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Photo: Co-authors Margot Starbuck and Dave King compare notes on kids and sports at a book signing for Overplayed: A Parent’s Guide to Sanity in the World of Youth Sports earlier this year. Starbuck and King will appear on two episodes of the Focus on the Family radio show.  MennoMedia authors Dave King and Margot Starbuck will debunk myths […]



Community creates a sense of belonging

8.31.2016 Posted By: Ben Wideman 1 read

Ben Wideman is campus pastor for 3rd Way Collective at Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania.  As a campus minister for 3rd Way Collective, I find myself in a lot of interesting spaces. Our organizational identity is rooted in faith-based peace and social justice, and striving for this means that our work ends up centering on […]


Seven questions with…Rose Bender

8.30.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 558 Times read

Rose Bender Location: Whitehall, Pennsylvania Congregation: Whitehall Mennonite Church Occupation: Part-time pastor, adjunct professor and researcher 1. What is your earliest or most interesting memory of church? I have a couple memories. I grew up at Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church in Kalona, Iowa. We had two pastors and both would have been called by […]


Five reasons I get up in the morning: Lauren Eash Hershberger

8.30.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 65 Times read

Lauren Eash Hershberger works at Mennonite Mission Network as a production manager. When given the time to be her best self, she is a creator. Furnishing her home with DIY projects, singing/writing songs in the silo on her family’s farm (there’s great acoustics in there!), helping her kids make a mess, and dreaming about future […]


Supporting College Students 101

8.29.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 513 Times read

Elisabeth Wilder lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and is studying at Eastern Mennonite University. You can usually find her with a cup of coffee in her hand and her trusty planner by her side as she goes between classes, meetings, and other campus activities. When she’s not writing papers or studying for an exam, Elisabeth enjoys […]


True greatness

8.23.2016 Posted By: Byron Pellecer 55 Times read
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Byron Pellecer is Associate Conference Minister (Texas-Based) for Western District Conference.  While visiting and worshiping at a local Mennonite church in the Houston area, I was deeply moved by a young boy’s attitude and service. I’ll call him Carlitos. At first glance, while Carlitos was clearing the tables and disposing any waste inside of big […]


If love is a verb

8.22.2016 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg 730 Times read

Jessica Schrock Ringenberg is pastor at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, Ohio. It’s really hard to show love when your arms are tied behind your back. I had never really thought about it before, until I watched my “baby” brother from a distance, arms cuffed behind his back, being escorted out of the courtroom after […]


Aguapanela: Youth and children drink in curriculum’s “faith vitamins”

8.22.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 15 Times read

Photo: The creation team officially presents the curriculum. From left: Rut Atarama, Fabiola Arango, Diana Suárez, Rosa Triana and Amanda Valencia. Photo courtesy of Rut Atarama.  Rut Atarama is a member of the Iglesia Cristiana Hermanos Menonitas, Miraflores. Piura, Perú (Mennonite Brethren church in Peru). This post was originally published by Mennonite World Conference.  “There is […]


Seven questions with…Ted Swartz

8.22.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 933 Times read

 Ted Swartz is an actor and writer who has been performing in Mennonite (and other) circles for the past 20 years. He is the current owner of Ted & Co. TheaterWorks. Prior to 2007, he was part of a traveling theater duo, Ted & Lee, with Lee Eshleman. In 2007, Eshleman committed suicide after a […]


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

8.19.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 430 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. Two letters. Amazing […]


Fabiola Flores: Five reasons I get out of bed in the morning

8.18.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 370 Times read

Fabiola Flores lives and works in Newton, Kansas. She is the assistant for Latin America at Mennonite Mission Network. This post was developed my Mennonite Mission Network staff.  Mind you, this list is not in any particular significant order. These are simply five reasons I get out of bed in the morning, put on paper […]


Breathing at high altitudes

8.17.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 86 Times read

Jane Bishop Halteman is from Kern Road Mennonite Church in South Bend, Indiana, where she contributes to a weekly blog, Glimpses of Healing and Hope. She is a spiritual director, writer, photographer,active grandmother and member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. This post originally appeared on the Menno Snapshots blog of Mennonite Church USA.  I’ve […]


Thank a teacher today

8.15.2016 Posted By: Elwood Yoder 113 Times read

Elwood Yoder recently joined The Mennonite online’s blogging team. He teaches history in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He 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 […]


Members of the circle

8.15.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 90 Times read

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Interchurch Relations for Mennonite Church USA. This post originally ran on Mennonite Church USA’s Menno Snapshots blog.  Several weeks ago I had the privilege of spending three days in retreat with ecumenical officers from 13 other Christian churches. I’ve been meeting with this group for the past four years. […]


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

8.12.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 78 Times read

Angie Santoso is 22 years old and currently living in Los Angeles, California. She has a Bachelors degree in Business Marketing, and is now attending UCLA Extension for Interior Design. On the weekends, she loves biking down the Santa Monica boardwalk with her puppy pom, Charli. She attends Maranatha Christian Fellowship in Northridge, California.  1. […]


Vulnerability in mission

8.10.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 62 Times read

Steve Wiebe-Johnson is a story teller, small-scale coffee roaster, and loves to create community around food. Steve is the Africa director for Mennonite Mission Network. This post originally ran on Mennonite Mission Network’s Beyond blog.  One day in 2004, on my way into the office, I was listening to public radio, and Garrison Keillor, storyteller par excellence, shared the […]


Weekly round-up: Jennie Wintermote

8.9.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 115 Times read

This week’s post comes from Jennie Wintermote. Jennie is a native Kansan, an interim pastor, grad student, and 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 I’ve been thinking […]


August recipe: Tomato and Almond Pesto

8.9.2016 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 120 Times read
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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: Tomato and Almond Pesto, pesto alla Trapanese, is from the Trapani province in Northwest Sicily, Italy. Almonds are native to Sicily, and so in this […]


On singleness and the church

8.3.2016 Posted By: Erica Littlewolf 517 Times read
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Erica Littlewolf is from the Northern Cheyenne tribe of southeastern Montana and currently lives in Kansas. She works for Mennonite Central Committee Central States with the Indigenous Visioning Circle where she is committed to the work of decolonization, authentic relationship and healing. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and American Indian Studies […]



8.30.2016 Written By: Lauren Francisco 56 Times read

My top 10 songs: Lauren Francisco

Lauren Francisco is serving a year in South Africa with Mennonite Mission Network. She blogs for The Mennonite.  At least once a month, we post a new playlist featuring someone’s top 10 most important songs and their rationale for selecting said songs. Read about Lauren’s picks and be sure to scroll down to listen to […]

8.26.2016 Written By: Nekeisha Alayna Alexis 395 Times read

Table talk: The violence of grace and gratitude

Nekeisha Alayna Alexis is an independent scholar with wide-ranging interests related to human and other animal liberation. She orients her life toward undoing oppression through her vegan practice, teaching and writing and involvement in her community. She is a graduate of and on staff at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and a member of St. James AME Church in Elkhart, Ind. She extends gratitude to Alan Kreider […]

8.24.2016 Written By: Brian Bither, Michelle Burkholder and Horace McMillon 243 Times read

Confession of Faith Roundtable: Creation and Divine Providence

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. In its introduction, the writers identify six ways that confessions of faith serve the church, including: providing guidelines for interpretation of Scripture; providing guidance for belief and practice; build a foundation for unity […]

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8.18.2016 Written By: Jill Stemple 97 Times read

Learning to be known and loved: The movement from hiding mental illness to sharing it with the church

This feature article ran in the July issue of The Mennonite magazine, focusing on mental illness and the church. You can view the full issue online here. To subscribe to The Mennonite and receive feature articles like this every month, visit our online subscription page.  Jill Stemple is a member of Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. She lives in Harrisburg, […]

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8.16.2016 Written By: Pat Jeanne Davis 31 Times read

Running to feel God’s pleasure

Pat Davis writes from her home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You can read more of her writing online at  The writer of Hebrews likens the Christian life to a long distance race (Hebrews 12:1-3, NKJV). He exhorts believers to “run with endurance the race that is set before us.” To run this marathon successfully, we must […]

8.15.2016 Written By: Joetta Handrich Schlabach 142 Times read

Mercy in the borderlands

Joetta Handrich Schlabach is Co-pastor for Worship, Pastoral Care and Administration at Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She lives on the “bi-ecclesial bridge” with her Mennonite-Catholic husband, Gerald Schlabach. They recently celebrated 35 years of marriage and agree that “One of us is usually right.” This sermon was presented at the Footwashing Liturgy and Agape […]


8.31.2016 Written By: Michelle Armster 1 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 1 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, […]

8.25.2016 Written By: Joanna Harader 1570 Times read

Our loss

Joanna Harader is Pastor of Peace Mennonite Church, Lawrence, Kansas.  My friend Sarah is a phenomenal writer and preacher. She considered going to Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.* They told her they would not be able to grant her an MDiv if she was “in a relationship” with another woman.* Since she didn’t […]

8.24.2016 Written By: Ignacio Silva 455 Times read

Wealth and Christianity: One business teacher’s perspective

Ignacio Silva is a Business Teacher at Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Mennonite High School.  My mission as a business teacher at Lancaster Mennonite High School is to provide students with financial tools and knowledge so that they will be able to support themselves and support others – a family – and give back to the greater good. That, […]

8.12.2016 Written By: Sara Wenger Shenk 2931 Times read

Beauty in borderlands: My family and Malcolm Gladwell

Sara Wenger Shenk is president of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, and the daughter of Chester Wenger, the Mennonite pastor and missionary who was featured on Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast, Revisionist History, this week.  Photo: Sara Jane and Chester Wenger with three of their eight children, during an intergenerational Wenger family and friends trip […]

8.11.2016 Written By: Mike Clemmer, for Franconia Mennonite Conference Intersectings 232 Times read

Holy longing for communion

Mike Clemmer is Lead Pastor at Towamencin Mennonite Church, and a LEADership Minister for Franconia Conference. This piece orginally ran in Franconia Mennonite Conference’s newsletter, Intersectings.  Recently, I had an intriguing conversation about communion with a friend who worships at a local Catholic parish. He described his weekly experience of partaking the Holy Eucharist as being […]