Blog posts

My friendship with Dale, an ‘edge worker’ among Mennonites

1.13. 2020 Posted By: Tim Nafziger

Photo: Tim Nafziger and Dale Suderman in Vietnam in 2008 prior to Dale’s stroke. Photo provided by the author. My friend Dale Suderman died quietly on Jan. 5 in his recliner in Hillsboro, Kansas. Dale is not the kind of person who is often celebrated by the mainstream Mennonite community for many reasons. Though he […]

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An overdue letter to Rachel Held Evans

5.7. 2019 Posted By: Ben Wideman

Dear Rachel Held Evans, I’m writing with an overdue note of appreciation. Last week’s news of your passing shook me at a deeper level than I anticipated, and I wondered if putting words on paper would help me process some of what I have felt. I think my first memory of you was hearing about […]

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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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