51:4-8; Luke 7:1-10 Too many times I choose the less risky path of remaining in the comfort of complacency. As a follower of Jesus, the one who fulfills prophecy, […]


Lent day four: Restorative Justice, Shalom and Well-Watered Gardens

3.4.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 139 Times read

” Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If […]


Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

3.3.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 140 Times read

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how we pass on our faith to future generations. No matter what our age, there are those who are younger (children, grandchildren, younger church friends, coworkers, etc.) in our lives who we can mentor in faith.  Today’s five things all help us pass on faith in one way […]


Lent day three: God’s abundant mercy

3.3.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 230 Times read

“When God saw what they (Ninevites) did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened. But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. He prayed to the Lord, ‘O Lord, is this not what I said when I was still at […]


God is calling the remnant

3.2.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 624 Times read

Iris de León-Hartshorn is director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. This piece originally appeared on the Mennonite Church USA Menno Snapshots blog.   And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on […]


Lent day two: In step with the Spirit

3.2.2017 Posted By: Elwood Yoder 144 Times read

“Have mercy on me, O God,     according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy     blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,     and cleanse me from my sin. Create in me a clean heart, O God,     and put a new and right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from […]


Ash Wednesday Reflection: Russ Eanes

3.1.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 101 Times read

Blow the rams-horn in Zion, Sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let everybody in the country tremble, For the day of Yahweh is coming, Yes, it is near. Day of darkness and gloom, Day of cloud and blackness. Like the dawn, across the mountains Spreads a vast and might people, Such as has never […]



3.9.2017 Written By: Ben Goossen 3,643 Times read

Mennonite privilege

Ben Goossen is a scholar of global history at Harvard University. He is the author of Chosen Nation: Mennonites and Germany in a Global Era, forthcoming in May from Princeton University Press. This article is excerpted from a sermon he gave at Southern Hills Mennonite Church, Topeka, Kansas.  This piece originally appeared in the February issue […]

3.8.2017 Written By: Joanna Harader, Sunoko Lin and Philip Rosenberger 185 Times read

Confession of Faith roundtable: Ministry and Leadership

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.  Over the course of the next several months, we will be releasing “roundtable posts”, featuring two to three members of Mennonite Church USA congregations reflecting on an article from the Confession of Faith and […]

3.6.2017 Written By: Gerald J. Mast 2,212 Times read

When Anabaptists were refugees

Gerald J. Mast is Professor of Communication at Bluffton (Ohio) University. This piece originally appeared on his blog, Anabaptist Persuasion.  On July 13, 1711, Christian Stutzman and Magdalena Stucki left their home in Bern, Switzerland to travel north down the Rhine River on a boat headed for the Netherlands. Christian was a 34 year old […]

3.6.2017 Written By: Olivia Copsey 304 Times read

Make America ____________ Again: A photo essay

Olivia Copsey is a sophomore at Hesston (Kansas) College. A version of this article appeared in the Hesston College Horizon. I was extremely confused when I discovered that Donald Trump had become an official candidate for president. But I was not surprised. Donald Trump was able to get people excited about his possible presidency, people who […]

3.6.2017 Written By: Katie Hurst, The Mennonite 195 Times read

Jonathan Kuttab: Peacemaking as a way of life

Photo: Jonathan Kuttab speaks during a Gaza Webcast in 2014. Photo by Bud Korotzer/Creative Commons. For Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian Mennonite, peacemaking is more than a concept; it’s a way of life. As a human rights lawyer in Israel-Palestine and the United States, Kuttab knows the value of finding alternatives to violence as a means of […]

3.2.2017 Written By: Rachel Bowman 81 Times read

Leading into the Common Good: How can Anabaptist identity empower us?

Rachel Bowman was a student at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, when she gave this speech at the 2016 conference, Leading into the common good: An Anabaptist Perspective.  I’ve been asked to respond to the question, “how can our Anabaptist identity empower us?” But in order to answer that question, I feel that I must first pose […]


3.15.2017 Written By: Kathy Neufeld Dunn 58 Times read

The Practice of Descent

Kathy Neufeld Dunn is Associate Conference Minister in Kansas for Western District Conference. This piece originally appeared in the WDC Sprouts newsletter.  Lent—forty days of prayer and practice. Lent is a season of the Christian Year when we openly admit our human frailty and sinfulness. Some of our congregations who rarely practice confession take time […]

2.20.2017 Written By: Stephanie Krehbiel and Jennifer (Jay) Yoder, Into Account 979 Times read

Advice for congregations and institutions responding to reports of abuse

This advice is drawn from a Feb. 14 phone interview with Hannah Heinzekehr. Dr. Stephanie Krehbiel and Jennifer (Jay) Yoder formed the nonprofit organization Into Account in Fall 2015. Pooling their collective expertise, Krehbiel and Yoder offer free services to survivors of abuse looking for accountability in Christian contexts as well as paid services for […]

2.15.2017 Written By: Naomi Yoder 585 Times read

Stop talking about “Ethnic Mennonites”

Naomi Yoder, Infinity Mennonite Church, New York, is collaborating with her father to write about his life and hers. Several years ago I began thinking about my experience as an atypical “Ethnic Mennonite.” I’m uncomfortable with that label. It’s not like “New Yorker” or “used-to-be-brunette-now-streaked-with-grey,” which describe me in concrete ways. But “Ethnic Mennonite”? That’s […]

1.31.2017 Written By: Safwat Marzouk 126 Times read

Love the stranger as yourself

Safwat Marzouk is associate professor of Old Testament at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana. He is on sabbatical this semester, focusing on reading the story of Joseph (Genesis 37–50) through the eyes of forced migrants. This piece originally ran on the Practicing Reconciliation blog.  You and I might be citizens or legal residents of the United States, […]

1.30.2017 Written By: John Paul Lederach 2,163 Times read

Practicing compassion in churchwide disagreements

This piece grew out of a request for counsel from Mountain States Mennonite Conference as they considered the request to ordain a pastor in a same-sex relationship. On Dec. 11, Theda Good was ordained at First Mennonite Church in Denver. John Paul Lederach is professor of international peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana) […]

1.17.2017 Written By: Hanna Heishman 1,572 read

Why I march, why we march

Hanna Heishman is an alumna of Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she studied Peacebuilding and Development. Currently, she is serving and working in Government Relations and Advocacy for Habitat for Humanity International through Mennonite Voluntary Service.  The night of the election, I attended a party. It was a loud, extravagant gala and I was […]