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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 […]




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

7.21.2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 108 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. This week we are talking about: 1. Trees: Redwood trees, millennia old, vertical columns in a forest cathedral, ferns cover their feet, slanted rays of […]


You’ve got a place

7.20.2017 Posted By: Hannah Heinzekehr 290 Times read

Hannah Heinzekehr is Executive Director of The Mennonite, Inc. This editorial appears in the August issue of The Mennonite magazine.  Every once in a while, my kids (a 2- and a 4-year-old) like to have a dance party. Days after returning from the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando, I walked into the room to find one […]


Wait for the wind

7.19.2017 Posted By: Byron Pellecer 86 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 79 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 989 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 63 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 144 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 598 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 […]



7.21.2017 Written By: Jacob Dodson 79 Times read

Reflections on 75 years of ministry at Wooster Mennonite

Jacob Dodson is Pastor of Wooster (Ohio) Mennonite Church.  The congregation of Wooster (Ohio) Mennonite Church is preparing to celebrate our 75th anniversary Sept. 9-10. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to reflect on our identity and calling as a community of believers, as well as God’s faithfulness throughout our history. The story of […]

6.28.2017 Written By: Isaac Villegas 1,275 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 411 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 1,019 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 […]


7.20.2017 Written By: Jon Carlson 515 Times read

Orlando 2017 reflection: The work starts with congregations

Jon Carlson serves as lead pastor of Forest Hills Mennonite Church in Leola, Pennsylvania, and assistant moderator of Atlantic Coast Conference. He and his wife, Lyn, have three young children. As one of the delegates who came to the microphone to express concern about the original language of the Future Church Summit resolution during the […]

7.20.2017 Written By: Sarah Thompson 228 Times read

Do your own work: Leadership on the front lines

Sarah Thompson is finishing up her term as Executive Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams. She is a licensed minister in Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. A shorter version of this article appeared in the July issue of The Mennonite magazine.  One of my favorite things about my dear friend MJ Sharp was how he did his work, especially in […]

7.19.2017 Written By: Ken Gingerich 970 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 491 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 1,661 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 256 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 […]