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As strange as it is beautiful

7.26. 2018 Posted By: The Mennonite

In 1997, I became a member of Metamora (Illinois) Mennonite Church. As part of the membership service, the pastor asked me if I was “willing to give and receive counsel in the congregation.” Standing next to Melissa, my wife, we each answered, “I am.” I still remember that moment. I also remember feeling I was […]

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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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Talking about pornography as people of faith

6.7. 2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

When I was a student at a Mennonite high school, there was a succession of male students who publicly disclosed their past “struggles” with pornography in chapel talks. They usually said that through scripture, prayer and perhaps accountability with other male peers they overcame the temptation to continue to view pornography. As a young woman, […]

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Renewing our commitment to peace

5.21. 2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

It is difficult to find the words as I turn on the news and see reports of our 22nd school shooting this year. This most recent school shooting moved me because it took place one hour outside of my hometown of Houston, Texas. Violence against anyone is a terrible thing, but especially troubling when our children […]

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Learn, Pray, Join: At the table with enemies

5.18. 2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

This blog post is part of Mennonite Church USA’s Korean peninsula: Learn, Pray, Join initiative. I am a child of war refugees, the grandson of internally displaced people. My parents were born near the Korea-China border, at the corner of the northwest Korean peninsula. After more than 35 years of colonization under imperial Japan and […]

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Seven questions with…Glen Guyton

4.30. 2018 Posted By: The Mennonite

Name: Glen Guyton Role: Executive director of Mennonite Church USA, effective May 1 1. What is one fun or interesting fact about yourself? I love cooking and comedy. Before I graduated from high school, I had two dreams: open up a restaurant and do stand up comedy. I don’t think I have fully given up on those […]

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How to support the people of Palestine and their Israeli peace allies

4.26. 2018 Posted By: The Mennonite

On Good Friday, March 30, tens of thousands of Christian and Muslim Palestinians gathered near the border between Gaza and Israel to nonviolently commemorate Land Day. Palestinians have peacefully observed Land Day since March 30, 1976, when they voiced their opposition to the expanding Israeli theft of ancestral Palestinian lands to build increasing numbers of […]

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