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Allegheny Conference affirms licensing of pastor in same-sex relationship

Written By: Hannah Heinzekehr  
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Allegheny Mennonite Conference has approved a request from Hyattsville (Maryland) Mennonite Church to move forward with licensing toward ordination for Michelle Burkholder. Burkholder has been serving as associate pastor at Hyattsville since 2013. She is a member of the LGBTQ community and married to her partner. The request for licensing came through Hyattsville’s congregational discernment […]




Friday Roundup: Six things worth paying attention to this week

2.17.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 75 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.  We are submitting our Friday Roundup from Nanjing, China where we are guests at the theological seminary where our daughter Kate serves on the […]


Seven questions with…Jim Caskey

2.13.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 371 Times read

Name: Jim Caskey Congregation: College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana Occupation: Vice President for Advancement at Goshen College and member of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board 1. Do you remember having a favorite Bible story as a kid and why did you like that particular story? I would have to say it was either the […]


February recipe: Pork Vindaloo

2.13.2017 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 166 Times read

A few years ago we traveled to India. India is the place where Paul’s brother and sister-in-law met, and where Paul’s brother lived and worked for a number of years. It is a vibrant country with a huge diversity of cuisine. We learned early on in our travels, how hard it is to recreate dishes […]


One small step for Mennonite Church USA

2.8.2017 Posted By: Glen Guyton 993 Times read

Glen Guyton is chief operating officer and director of Convention Planning for Mennonite Church USA. This post originally appeared on the Menno Snapshots blog of Mennonite Church USA.  After ringing in 2017 with my 88 year old mother and 93 year old aunt I seriously began thinking about family times, history and my future. My time with […]


When news breaks: A dramatic reading for congregations

2.8.2017 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg 343 Times read

Jessica Schrock Ringenberg is pastor at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, Ohio. This skit was first performed at Zion Mennonite Church on Feb. 5.  Cast: Producer Edward R. Murrough Reporter 1 Reporter 2 Audience 1 Audience 2 Scene: One stool up front, stage center. Preferably a microphone on a stand. Ed sits on the stool. Producer […]


Welcome all immigrants

2.8.2017 Posted By: Elwood Yoder 697 Times read

Elwood Yoder 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 Editor of Today, a publication of Eastern Mennonite School. Nine generations ago my […]


Christians gather to protest 40 years of capital punishment

2.7.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 133 Times read

Elisabeth Wilder lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and is studying at Eastern Mennonite University. She is spending this semester in Washington, D.C. Photo: Protestors holding a “Stop Executions” sign stand on the steps of the Supreme Court on Jan. 17 to protest the death penalty. Photo by Elisabeth Wilder.  At 10 a.m. on Jan. 17, the […]


Seven questions with…Nisha Subaiya Springer

2.6.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 192 Times read

Name: Nisha Subaiya Springer Home congregation: Peace Mennonite Church, Dallas, Texas Occupation: Administrative Assistant at Plano East High School and Mennonite Church USA Executive Board member 1. What is your earliest memory of church? My earliest memory of church is a woman named Mrs. Samuel. My family moved to a small town in the south […]


A visit with Senator Toomey

2.3.2017 Posted By: Ben Wideman 1,685 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.  On Monday, January 30th, I joined a delegation of State College and Penn State community members for a quick trip to visit Senator Pat Toomey’s regional office in Johnstown, PA. We […]



2.16.2017 Written By: Melia Watkins 32 Times read

Leading into the common good: Why community matters

Melia Watkins was a student at Goshen (Indiana) College when she gave this speech at the 2016 conference, Leading into the common good: An Anabaptist Perspective. She graduated in 2016. We will be publishing additional speeches from college students reflecting on Anabaptist identity and leadership later this month. A few days ago, I went on my Facebook […]

2.16.2017 Written By: Joshua Kinder 345 Times read

Reflecting on a namesake

I moved to Elkhart, Indiana, a little over six years ago to study at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. When I graduated, I decided to stay here because of the vibrant community I had found. I live now as a member of a housing cooperative known as Prairie Wolf (after our two streets, Prairie Street and […]

2.15.2017 Written By: Jordan Waidelich, The Mennonite 449 Times read

Healed to be a healer

Photo: Stahl Mennonite Church member, Rachel Allen, holds a sign stating, You are Loved. Photo provided.  Since she started attending Stahl Mennonite Church in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, about a year ago, Rachel Allen has found a place where she feels welcomed and accepted, a feeling she aims to provide for the people she works with. Allen […]

2.14.2017 Written By: Joel Miller 458 Times read

Trouble the Waters: One congregation’s year-long focus on racial justice

Joel Miller is Pastor of Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church. For more reflections on Mennonites, race and faith, check out the February issue of The Mennonite magazine.  In the fall of 2015, a group of leaders in our congregation sat down to discuss a question: What do we need to be talking about and might this serve […]

2.9.2017 Written By: Katey Ebaugh 159 Times read

Leading into the common good: The future of MC USA

Katey Ebaugh was a student at Bluffton (Ohio) University when she gave this speech at the 2016 conference, Leading into the common good: An Anabaptist Perspective. We will be publishing additional speeches from college students reflecting on Anabaptist identity and leadership later this month. I have hope in the church! I have been so encouraged by this […]

2.9.2017 Written By: Greencroft Communities 180 Times read

The young volunteer

Photo: Volunteer Sophia Kauffman reads to Walnut Hills Retirement Community resident, Francis House. Photo provided.  For the past three years, Sophia Kauffman, the 11-year-old daughter of Walnut Hills Retirement Community’s executive, Jeremy Kauffman, has spent several days each week during her summer vacations volunteering with residents. Walnut Hills Retirement Community is in Walnut Creek, Ohio. […]


2.20.2017 Written By: Stephanie Krehbiel and Jennifer (Jay) Yoder, Into Account 2 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 379 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 91 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 1,558 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 1,493 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 […]

1.16.2017 Written By: Cyneatha Millsaps 652 Times read

Make America great—again?

Cyneatha Millsaps is pastor of Community Mennonite Church in Markham, Ill. This piece ran in the January issue of The Mennonite magazine. Subscribe today for more full-length features and columns each month.  I am sure for many of you, this last political election season in the United States took a toll on your hearts and minds. It […]