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Seminary graduates called to live and teach patience

Written By: Mary E. Klassen, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary  

Photo: Alan Kreider addresses graduates at the 2016 Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary commencement at College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana. From left to right in background, President Sara Wenger Shenk and Dean Rebecca Slough look on. (Photo by Melissa Troyer) Professor emeritus Alan Kreider called the 2016 graduates of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, […]




Boarding schools and the Indian Child Welfare Act

5.24.2016 Posted By: Erica Littlewolf 1 read

Erica Littlewolf works with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Central States with the Indigenous Vision Center (IVC).  Photo: A group of graduates from a boarding school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Boarding schools removed Native American children from their homes and families.  In my work, I spend a lot of time thinking about things in popular media that the […]


Why Mennonite leaders need to stop complaining about social media

5.22.2016 Posted By: Tim Nafziger 1825 Times read
Social media

In his address to graduating students at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) on May 2, President Loren Swartzendruber complained about social media. On May 2, the Daily News-Record quoted him: “Here’s the challenge we face,” he said, “namely the question of how we engage in meaningful, life-changing, civil conversations in a world that’s impatient for quick […]


Seven questions with…Krista and Leah Rittenhouse

5.19.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 303 Times read

Photo: The 2016 Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Service Adventure unit. From left to right: Shannon Young, Leah Rittenhouse, Dorothee Haase, Jordon Hodges, Krista Rittenhouse, Aaron Zimmerman, and Austen Saffell.  Names: Krista and Leah Rittenhouse Occupation: Service Adventure co-leaders, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, unit. Service Adventure is a Mennonite Mission Network service program for young adults ages 17-20. Young adults […]


The world needed one of you, too

5.18.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 80 Times read
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Shannon W. Dycus is co-pastor at First Mennonite in Indianapolis. She is on the adult worship planning team for Orlando 2017 and excited about gathering in celebration of love. This post originally ran on the Mennonite Church USA convention blog.  Scrolling through Facebook a few days ago, I ran across a meme that read: How […]


The Colorful Mind, Walking in Freedom

5.17.2016 Posted By: Lauren Francisco 30 Times read

April 27, 2016, a public holiday that holds incredible significance for South Africa. It’s Freedom Day. On my day off, I usually walk up the large hill I live on, carefully taking long strides,while remaining cautious of monkeys crossing the street. Reflective and thankful, I hear a group of women asking one another, “Where were […]


Staying connected

5.17.2016 Posted By: Elwood Yoder 420 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 […]


May receipe: Fresh Coconut Pancakes in the rainy season

5.16.2016 Posted By: The Hungry Hounds 112 Times read
Fresh Coconut Pancakes

The Hungry Hounds is the food blog of Paul and Rebecca Shetler Fast, Country Representatives for Mennonite Central Committee in Haiti. A quick trip out to get ingredients can be a big ordeal here in Haiti, especially this time of year. May marks the start of the rainy season. We’ve seen torrential downpours almost daily […]


A missional church story: Waynesboro Mennonite Church

5.16.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 521 Times read

Howard Miller has served as Pastor at Waynesboro (Virginia) Mennonite Church for 11 years. He served as the founding chair for the Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry and has served on the area Mental Health Task Force and the Community Health Forum. He loves to fly fish, bird watch and read.   Photo: Worship at Waynesboro Mennonite […]


Seven questions with…Marlene Frankenfield

5.12.2016 Posted By: Hannah Heinzekehr 452 Times read

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. Most Thursdays, we’ll publish a seven question interview with a different Anabaptist talking about their life, work, spiritual journey, etc. You can view past interviews here. Name: Marlene Frankenfield […]


Coercion and Prayer

5.11.2016 Posted By: Ben Wideman 331 Times read

Ben Wideman is the campus pastor for 3rd Way Collective and a blogger for The Mennonite, Inc.  In the midst of a difficult conversation the other day, someone expressed this sentiment to me: “I’ve urged you to pray about [this issue], but you are too wise in your own eyes to listen.” Over the past […]


How to become a hip-hop promoter

5.11.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 29 Times read
Baamuchili Settler prepares to lead worship. His congregation plays a major role in the prison ministry in Botswana. (This photo was not taken in the prison where photography is illegal.)

Photo: Baamuchili Settler prepares to lead worship. His congregation plays a major role in the prison ministry in Botswana. (This photo was not taken in the prison where photography is illegal.) Photographer: Nathan Dirks. Nathan Dirks and his wife, Taryn, serve with Mennonite Mission Network in Botswana. This blog originally ran on Mennonite Mission Network’s Beyond […]


Love that kept me from death

5.6.2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 170 Times read

Asia Frye is a seminary student through the Connect program at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. She lives in Hillsboro, Kansas, with her husband and two daughters. Their family attends First Mennonite Church where Asia previously served as youth pastor before becoming a full-time student. She likes table top games, climbing, driving in the demo derby, […]


Remembering Susan Sommer

5.5.2016 Posted By: The Mennonite 417 Times read

Susan Lehman Sommer, 68, of Tremont, Ill., passed away at 2:56 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at her home. Susan served on the board of The Mennonite, Inc., for 12 years, four of them as chair. She was born July 11, 1947, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Carl M. and Sarah Miller Lehman. She married James […]


Seven questions with…Lon Marshall

5.5.2016 Posted By: Hannah Heinzekehr 474 Times read

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. Most Thursdays, we’ll publish a seven question interview with a different Anabaptist talking about their life, work, spiritual journey, etc. You can view past interviews here. Name: Lon Marshall […]


Comfortability: Do people feel “at home” in your presence?

5.2.2016 Posted By: Lauren Francisco 314 Times read
Auntie Karen, part of the family that welcomed Lauren to South Africa, cutting up potatoes in her kitchen.

Lauren Francisco is serving a year in South Africa with Mennonite Mission Network. She blogs for The Mennonite.  “If you don’t feel comfortable and accepted in my presence, what I say, who I am and what I believe will hold no weight.” Lauren Francisco When two people engage in conversation with the intent to listen […]



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5.20.2016 Written By: Myron S. Augsburger 195 Times read

Anabaptists: Ecumenical, Radical and Prophetic

Dr. Myron S. Augsburger is President and Profess emeritus of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  In reading the Martyr’s Mirror, I have often noted the statement by the accused Anabaptist, “Show it to me in the Scripture.” This was their stance both in faith and in faithfulness. Significantly, I remember John Howard Yoder saying in […]

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5.14.2016 Written By: Cheryl Brumbaugh Cayford and Kristie Brockway 46 Times read

Seven tips on electronic communication for churches

This post originally appeared on Dove’s Nest provides resources for faith communities to help keep children and youth safe.  Communication encompasses much more than church mailboxes these days. Many churches and youth groups now have e-mail Listservs and Facebook pages. Electronic communication—including but not limited to e-mail, social media, texting, and cell phone conversations—provides […]

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5.12.2016 Written By: Isaac Villegas 254 Times read

Worldly sermons

Isaac Villegas is Pastor of Chapel Hill (N.C.) Mennonite Fellowship.  Where do sermons happen? What is preaching supposed to sound like? In the early chapters of Luke’s Gospel, we find multiple contexts for sermons. There’s Gabriel, God’s messenger, an angel, a preacher from the heavens who spoke the good news to Mary—that she will bear […]

5.8.2016 Written By: Joanna Shenk 416 Times read

Purple hospitality

Joanna Shenk is Associate Pastor at First Mennonite Church of San Francisco. This piece was a sermon given on May 1, 2016.  Photo: Joanna and her friend, Zephyr.  The summer I was seven years old my family went on an epic, cross-country trip, from Ohio to California and back. I remember leaving straight from school […]

5.8.2016 Written By: Alyssa Bennett Smith 347 Times read

My top 10 songs: Alyssa Bennett Smith

We’re featuring playlists from different individuals across Mennonite Church USA reflecting on their top 10 most important songs. This playlist comes from Alyssa Bennett Smith became a Mennonite three years ago at Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kansas. In May 2015, she graduated with her Masters of Theology degree from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, […]

Elisabeth Wilder was awarded second place for her speech about gun violence. (Photo by Andrew Strack/EMU)
5.3.2016 Written By: Elisabeth Wilder 524 Times read

Make change, not hashtags

Elisabeth Wilder is a junior at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va. This speech won second place in the EMU C. Henry Smith oratorical contest.  It’s easier for me to accept the fact that there was a shooting in my hometown than to believe that we are still refusing to take gun control seriously. On […]


5.23.2016 Written By: Isaac Villegas 6744 Times read

Isaac Villegas: A letter to MC USA delegates

Isaac Villegas is Pastor of Chapel Hill (N.C.) Mennonite Fellowship.  Delegates of Mennonite Church USA, In July 2013 you appointed me to serve on the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA (EB). Soon after, I was appointed to the five-member Executive Committee of the EB. During these three years on the board, I have served […]

5.14.2016 Written By: Sara Wenger Shenk 653 Times read

By what moral authority?

Sara Wenger Shenk is the President of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.  Leading with moral authority takes uncommon courage in these fractious times. Who has the audacity to move out onto that vulnerable edge? Who has the integrity, love and theological grounding to do so in trustworthy ways? There are countless ways to […]

5.13.2016 Written By: Moniqua Acosta 170 Times read

Mother gallina

Moniqua Acosta has been a part of the Women in Leadership Project since 2012. She previously served as an intern and advisory board member of the former Women’s Concerns desk at Mennonite Central Committee. Her educational background is social work with an emphasis on children and families. She is currently a member of the New […]

5.10.2016 Written By: Melissa Florer Bixler 236 Times read

What love feels like

Melissa Florer-Bixler is licensed for ministry in Virginia Mennonite Conference, although she currently serves the people of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church in Durham, North Carolina, as Minister of Nurture. She parents three small children with her husband, Jacob. They worship as a family at Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship. Melissa is active in a group […]

5.6.2016 Written By: Cody O'Rourke 1059 Times read

The Mennonite Church and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Let’s talk about apartheid

Cody O’Rourke has been working in Israel-Palestine on and off since 2005 with the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions, Christian Peacemaker Teams and the Hebron International Resource Network. He is the father of an Israeli Jewish son and he lives in Bethlehem.  The New York Times’ recent coverage of a bus fire in Jerusalem reminds us how […]

5.2.2016 Written By: Carol Wise, Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests 1694 Times read

A letter to the Constituency Leaders Council

Carol Wise is the executive director of the Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests (BMC). The Mennonite staff did approach Constituency Leaders Council leaders for a response to Wise’s letter, but have not received one at this time.  It was recently reported that the Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests had declined an invitation from […]