Features posts

El programa navideño: Christmas and the stories we tell ourselves

12.19. 2017 Written By: Felipe Hinojosa

Felipe Hinojosa is associate professor of history at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The featured photo is of a Christmas program at Iglesia Menonita del Cordero in Brownsville, Texas.  This reflection appeared in the December issue of The Mennonite magazine. Only a fraction of our original features and opinion pieces are online. Subscribe today […]

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A long and joyous ministry

12.15. 2017 Written By: Ryan Ahlgrim

Ryan Ahlgrim is Pastor at First Mennonite Church in Richmond, Virginia.  When I was a seminary student, I attended a conference on “Loneliness in the Ministry.” I was so depressed by the stories I heard, I wondered if I really wanted to do this. Nevertheless, I proceeded into pastoral ministry, and thirty-some years later I […]

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Poem: A Good Boy

12.15. 2017 Written By: Stephen Penner

Stephen James Penner is a pastor at First Mennonite Church in Reedley, California.  He likes soccer a lot, as well as the Pittsburgh Pirates. Stephen writes, “One person of interest for me has long been Mary.”  Later when he was gone artists trying to capture the moment imagined blue skies and clouds like sails billowing […]

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Not Making Sense: Why Stanley Hauerwas’s Response to Yoder’s Sexual Abuse Misses the Mark

12.4. 2017 Written By: Hilary Scarsella

Hilary Scarsella is a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University, researching the intersection of theology, gender, violence and psychological trauma. She directs the network Our Stories Untold. This piece was originally published on the ABC Religion & Ethics website.  In a recent article, Stanley Hauerwas reflected at length on the extensively documented sexually violent behavior of Mennonite peace theologian John Howard […]

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What’s hanging on your ‘Doorpost’?

11.27. 2017 Written By: Leona Gingerich

Leona Goering Gingerich is a retired music teacher who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband Ken.  She attends Albuquerque Mennonite Church. Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. […]

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The wrong choice? An Advent meditation

11.27. 2017 Written By: Anton Flores

Anton Flores-Maisonet is the co-founder of Casa Alterna, a hospitality house in Georgia devoted to witnessing to a love that crosses borders. This reflection appeared in the December issue of The Mennonite magazine.  Simeon said to Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a […]

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The Pearl & the Field: Parables calling us in to forgiveness and belonging

11.16. 2017 Written By: Joshua Grace

Joshua Grace has Polish and Irish roots. He and Martha live with their two teenage daughters in the Delaware River watershed, specifically Philadelphia. He has been pastoring with Circle of Hope since 2004 and recently graduated with an MAIS from the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS). He loves music, gardening, playing baseball […]

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