Blog posts

It’s time to start shouting

7.23. 2018 Posted By: The Mennonite

It’s been estimated that one in five people sitting in church pews on Sunday morning struggle with their mental health: darkness, despair, relentless grief, choking fear, self-loathing. These seatmates are our friends, our family, our elders, our pastors. It’s been me. Maybe it’s been or currently is you. Are our pew-mates who experience persistent mental […]

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Remembering Susan Sommer

5.5. 2016 Posted By: The Mennonite

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 […]

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A tribute to Steve Cheramie Risingsun

2.24. 2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

Iris de León-Hartshorn is the director of transformative peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. This post originally ran on Mennonite Church USA’s Menno Snapshots blog. A gentle funny giant who loved the church with all of his heart–that is how I will remember my friend Steve Cheramie Risingsun. Steve died in his sleep Feb. 20, 2016. […]

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Remembering Hal Shrader

11.2. 2015 Posted By: The Mennonite

By Eric Vincent. This piece originally ran in the Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference E-update.  Hal Shrader served as lead pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Ariz. He was killed in a motorcycle accident on Oct. 19.  Impact.  A life can’t adequately be captured in a word. But Friday’s [Oct. 30] memorial service for Hal […]

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The cloud of witnesses after Joel’s death

8.21. 2015 Posted By: wearemenno

Nancy Kauffmann is a denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. This originally ran as a post on the Mennonite Church USA website.  Recently a violent storm hit my life, ripping through my heart and shaking the foundation of my faith, when my husband Joel, suddenly and unexpectedly died. I was thrust into a new reality where nothing […]

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Finding mentors in unusual places

6.12. 2015 Posted By: Erica Littlewolf

Erica Littlewolf is from the Northern Cheyenne tribe of southeastern Montana and currently lives in Albuquerque, N.M. 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 […]

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Letter to my Grandma

11.23. 2008 Posted By: Tim Nafziger

posted by Tim Nafziger on 11/23/08 at 09:12 PM This morning at 6 am my grandmother, Mary W Hess passed away at the age of 88. This is a letter I wrote to her this week after it became clear she would only be with us for a few more days. Dear Grandma, I’ll miss […]

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