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The Mennonite provides Anabaptist content and is a publication of Mennonite Church USA.

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A verdict for MC USA in Hopi Mission School case

Written By: Hannah Heinzekehr, The Mennonite  
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Photo: Students at Hopi Mission School, Kykotsmovi, Arizona, lined up for “red ribbon week.” Hopi Mission School photo.  On July 3, a Navajo County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of Mennonite Church USA in a legal dispute with the Hopi Mission School in Kykotsmovi, Arizona. The ruling came almost two years after the case was […]




Wait for the wind

7.19.2017 Posted By: Byron Pellecer 42 Times read

Byron Pellecer is Associate Conference Minister for Western District Conference. This piece originally ran in the WDC Sprouts newsletter.  Wait for the wind to blow and then allow this wind to take you. While living in Florida, I often went to Biscayne Bay for a walk, meditation or to enjoy the sea breeze. I remember […]


July recipe: Turkey Feta Burgers with Yogurt Curry Sauce

7.17.2017 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 55 Times read

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: www.haitimcc.org. In the hot month of July, famous for feasting and barbecues, we wanted to share one of our favorite burgers. These healthy Turkey Feta Burgers […]


What’s in a name?

7.14.2017 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg 942 Times read

Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg is an apostle serving at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, Ohio.  We sat in the church office, confused and in tears. It was a scenario I have experienced too many times before. My friend trying to figure out what it means to be a pastor. “I know I was called for a reason.” […]


Choosing Love

7.13.2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 56 Times read

Barbie Fischer finds her energy in helping people be restored to God, to themselves and their communities. She is often found goofing off with the two teens she mentors, facilitating restorative justice workshop with her organization Restorative Encounters  or hanging out with her church family at Ambler (Pennsylvania) Mennonite Church. Barbie is communication manager and administration coordinator […]


What comes next?

7.11.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 141 Times read

Marathana Prothro is assistant professor of communication at Bluffton (Ohio) Univeristy. This editorial ran in the special youth convention edition of The Mennonite magazine that she helped to edit in Orlando.  LET ME FILL YOU IN on a little secret. This exuberant rush, the on-top-of-the-world feeling you have right now, is not going to last. Trust […]


Special Edition: Youth Convention Magazine

7.8.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 575 Times read

For the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando, we created a special edition of The Mennonite magazine just for youth. If you didn’t get a copy of the actual magazine, you can peruse it below. This magazine was produced, created and printed onsite by the staff of The Mennonite, Inc., as well as four interns: Katie […]



6.28.2017 Written By: Isaac Villegas 1,268 read

An Anabaptist convention playlist: For Orlando and beyond

Isaac Villegas is Pastor of Chapel Hill (North Carolina) Mennonite Fellowship.  In episode 2 of the Let’s Talk About Church podcast, Isaac Villegas mentioned that he was creating a playlist for the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando. He’s shared that podcast with us here. Happy listening!  The playlist starts with songs for this week as you […]

6.26.2017 Written By: Emily Kauffman 404 Times read

Fraktur as spiritual practice

Photo: Sophie Lapp Jost presents on the ancient art form of fraktur, a German style of illustrated block letter type, at College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana. Photo by Rex Hooley.  A 25-year-old man with sandy hair bid $50 for a piece of fraktur, a German style of block letter type, made by Sophie Lapp Jost. […]

6.25.2017 Written By: Gordon Houser, with reporting from anotherlook.co 124 Times read

Casa de Paz serves a holding space for immigrants, families in Colorado

Photo: Sarah Jackson looks through photos of people who have stayed at Casa de Paz. Photo provided.  Some years ago, on a service trip to Swaziland, Africa, Sarah Jackson learned a lot from people there. They introduced her to two phrases that have helped her in her ministry. One is, “Flexibility is your friend; expectations are […]

6.22.2017 Written By: Joanna Shenk 1,013 read

Vincent Harding, rebels and MJ Sharp

Joanna Shenk is associate pastor at First Mennonite Church of San Francisco. This article ran in the July issue of The Mennonite magazine, focused on Mennonite understandings of peacebuilding around the world in the 21st century. Read more features online. Alongside writing Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “Beyond Vietnam” speech, Vincent Harding also wrote and […]

6.20.2017 Written By: MennoMedia 243 Times read

Interview with author Anita Hooley Yoder

Anita Hooley Yoder is author of the new book, Circles of Sisterhood, which explores the history of Mennonite women’s groups.  What piqued your interest in this project? How were you approached to write this book? My aunt, who has been very involved in Mennonite women’s groups, saw Mennonite Women USA’s call for a writer and thought […]

6.20.2017 Written By: Paul Johnson, Colorado Mennonite Disaster Services, and Rhoda Blough, Everence Stewardship Consultant 110 Times read

Unlikely partnerships help address “disaster on the street”

Photo: Over 100 individuals came to help with a tiny house village build on May 20 in Denver. The village will provide shelter for currently homeless individuals and is an interfaith partnership between the individuals themselves, local Denver nonprofits, Colorado Mennonite churches, Everence and Mennonite Disaster Services. Photo provided.  On the corner of 38th and […]


7.19.2017 Written By: Ken Gingerich 469 Times read

On being led to places we did not plan to go

Ken Gingerich is moderator of Mountain States Mennonite Conference and attends Albuquerque Mennonite Church.  Orlando 2017 was a real low for me. Actually, yes. It was the convention where I ran into the lowest number of relatives—two second cousins to be exact. Not that many of my relatives are interested in or part of the […]

7.18.2017 Written By: Dayna Olson-Getty 376 Times read

The church in labor: A reflection on the MC USA convention

Dayna Olson-Getty is Associate Pastor at Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  “Death is something that empires worry about. It’s not something resurrection people worry about.” – Rachel Held Evans Labor with my first child was fast and fierce. Just two hours passed from the moment my water broke until my son was born. I […]

7.17.2017 Written By: Darrin Snyder Belousek 1,417 read

Why I abstained from voting on the FCS resolution

Darrin W. Snyder Belousek is a member of Salem Mennonite Church in Elida, Ohio.  The Mennonite reported that eight delegates at the Orlando assembly abstained from voting on the resolution pertaining to the Future Church Summit (FCS). I was one of the abstainers. My abstention from the vote was not an objection to the FCS, however. […]

7.14.2017 Written By: Ric Hudgens 251 Times read

Remember the Egret

Ric Hudgens is co-pastor of North Suburban Mennonite in Libertyville, Illinois. Ric blogged the Convention at www.northsuburban.org. This is a condensed version of his weeklong entries. I purposefully walked over to the Orlando Convention Center every morning from my hotel about a half mile away. I welcomed the exercise and the chance to breathe unfiltered […]

7.14.2017 Written By: Joanne Gallardo 727 Times read

Looking back in order to move forward

Joanne Gallardo will become pastor of faith formation at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana, on August 14. She currently attends Hyattsville (Maryland) Mennonite Church. I admit it. I love being a delegate. I’ve been a delegate for four different congregations over my lifetime and have attended as many conventions as possible since my first in […]

7.14.2017 Written By: Elwood Yoder 504 Times read

Convention coffee cup

Elwood Yoder teaches history in Harrisonburg, Virginia, at Eastern Mennonite High School. Elwood has written seven books, including congregational histories and historical novels and is editor of Shenandoah Mennonite Historian. Twenty years ago, I served as a delegate to the Orlando Mennonite Church General Assembly, held at the same place I represented my home congregation recently at […]