Features posts

Sisterhood in Florida

5.29. 2017 Written By: Anita Hooley Yoder 30 Times read

While I was working on a book about Mennonite women’s organizations, I wanted to experience diverse and vibrant Mennonite women’s activities firsthand. I met interesting people and heard important stories at women’s gatherings across the country. But it was a trip to south Florida in November 2015 that provided an especially unique and inspiring glimpse […]

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Confession of Faith roundtable: Discipline in the church

5.17. 2017 Written By: Cyneatha Millsaps, Joel Shenk and Mary Lehman Yoder 365 Times read

The Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective was developed in 1995, and is the most recent systematic statement of belief for Mennonite Church USA.  Over the course of the next several months, we will be releasing “roundtable posts”, featuring two to three members of Mennonite Church USA congregations reflecting on an article from the Confession of Faith and […]

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A prayer for crossing barriers

5.16. 2017 Written By: Anna Liechty Sawatzky 119 Times read

This prayer originally appeared in the Mennonite Women USA e-newsletter, “A Postcard and a Prayer.” The June issue of The Mennonite magazine will focus on stories of Mennonite women’s movements in honor of Mennonite Women USA’s centennial celebration.   God, We confess to being closed to your people as we go about our daily tasks. We admit […]

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Songline: When music is like breathing

5.10. 2017 Written By: Maggie Weaver 525 Times read

Photo: Debra Detweiler Brubaker conducts the Women’s World Music Choir at Goshen (Indiana) College. Photo from Goshen College Record.  Halfway through their spring semester, the Goshen (Indiana) College Women’s World Music Choir was crammed into a rehearsal space, preparing for a tour along the East Coast. Students looked beaten down by homework, lack of sleep and […]

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For such a time as this: Reflections on Mennonite Church USA at 15

5.9. 2017 Written By: Dorothy Nickel Friesen 102 Times read

Dorothy Nickel Friesen is a member of Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, Kansas, and a former conference minister and pastor. This article originally appeared in the May issue of  The Mennonite magazine.  I moved nearly 875 miles west to answer a call from the church about 15 years ago. From a pastorate in Ohio […]

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Divergent: A way forward

5.3. 2017 Written By: Glen Guyton 644 Times read

Glen Guyton is Chief Operating Officer for Mennonite Church USA.  This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of The Mennonite magazine. You can read the full May issue online and subscribe to receive more original feature articles and columns like this one.  If Mennonite Church USA was a young adult dystopian novel, I would be […]

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Where we’ve been, where we’re headed: MC USA at 15

5.3. 2017 Written By: Gordon Houser 494 Times read

Back in 2001 in Nashville, Tenn., I watched as delegates of the General Conference Mennonite Church and the Mennonite Church voted to merge the two denominations and create Mennonite Church USA. That new body officially came into existence on Feb. 1, 2002. Now, 15 years later, we decided to look back on what Dorothy Nickel […]

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