Blog posts

A visit with Senator Toomey

2.3. 2017 Posted By: Ben Wideman

Ben Wideman is the Campus Pastor for 3rd Way Collective, a ministry of University Mennonite Church at Penn State. He blogs regularly for The Mennonite online.  On Monday, January 30th, I joined a delegation of State College and Penn State community members for a quick trip to visit Senator Pat Toomey’s regional office in Johnstown, PA. We […]

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Dallas makes nonviolent direct action all the more important

7.10. 2016 Posted By: Tim Nafziger

In the wake of the shootings of police and civilians in Dallas, many voices are blaming the Black Lives Matter movement and the growing opposition to police violence and white supremacy. But now more than ever we need movements of committed, militant nonviolence. Shootings like the one in Dallas grow out of what scholar Ron […]

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Let’s get on with church

6.16. 2016 Posted By: Elwood Yoder

Elwood Yoder teaches history in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  It’s time to move on from debates in Mennonite Church USA and get to the business of being church. The American political atmosphere is so charged with shrill attacks and diatribe that a Christian response in a nonconformist Anabaptist mode would be to deliberately choose to go a […]

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A National Call for Christian Lament

6.13. 2016 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg

Jessica Schrock Ringenberg is pastor at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, Ohio.  Dear God, What have we, your children, done? Forgive us for the way we have contributed to the polarizing atmosphere in our culture. Forgive us for treating those in leadership we disagree with so poorly that only the most narcissistic are willing to […]

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King is Your Word

4.16. 2016 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg

I went against my best judgment and reposted a controversial post on Facebook. You know the scenario—it is one of the many controversial issues in the media right now. I hesitated to weigh in, take a stand and repost it, but after looking at all of the other brazen opinions and assumptions out there, all […]

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Another awkward silence: A dramatic reading for congregations

1.20. 2016 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg

This post contains a script written and performed by Jessica Schrock Ringenberg at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, Ohio. It was written with “a spin and a nod to Jay Reiss’ ‘Awkward Silence.’” Download the script to perform in your own congregation.  (Setting: Dining room table and chairs. Menus. Jessica and Sue enter opposite sides of the stage.) […]

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“Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation”

1.25. 2010 Posted By: Tim Nafziger

Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause is just, And this be our motto: "In God is our trust" – Francis Scott Key, Star Spangled Banner, 1814 Last week my alma mater, Goshen (Ind.) College, […]

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