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Making a future with seeds and garbage

Written By: MCC Staff  

Photo: A discarded water bag can be turned into wallets, purses or simple carry bags with some ingenuity shared by Margaret Ahmed, director of Home Makers, an MCC partner in Nigeria. Home Makers pays some women who are displaced from northern Nigeria to collect the bags and young people struggling with drugs to wash, fold and […]




New hymnals and the politics of Mennonite music

9.23.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 135 Times read
Jason Kauffman. Photo provided.

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA. This post originally appeared on Mennonite Church USA’s Menno Snapshots blog.  “P.S. Change is not always a sign of growth but could also be a sign of shriveling, death, and decay.” This is how one chorister from Ohio ended his six-page letter […]


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

9.23.2016 Posted By: Gordon Houser 113 Times read

Gordon Houser is editor of The Mennonite magazine.  1. Elena Ferrante: Ferrante is an author who has risen in prominence in the past few years in literary circles. She is an Italian novelist and author of a tetralogy, The Neapolitan Novels. The author, however, is largely unknown. Elena Ferrante is likely not her name, though it […]


The cross: Hope and challenge

9.21.2016 Posted By: Byron Pellecer 40 Times read

Byron Pellecer is associate conference minister for Western District Conference.  It is in the midst of the turbulent times that we live in, filled with violence, darkness and sentiments of racism and racial profiling, just to name a few, that I found the cross to be not just a symbol of Christian faith. Rather I […]


Walking the Camino

9.21.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 66 Times read
Shue Terry

Terry Shue is director of Leadership Development for Mennonite Church USA. This post originally ran on Mennonite Church USA’s Menno Snapshots blog.  This summer I was given the gift of a six-week sabbatical through Mennonite Church USA. The older we get (I turned 59 this summer), the more we realize how precious the gift of […]


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

9.16.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 241 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. All Under […]


Piecing together God’s plan

9.14.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 353 Times read

Katie Gillmore is a Kansas native currently serving with Mennonite Voluntary Service’s unit near Aibonito, Puerto Rico. She works for Academia Menonita Betania, a bilingual school founded in 1947 by two Mennonite missionary teachers. Katie spends her time at Academia Menonita Betania helping communicate the school’s unique value and aspirations. She enjoys glimpsing God’s goodness […]


Examining the management of our precious gifts

9.14.2016 Posted By: Glen Guyton 93 Times read
Glen Guyton

Glen Guyton is Chief Operating Office for Mennonite Church USA. This post originally ran on the Menno Snapshots blog.  The church has been a poor steward of the resources we have been given. The bulk of our time is devoted to worship services and insider “fellowship” events that only seek to indoctrinate the individual to […]


Why is it so hard to work together?

9.13.2016 Posted By: Ben Wideman 123 Times read

Ben Wideman is the Campus Pastor for 3rd Way Collective, a ministry of University Mennonite Church at Penn State. He blogs regularly for The Mennonite online.  Why is it so hard to work together? During my candidating process with University Mennonite Church, I was shown a venn diagram that had three circles. The three were labeled with […]


Seven questions with…Caitlin Tice

9.12.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 783 Times read

Name: Caitlin Tice Occupation: Director of administrative and volunteer services at New Creation Virginia Congregation: Eastside Church Location: Harrisonburg, Virginia 1. What are the things that have kept you connected to the church? I would definitely say the people. There have been a few people throughout my life that have encouraged and challenged and uplifted me. […]


Learning to listen

9.7.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 84 Times read

Sarah Jacoby is currently a Master of Divinity student at Duke Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina, where she recently finished a summer chaplaincy program at Duke Hospital. Originally from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, she hails most recently from western New York, where her experience attending Sojourners Mennonite Fellowship in Belfast, New York brought her into the Mennonite […]


Rose Mtoka: Five reasons I get up in the morning

9.7.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 57 Times read
Rose Mtoka, Mennonite Mission Network

Rose Mtoka works with Mennonite Mission Network in the Human Resources department. Mtoka is originally from Musoma, Tanzania. This post originally appeared on Mennonite Mission Network’s Beyond blog.  1. My adoration of an early, glorious morning sunrise. My words cannot capture a full picture of the effect of “good morning sunshine” on me. The stealth, exquisiteness […]


Our missional story: Ben Risser and Ridgeway Mennonite Church

9.7.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 1059 Times read

Photo: The attendees at a Wednesday Kids Club event at Ridgeway Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. On this day, members of the Eastern Mennonite High School varsity soccer team volunteered at the church instead of their usual practice. Photo by Andrew Gascho.  This is my second career and Ridgeway is my first pastorate. I’ve been here […]


Ken Gingerich reflects on 40 years with MC USA

9.6.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 105 Times read

Longtime Executive Board staff member Ken Gingerich of Albuquerque, New Mexico, retired at the end of June from his role as creative director for Mennonite Church USA. This post originally appeared on Mennonite Church USA’s Menno Snapshots blog.  Which roles and responsibilities have you held over the years? My first job out of college was to […]


A peacemaking God?

9.6.2016 Posted By: Drew Hart 755 Times read
Drew Hart photo

Drew G.I. Hart is Professor of Theology at Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Drew is the author of  Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism. He blogs for The Mennonite.  While humanity frequently experiences God’s goodness, including good creation, we also experience waves of devastating violence and brutal oppression. And when we consider the complicated […]


September recipe: French Vegetable Soup, Ratatouille

9.6.2016 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 217 Times read
French Vegetable Soup

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: This French vegetable soup, Ratatouille, is as rustic and delicious as it is healthy and easy to make. Ratatouille is a traditional country stew, which […]


Friday round-up: Five things worth paying attention to

9.2.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 2027 Times read

Jennie is a native Kansan who works four part-time jobs, including serving as 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 Prairie Rose Ramblings. 1. Books by Julie […]


Aprendiendo Juntos (Learning Together)

9.1.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 99 Times read

Lizette Hernandez is the Mennonite Hispanic Initiatives Intern for Virginia Mennonite Missions.  Every Monday night, a group of over 20 students gather together to engage in a biblical-theological class in one of the classrooms at Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS) in Harrisonburg, Virginia. This might sound like a regular seminary class at EMS, except that the class […]



J. Denny Weaver is professor emeritus of religion at Bluffton (Ohio) University. He attends Madison (Wis.) Mennonite Church
9.23.2016 Written By: J. Denny Weaver 534 Times read

Running for Anti-Christ: On presidential candidates and Revelation 13

J. Denny Weaver is a member of Madison (Wisconsin) Mennonite Church and an emeritus professor of religion at Bluffton (Ohio) University.  The clerk who rang up my wife’s purchase was visibly disturbed and apologized profusely when the sale registered $6.66 but was greatly relieved when she discovered an error that changed the final bill. Meanwhile, […]

A meeting of the Joint Worship and Hymnal Committee. This committee produced the 1969 Mennonite Hymnal, with Mary Oyer acting as Executive Secretary. Starting from bottom left, and moving clockwise around table: Ed Stoltzfus, Paul Erb, Mary Oyer, John Ruth, Chester Lehman, Marvin Dirks, and Walter Klaassen. ~1963-1967
9.23.2016 Written By: Lauren Jefferson, Eastern Mennonite University 113 Times read

Snack shop was a gathering place for hungry EMU students for generations

Photo: This photo, probably taken in the mid-1950s, shows the second snack shop serving Eastern Mennonite School students from a building located on Mount Clinton Pike. The first snack shop, owned by EMS business manager Henry D. Weaver and run by his family, opened just one building west. (EMU archives) “Would you like to hear about […]

At one point I asked, "What makes bullies bully?" After a pause, one girl raised her hand. "Bullies bully," she said, "because they've been bullied before, and they don’t want to be bullied again." Wow, I thought to myself.
9.22.2016 Written By: Ted Lewis 28 Times read

Philemon and forgiveness

Ted Lewis lives in Duluth, Minnesota, and is a restorative justice trainer, mediator, writer, and consultant. He also gives workshops to church groups on Bible Conflictology and Communication. For some people, forgiving another person for hurtful actions in the past can be one of the hardest things to do. With every good intention to reach […]

9.16.2016 Written By: Andrea Wetherald 502 Times read

Esther speaks

Andrea Wetherald is a writer, entrepreneur and improviser from Canton, Ohio who currently lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their dog, Farley. She earned her a degree from Bluffton (Ohio) University in 2010. She currently performs on two different improv house teams at The Arcade Comedy Theater, and has produced several sketch shows with […]

9.16.2016 Written By: Brad Roth 119 Times read

Butchering Beatitude

Brad Roth is pastor of West Zion Mennonite Church, Moundridge, Kansas. He blogs at The Doxology Project.  This article first appeared in the September issue of The Mennonite magazine. For more reflections on food and faith, as well as original recipes, check out the full issue.  We were a little late into the office due to […]

9.14.2016 Written By: Steve Carpenter 115 Times read

An apolitical sign for these political times

Steve Carpenter is MennoMedia’s director of development and church relations. The media has been subjecting us to unending political rhetoric for a long, long time and the presidential election is still a month away. When the Democratic and Republican primaries were just beginning more than a year ago, my congregation, Immanuel Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, […]


9.16.2016 Written By: Sara Wenger Shenk 3871 Times read

But I’ve seen him do so much good

Sara Wenger Shenk is president of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart.  Please note: This reflection references an incident of sexual abuse. “But I’ve seen him do so much good.” It was heartbreaking when I came across this line in an account about a woman who had been abused by a charismatic educational leader. After […]

9.14.2016 Written By: Harvey Yoder 471 Times read

How a handful of Mennonite voters may have altered world history

Harvey Yoder is an ordained pastor and member of Family of Hope, a small Virginia Mennonite Conference house church congregation. He blogs at Harvspot.  Stay tuned for more reflections on faith, politics and an election year in the November issue of  The Mennonite magazine.  The outcome of the 2000 presidential race was extremely close, and was […]

9.8.2016 Written By: Compiled by Anna Vogt, MCC Colombia worker 66 Times read

Colombian Anabaptist perspectives on the peace accords

Photo: Colombians march in memory of victims of armed conflict. Photo by Anna Vogt. Wednesday, August 24, was an historic day in Colombia: the national government and FARC guerrilla group announced that they had reached an agreement after nearly four year of negotiations, effectively ending the longest-running armed conflict in the Western hemisphere. While several key […]

9.7.2016 Written By: Jenifer Eriksen Morales 79 Times read

The Everyday Missionary

Jenifer Eriksen Morales is Minister of Transitional Ministries for Franconia Mennonite Conference. This piece first appeared in the September 1 edition of the Intersectings e-newsletter.  Photo: Jess McQuade with her husband, John, and children, Katie (15), Aiden (13) and Kieran (11). Photo provided.  Jess McQuade, an “everyday missionary,” is a member of Souderton (Pennsylvania) Mennonite Church, Vice […]

8.31.2016 Written By: Michelle Armster 544 Times read

Statement on Dakota Access Pipeline

Michelle Armster is the Executive Director of Mennonite Central Committee Central States.  A statement of support to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: “But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Amos 5:24 Mennonite Central Committee Central States stands with the people of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and with hundreds of […]

8.31.2016 Written By: Ryan Harker 300 Times read

Wealth and Christianity: One New Testament scholar’s perspective

Ryan Harker is a Ph.D. student in New Testament at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. His home congregation is Pulaski (Iowa) Mennonite Church. Ignacio Silva recently wrote an interesting piece for The Mennonite online titled, “Wealth and Christianity: One Business Teacher’s Perspective.” As someone from a poor background who has now become a pastor and a Bible-scholar-in-training, […]