Blog posts

Tap into the power inside you

7.29. 2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

Jenny Castro is communications associate and coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA. This post originally ran on Mennonite Church USA’s Menno Snapshots blog.  There was a time in my life where I didn’t recognize that I had much power at all. For a significant portion of my formative years and […]

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What Mennonites can learn about Jesus from a Delta Force veteran

3.13. 2016 Posted By: Tim Nafziger

Photo by Tim Nafziger.  On Sunday, March 6, 2016, Ruth Krall wrote “A Considered Response to Lambelet and Hamilton: Vis-à-vis the topic of being made invisible…one more time” on her repeated experience of invisibilization by male Mennonite colleagues who pigeonhole her as a “very angry woman who hates the church.” She outlines a series of […]

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An invitation from the Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention

3.5. 2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

With increasing awareness of sexual abuse within Mennonite Church USA, the delegate body passed the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse in July 2015. Behind this statement are too many situations that serve as stark reminders that leaders within our congregations and church institutions are humans who are capable of abusing their power and committing sexual […]

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Have we learned anything from the John Howard Yoder cover-up?

12.12. 2015 Posted By: Tim Nafziger

Tim Nafziger is a member of the Anabaptist Mennonite Chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Even though “Priests” is in its title, SNAP is open to religious and nonreligious persons who were sexually violated by anyone inside or outside a faith community. SNAP is the world’s oldest and largest support group […]

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“Hey, denomination, can I bend your ear for a tick?” Part 1

7.6. 2015 Posted By: Malinda Elizabeth Berry Berry

Last year, Anna Groff asked me to join the team of bloggers for The Mennonite, and I said yes. I even had a plan for what I was going to write about: reflections on a series of Christian practices that the 21st-century Church can do to be relevant to the world and deepen the spirituality […]

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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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Avoiding avoidance: Why I assigned Yoder’s ‘Body Politics’

2.26. 2015 Posted By: Malinda Elizabeth Berry Berry

Editor’s note: This was originally published in the May 2014 issue, Vol. 68 of Mennonite Life, an illustrated online annual published by Bethel College that is devoted to exploring and developing Mennonite experience. In the Spring 2014 semester, my co-teacher colleague and I decided to put Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community Before the Watching World […]

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