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Preventing abuse at church: An interview with a Mennonite pastor

11.8. 2015 Posted By: The Mennonite

This post comes from Dove’s Nest, an organization focused on helping faith communities keep children safe from abuse.  1. Please describe the situation at your Mennonite church. In the spring, Daniel*, who was a new attendee to the church, had an interaction with a couple of our elementary school-age girls that raised yellow flags. He approached […]

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On love, journey and shoes

9.22. 2015 Posted By: wearemenno

Marty Lehman is the administrative pastor at College Mennonite Church, a large congregation located on the Goshen College campus. Previously she served in administrative roles at various Mennonite organizations; most recently as the associate executive director for Mennonite Church USA Executive Board. She and her husband, Rex Hooley, live in Goshen, Ind. What does it […]

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Polarities vs. Whispers of the Spirit

7.25. 2015 Posted By: Byron Pellecer

For the most part, today’s society is more sophisticated and with more access to education than before, at least for the main stream of society. Even within Christian circles, faith is discussed and experienced in many ways; and the sad part of it is that these discussions and experiences are based in things that we […]

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Membership and the Mr. Potato Head Church

7.10. 2015 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg

I was the kid who could never take care of my toys. Lost or broken moments after receiving them, my toys never stood a chance. I did not intentionally destroy my toys, it just kind of happened. That is probably why I never got a Mr. Potato head even though I wanted one so badly. […]

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Engaging the homeless at Kansas City 2015

5.14. 2015 Posted By: Glen Guyton

Glen Guyton is chief operating officer for Mennonite Church USA. This ran on the Mennonite Church USA website. Oley Valley Mennonite Church summed it up pretty well in a blog they wrote following Phoenix 2013: “We mean well, but we can be pretty stupid.” Like many people who stayed at the Sheraton hotel, the group […]

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Mothering and moving on

5.9. 2015 Posted By: wearemenno

Alyssa Rodriguez attends First Mennonite Church in Iowa City, Iowa and works as a Family Support Worker for marginalized populations while also learning the ins-and-outs of motherhood with her beloved daughter, Zulema. This first appeared as a #wearemenno blog on the Mennonite Church USA website.  As I reflect on celebrating my first Mother’s Day as […]

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A church mailbox—already?

4.28. 2015 Posted By: wearemenno

Rachel Lesher lives in Durham, N.C., with her husband, Ben, a graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill. They attend Chapel Hill Mennonite Church. Originally from Lancaster, Pa., she is a graduate of Messiah College, Grantham, Pa., and Palmer Seminary of Eastern University. Rachel works as a research analyst at Duke University and is a mentor with Big […]

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