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Lent Reflection: Good leaders

3.26. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 1 read

Jenny Castro is communications associate and coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA. Scriptures: 1 Samuel 16:1-13, John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14 Samuel was sent by God to anoint a new king for Israel. God sent him to Bethlehem to the family of Jesse. And one by one Jesse presented each of […]

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Friday Roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

3.24. 2017 Posted By: Gordon Houser 126 Times read

Gordon Houser is editor of The Mennonite. 1. Lincoln in the Bardo is the first novel by George Saunders, the best-selling short story writer. (Last summer, I wrote about Tenth of December, his outstanding collection.) The novel is set in February 1862, following the death of President Lincoln’s 11-year-old son Willie. The grief-stricken president visits […]

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Hope for the Future: Do you want to get well?

3.24. 2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 39 Times read

This is the third post in a blog series from participants in Hope for the Future (HFF), an annual gathering of people of color serving in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. Hyacinth Stevens, is co- pastor of King of Glory Tabernacle in the Bronx, New York. She is also a program coordinator for MCC East […]

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Lent reflection: Can we trust God?

3.24. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 60 Times read

“Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night.” 1 Samuel 15:10b, NIV Read: 1 Samuel 15:10-21 Why pick this difficult passage from Samuel for our reflection when the other lectionary texts for this day are the familiar-and-beloved Psalm 23 and the clear-and-oft-repeated rules for getting along in Ephesians 4? Well, exactly that. I […]

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Trust God, love each other

3.23. 2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA 108 Times read

Jane Hoober Peifer resides in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with her husband Daryl. Following 24 years in pastoral ministry, Jane received Spiritual Direction training from KAIROS: School for Spiritual Formation. The following reflection is adaptation of a homily Jane gave to the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) at the opening of their last meeting of the biennium, March […]

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Lent reflection: Empathy and compassion, Love is a verb

3.23. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 449 Times read

Monday evening, I sat on the couch cradling my four-year-old niece, Anna, who was crying out in agony from an ear ache. “Ouchhh,” she cried, in between tears and sniffles, as she buried her head in my chest and snuggled closer. “Just…snuggle me,” she said, trying to catch her breath. I held her closer and […]

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Lent Reflection: “Is the Lord among us or not?”

3.20. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite 185 Times read

Reflections on Exodus 17:1-7 and Psalm 95.  For many generations of Christians, Mennonite Church USA has been an overflowing oasis of spiritual formation, cultural confirmation and interpersonal affirmation. There has been a strong sense of a distinct identity, community and shared values. Our religious Anabaptist theology and our ethnic Mennonite heritage has benefited the majority […]

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