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Iglesia Menonita Hispana congregations discern future with MCUSA
Members of Iglesia Menonita Hispana gathered Nov. 20-21 in New Holland, Pa., to discuss the future of their organization.
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French youth celebrate diversity
Two French youth groups traveled to the United States and Burkina Faso to learn more about their Mennonite faith.
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Living with ALS
Gordon Dyck reflects on a life-changing diagnosis.
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Worship brings students together at EMU

Written By: Pamela Hoffeditz  
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Photo: Elmwood pastoral assistant Nathanael Ressler makes a point during discussion. To his left is ministry assistant Heyrin (Lynn) Cha. (Photo by Cara Neikirk) Making s’mores over a campfire, going out for milkshakes, praying for each other, reading scripture, or conversing about the complexities of life: students in Eastern Mennonite University’s residence halls are often ministering in […]



Support The Mennonite, Inc. on #GivingTuesday

11.24.2015 Posted By: Hannah Heinzekehr 106 Times read

First of all, you may be wondering, What is #GivingTuesday? Begun in 2012 by the United Nations Foundation, #GivingTuesday follows on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  #GivingTuesday represents an alternative to these days. It was founded as a “response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season.” It’s a day set aside […]


Dangerous love

11.21.2015 Posted By: Matthew Yoder 818 Times read

There’s been a lot going on in the news since last Friday. And there have been a lot of posts on Facebook about the terrorist attacks in Paris, France. Some members of my congregation [Menno (Ritzville, Washington) Mennonite Church] are fearful for themselves, their families and the well-being of our community. They are fearful of […]


Letter to Mennonite Church USA on the Paris attacks

11.20.2015 Posted By: wearemenno 370 Times read

Ervin Stutzman is the executive director of Mennonite Church USA. This post first appeared on the Mennonite Church USA website.  Dear brothers and sisters, Once again we find ourselves in the wretched position of mourning the loss of innocent life in the wake of political violence. The terrorist attacks in Paris shocked us all with […]


Happy Holidays, Baby Jesus!

11.20.2015 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg 467 Times read

We Christians live a strange contradiction and I think social media simply exasperates the frenzy. Christians boldly proclaim that our nation needs to fall back to Jesus. People right and left are gathering their guts to let everyone know they believe in Christ. Boycotts are being called on all of the businesses that belittle the […]


A lifetime of perpetual war: What can we do?

11.18.2015 Posted By: Hannah Heinzekehr 520 Times read
Caption for media: Syrian refugee Adra and her children received MCC-supported food vouchers and other humanitarian relief to supplement the occasional work her husband could find in Lebanon. (The family is not named for their protection.) (MCC Photo/Silas Crews)


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	Syrian Palestinian refugee Adra in the family's tent in the Sikkeh Palestinian Gathering. MCC partner Popular Aid for Relief and Development (PARD) works with Syrian Palestinian refugees like Adra to find stable housing arrangements. While Adra waits for an apartment, PARD has helped her with food vouchers and other material aid.
	Working through PARD, MCC used funds from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development to renovate rooms for 10 families Syrian Palestinian refugee families, providing the springboard for other international nongovernmental organizations to prepare rooms for 50 more families in the Sikkeh Gathering in Lebanon.

Hannah Heinzekehr is the executive director of The Mennonite, Inc.  Photo: Syrian refugee Adra and her children received MCC-supported food vouchers and other humanitarian relief to supplement the occasional work her husband could find in Lebanon. (The family is not named for their protection.) (MCC Photo/Silas Crews) I was 16 years old on Sept. 11, 2001. […]


Points of convergence

11.17.2015 Posted By: wearemenno 390 Times read

Jim Amstutz is executive director of the Lancaster County Council of Churches, a network of over 130 houses of worship in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Previously he served as pastor of Akron (Pennsylvania) Mennonite Church for 14 years. Jim studied at Fuller Theological Seminary and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. This post appeared first on Mennonite Church USA. Ten years […]


Science, faith, listening and challenge: Philadelphia FIGHT

11.17.2015 Posted By: wearemenno 142 Times read

Calenthia S. Dowdy, Ph.D. is a Mennonite affiliate in Philadelphia. She’s on the faculty at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., and serves as Director of Faith Initiatives at Philadelphia FIGHT, a community health center that specializes in HIV/AIDS but serves all people regardless of their status. Calenthia was born and raised in Philadelphia and is […]



11.17.2015 Posted By: wearemenno 144 Times read

Ann Jacobs is a Church Relations associate with Mennonite Mission Network and one of three leaders of Work in Progress choir. In her role, she furthers relationships with African American Mennonite congregations. She helps congregations become more informed of resources, services, and agency partnerships in support of the congregation’s vision for mission. This is the […]


Seven questions with…Seth Crissman

11.12.2015 Posted By: The Mennonite 1186 Times read
Seth, Theresa and Eliana Crissman. Photo by The Pinwheel Collective LLC.

Photo: Seth, Theresa and Eliana Crissman. Photo by The Pinwheel Collective LLC.  In an effort to highlight the many Anabaptists engaged in important work and ministry across the country and around the world, we’re starting a new series. Each Thursday, we’ll publish a seven question interview with a different Mennonite talking about their life, work, spiritual […]


Preventing abuse at church: An interview with a Mennonite pastor

11.8.2015 Posted By: The Mennonite 429 Times read
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This post comes from Dove’s Nest, an organization focused on helping faith communities keep children safe from abuse.  1. Please describe the situation at your Mennonite church. In the spring, Daniel*, who was a new attendee to the church, had an interaction with a couple of our elementary school-age girls that raised yellow flags. He approached […]


Preparing Pasteles

11.8.2015 Posted By: The Mennonite 146 Times read

Amy Eanes is a teacher from Harrisonburg, Va. With her husband, Giles, she is currently serving as part of Mennonite Central Committee’s Seed Program with the Mennonite Brethren Church of Chocó, a department on the Pacific coast of Colombia. She is a 2010 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg and a member of Community […]


Anna Jansz of Rotterdam

11.8.2015 Posted By: The Mennonite 473 Times read
Anna of Rotterdam. Engraving from The Martyr's Mirror by Thieleman J. van Braght.

Joel Miller is the lead pastor at Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church. This is the text of a sermon from November 1, 2015.  Since we observed All Saints/All Souls Day last year and are doing it again this year, I guess that makes it a tradition. It’s one that’s new to me, but one I hope […]


We are the Borg

11.7.2015 Posted By: Glen Guyton 536 Times read

The world is changing and I am not always sure it is for the better. At times it seems that we are becoming a world where difference, or a least differing opinions, are not valued. The collective mind is prized above that of the individual. It is like we are living in a bad episode […]


November recipe: Blackstrap molasses and fresh ginger cake

11.5.2015 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 351 Times read

The Hungry Hounds is the food blog of Paul and Rebecca Shetler Fast. Currently based in Pittsburgh, Pa., Paul and Rebecca will be moving to Haiti with Mennonite Central Committee this fall as country representatives, and look forward to incorporating the diverse flavors of Caribbean cuisine in their blog. Blackstrap molasses and fresh ginger cake […]


Seven questions with…Galen Lehman

11.4.2015 Posted By: The Mennonite 992 Times read
Galen with customers (large format)

In an effort to highlight the many Anabaptists engaged in important work and ministry across the country and around the world, we’re starting a new series. Each Thursday, we’ll publish a seven question interview with a different Mennonite talking about their life, work, spiritual disciplines and influences. You can view past interviews here.  Name: Galen Lehman […]


Who dropped the bomb?

11.3.2015 Posted By: The Mennonite 256 Times read

SeongHan Kim is working on a PhD in Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. His research interests lie at the intersection of missiology and peace studies. This story first ran in the PeaceSigns newsletter.  I am here in the United States as an international student. As an Asian student who has darker […]


We are Open Door and #WeAreMenno

11.3.2015 Posted By: wearemenno 505 Times read

Horace McMillon serves as the tent-making pastor of Open Door Mennonite Church of Jackson, Mississippi. He and Monique, his bride of 19 years, have two teenage children. Prior to their move to Jackson, Horace served as Associate Pastor of the Community Mennonite Church in Markham, Illinois. He is the author of “No Mo’Broke: Seven Keys to […]


Remembering Hal Shrader

11.2.2015 Posted By: The Mennonite 1237 Times read

By Eric Vincent. This piece originally ran in the Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference E-update.  Hal Shrader served as lead pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Ariz. He was killed in a motorcycle accident on Oct. 19.  Impact.  A life can’t adequately be captured in a word. But Friday’s [Oct. 30] memorial service for Hal […]



11.26.2015 Written By: Hannah Heinzekehr 331 Times read

An Advent playlist

Truth be told, Advent—the liturgical season of waiting prior to Christmas—is one of my favorite times of the church year. I love that the season encourages us to sit with questions and doubt and to be comfortable with waiting. And I love that it overlaps with the winter solstice: the spirit of advent seems to mirror […]

11.24.2015 Written By: Gordon Houser 180 Times read

Caveat: The stores are out to get your money

This post originally ran on Gordon Houser’s blog, Present Tense Spirituality.  In the December issue of The Atlantic, Eleanor Smith draws on a variety of studies to show some of the scientific tricks stores use to get you go buy their products. You can skip the Black Friday lines altogether and make a #GivingTuesday donation to The […]

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11.20.2015 Written By: Patrick Ressler 763 Times read

My top 10 songs: Patrick Ressler

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 Patrick Ressler. Patrick is a queer, genderqueer composer and performer currently living in Philadelphia and working at the Arden Theatre Company. Patrick claims spiritual homes at Community Mennonite […]

11.19.2015 Written By: Rich Preheim, for Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary 136 Times read

AMBS forerunner began 70 years ago in Chicago

Photo: Mennonite Biblical Seminary staff and faculty 1955-56. Back: C.J. Dyck, J.J. Enz, Marvin Dirks, Andrew Shelly. Front: Donovan Smucker, Magdalen Friesen, S.F. Pannabecker, Katie Andres, John T. Neufeld. Photo provided.  In the spring of 1942, as World War II was intensifying, some American Mennonites were mobilizing to confront a growing challenge on the home front: […]

11.16.2015 Written By: Barry Bartel 106 Times read

Ensuring effective transitions

Barry Bartel is an attorney in Denver, Colorado, a member of Glennon Heights Mennonite Church in Lakewood, and a member of the conference’s Dialogue Resource Team.  This article first appeared in the November issue of the conference newsletter. Mountain States Mennonite Conference congregations recently welcomed two transitional pastors and an interim pastor, as well as […]

11.13.2015 Written By: Sara Wenger Shenk 161 Times read

Anabaptist schools, Scripture and spiritual awakening

In late September, many of us were enthralled by a rare celestial display: a super moon in total eclipse, also known as a blood moon because of its reddish glow—clearly a reference to the apocalyptic vision from Revelation 6. I talked about the blood moon on the phone with my 93 year old mother who […]


11.25.2015 Written By: Nancy Kauffmann 152 Times read

Searching for signs

Nancy Kauffmann is a denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. This post first appeared on Mennonite Church USA’s Menno Snapshots blog.  “Significant events create markers—or signs—in our lives. “How we react will leave signs for others to read,” were the opening words to a video created shown at the Atlantic Coast Conference annual assembly that I […]

11.20.2015 Written By: Zenebe Abebe 731 Times read

Hope for the Future requires changing our direction

Zenebe Abebe is a member of Shalom Mennonite Church in Indianapolis.  I joined a group of people from Mennonite Church USA institutional leaders to attend the Hope for the Future meeting in Fort Myers, Fla., in January. I have read reflections and reports through the years and attended group discussions held after these meetings. I […]

11.16.2015 Written By: Dominique Chew 595 Times read

We’ve become too intimate with brutality

Dominique Chew is a member of Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston, Kan. and a recent Goshen (Ind.) College graduate.  Lift ev’ry voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring, ring with the harmonies of liberty. Let our rejoicing rise high as the list’ning skies, let it resound loud as the rolling sea. We’re too intimate […]

11.16.2015 Written By: Ron Adams 202 Times read

We are human and in need of grace

Ron Adams is pastor of Madison (Wis.) Mennonite Church. This article originally ran in the November issue of The Mennonite magazine. You can view the full issue online.  I take some comfort in reading Paul’s letters to Christian communities spread throughout the Roman Empire. It’s pretty obvious that those early communities weren’t so different from our own. Like us, they argued […]

10.27.2015 Written By: John Stoner 308 Times read

Planning a “Faithful Witness Amid Endless War”

The first resolution passed by delegates at the Kansas City convention identified the name of Jesus in Revelation 1:5, “Faithful Witness,” (to God’s truth), and declared that our church is called to a new affirmation that we trust in God and the way of Jesus, not weapons, for our security. This affirmation, or teaching position, […]

10.26.2015 Written By: Eliana Neufeld Basinger 3245 Times read

We’re having the wrong conversation

Eliana Neufeld Basinger is a sophomore social work major at Goshen (Ind.) College. While at school, she attends Eighth Street Mennonite Church and Open Table Mennonite Fellowship in Goshen. Eliana has enjoyed getting involved in the wider church by being a delegate at this year’s convention for her home congregation, Lima (Ohio) Mennonite Church and […]