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Executive Board issues updated guidelines for proposing resolutions

Written By: Mennonite Church USA staff  
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The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has developed updated guidelines for proposed resolutions that serve as “Church Statements.” These statements, which “receive broad support across the church and give direction for Christian faithfulness” often speak to a current issue and provide a vehicle for witness, study, discussion and awareness. Changes to the guidelines include: making […]




Advent day 14: Bearing fruit worthy of repentance

12.10.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 381 Times read

Bob Brown recently moved to Indianapolis with Lauren, his wife, and his 3 year old son.  In October, he became co-pastor of First Mennonite Church, Indianapolis, after serving as Pastor of Stahl Mennonite in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, since 2010. John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! […]


December recipe: Blackstrap Molasses Cookies

12.9.2016 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 37 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: There are many things to recommend these Blackstrap Molasses Cookies. They have a complex, caramel taste with a warm spiciness and satisfying soft texture. […]


Advent day 13: The women of the neighborhood

12.9.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 429 Times read

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor at Raleigh (N.C.) Mennonite Church.  The swelling joy of Advent is complicated. A season that celebrates a surprise pregnancy, a healthy baby, and a growing family is no easy negotiation for people who through circumstance or health, late marriage or child loss or infertility, find themselves peering into the barn from […]


Advent day 12: Choosing life over death

12.8.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 478 Times read

Lynn Parks is Associate Pastor at Oxford Circle Mennonite Church, Philadelphia, where she is abundantly blessed with children and youth. She and her husband, Vandy, live in Philadelphia with their dog Belle, and cat, Arwen. Their daughter, Bethannie, and son-in-law, Kevin, are seniors at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Advent is the time of waiting […]


Advent day 11: The purpose of our waiting

12.7.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 437 Times read
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Shannon Dycus lives in Indianapolis, IN with her husband, Gregory and two sons – ages 4 and 6.  She is Co-Pastor at First Mennonite Church in Indianapolis.  33 “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood […]


Advent day 10: Maria, José and posadas

12.6.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 190 Times read

Martin Navarro is a member of Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Indiana.     Do not fear, you worm Jacob,     you insect Israel!     I will help you, says the LORD;     your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.    Now, I will make of you a threshing sledge,     sharp, new, […]


Seven questions with…Kathy Bilderback

12.5.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 116 Times read

Name: Kathy Bilderback Home congregation: Evergreen Heights Mennonite Church, Boise, Idaho Occupations: Chair of Mennonite Women USA board, Part-time administrative pastor at Evergreen, bookkeeper at Presbyterian church and own a bookkeeping business 1. What is your earliest memory of church? I had to think deeply about this. Mostly it was Sunday school and vacation Bible […]


Advent day nine: God’s shalom for all

12.5.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 730 Times read

Ken Hochstetler is president and CEO of Everence, a faith-centered financial services organization and an agency of Mennonite Church USA. See, the Lord is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it; He will ruin its face and scatter its inhabitants— It will be the same     For priest as for people,     For […]


Advent Day eight: For such a One I’ve waited all my life

12.4.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 316 Times read

Marlene Kropf lives with her husband Stanley in Port Townsend, Washington.  They are members of Portland Mennonite Church (Oregon).  Marlene is a former Minister of Worship and Spirituality with Mennonite Church USA and is Professor Emerita at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, Indiana).  In retirement she continues to lead retreats, offer spiritual direction, and guide […]


Advent day seven: Comfort, complacency, and active waiting

12.3.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 210 Times read
Mennonite Mission Network Staff member, Kelsey Hochstetler, Marketing and Communications marketing associate

Kelsey Hochstetler lives in Berlin, Ohio with her husband, Jeff, and 1-year-old daughter, Mariella. When she’s not working at Mennonite Mission Network or changing diapers, she loves making music, food, and the occasional DIY project.  Comfort, O comfort my people,    says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,    and cry to herthat she has served […]


Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

12.2.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 117 Times read

Jennie Wintermote 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 Advent is the beginning of a new year […]


Advent day six: The tension of Advent

12.2.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 835 Times read

Amy Gingerich serves as editorial director at MennoMedia and its book imprint, Herald Press. She is a member of Friendship Mennonite Church in Bedford Heights, Ohio. Twelve hours in the car, all by myself. This is the stuff a mother’s dreams are made of, and I carefully planned my hours. It was the weekend before […]


Eight little words

12.1.2016 Posted By: Glen Guyton 224 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.  Over the past few weeks I have been reading my Facebook feed and watching the various reactions about the election. Most, but not all of my friends are […]


Advent day five: Communion under the canopy

12.1.2016 Posted By: Malinda Elizabeth Berry 248 Times read

Malinda Elizabeth Berry, assistant professor of theology and ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, lives in south central Elkhart with her family and their flock of chickens.  “I have peace with God and my fellow man, and I am ready to take communion.” This motto of counsel meetings and preparatory services among Amish, Mennonites and […]


Where have all the youth gone

12.1.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 1288 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. Elisabeth is the newest blogger for The Mennonite, Inc.  “Atheism is rampant […]



12.6.2016 Written By: Barbie Fischer, Franconia Conference 81 Times read

Standing with our immigrant family in the Body of Christ

This piece originally appeared in the Franconia Conference publication, Intersectings. The Friday following the presidential election, leaders from Franconia Conference’s south Philadelphia churches asked for representatives from the conference to be present with them on the following Sunday for worship. Each of these congregations — Centro de Alabanza, Indonesian Light, Nations Worship Center, and Philadelphia Praise […]

12.1.2016 Written By: Joe Miller 194 Times read

Waiting for Manuchka, waiting to adopt

Joe Miller is mission’s pastor at Maple City Chapel in Goshen, Indiana.  I am the impatient type. I simply don’t enjoy waiting. Kris and I have three young children, and sometimes I think the kids show more stamina and patience than their father. I don’t behave childishly about it, but I will instinctively avoid any […]

12.1.2016 Written By: Marshall King 441 Times read

My top 10 songs: Marshall King

Marshall V. King is a freelance writer, specializing in food, community and travel, based in Goshen, Indiana. He attends Assembly Mennonite Church. You can learn more about Marshall at his website,   1. The Avett Brothers, “Salvation Song”: This band, led by brothers Seth and Scott Avett, plays a lively mix of bluegrass and country […]

11.21.2016 Written By: Hannah Heinzekehr 557 Times read

Advent playlist 2016

Last year, when I was working on pulling together the 2016 Advent playlist, I wrote about why Advent was my favorite season of the church year. That remains as true this year as it was last year, but this year, even more than last, the impending Advent season, which also holds the longest night of […]

11.8.2016 Written By: Marshall King 120 Times read

A prayer for Election Day

Marshall V. King is a freelance writer, specializing in food, community and travel, based in Goshen, Indiana. He attends Assembly Mennonite Church. You can learn more about Marshall at his website,   Loving God, On this day in the United States, we go to vote. Some of us have already done so. All of us […]

11.4.2016 Written By: Bishop L.W. Francisco III, Alex Sider and Paula Snyder Belousek 165 Times read

Confession of Faith roundtable: Baptism

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.  Over the course of the next several months, we will be releasing “roundtable posts”, featuring two to three members of Mennonite Church USA congregations reflecting on an article from the Confession of Faith and […]


11.29.2016 Written By: Joel Miller 463 Times read

Under review: Reflections on being peer reviewed

Joel Miller is Pastor at Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church.   “Confusion and suspicion have no home here.” These were a few of the words read by the Peer Review team as an opening meditation for our four hours together on a Friday afternoon in August. We met in Faith House, a hospitality house in Goshen, Indiana […]

11.26.2016 Written By: John Bergen 1746 Times read

Observations from Standing Rock

John Bergen is Associate Pastor at Germantown Mennonite Church, Philadelphia, and visited Standing Rock with Christian Peacemaker Teams.  Photo: Sunrise over Oceti Sakowin. Photo by Tim Nafziger.  The day I left for Standing Rock, during Children’s Time at my church, I was asked why I was going there to try and stop the construction of the […]

11.22.2016 Written By: Isaac S. Villegas 649 Times read

Para la mujer

Isaac S. Villegas is the pastor of Chapel Hill (NC) Mennonite Fellowship. This reflection is a revised version of a sermon on Isaiah 1:10-18 and Luke 19:1-10 that he preached on October 30, 2016, at Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Last year I was in Manizales, Colombia, spending time with my grandmother. We sat […]

11.15.2016 Written By: Ric Hudgens 469 Times read

Clergy Standing with Standing Rock

Ric Hudgens is an ordained Mennonite pastor who just completed five years on the pastoral team at Second Baptist Evanston, a 135 year old African American congregation. In September 2016 Ric became co-pastor of North Suburban Mennonite in Libertyville, Illinois. Ric has been a resident at Reba Place Fellowship in Evanston since 1990. On October […]

11.15.2016 Written By: Ervin Stutzman 1447 Times read

A pastoral letter following the presidential election

Ervin Stutzman is executive director of Mennonite Church USA. This post originally appeared on the Menno Snapshots blog. For many of us, this has been a difficult week. We’ve spent well over 18 months witnessing a bruising presidential campaign that has at different points, pulled back the veil of who we aspire to be and […]

11.10.2016 Written By: Sarah Augustine 238 Times read

On urgency

Sarah Augustine is the co-director of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund, a private international charity, and professor of sociology at Heritage University, Toppenish, Washington, where she is also the director of student spirituality. Sarah is also a member of the Mennonite Doctrine of Discovery Coalition. Photo: Sarah and Dan Peplow in Suriname in 2007. For the […]