This “Opinions” section of our website provides a forum for the voices within Mennonite Church USA and related Anabaptist-Mennonite voices. The views expressed do not necessarily represent the official positions of The Mennonite, the board for The Mennonite, Inc., or Mennonite Church USA.

Opinions posts

Le Chambon, Mennonites and DACA

9.6. 2017 Written By: Zach Martinez 551 Times read

Zach Martinez is the pastor of Sojourn Mennonite Church in Fort Collins, Colorado. He and his family live in Greeley, Colorado. In mid-December 2006, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents carried out six immigration raids at JBS Swift meat packing plants across the U.S. One of these raids was carried out in my home town […]

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Addressing claims of “reverse oppression”

8.31. 2017 Written By: Sarah Matsui 423 Times read

Sarah Matsui attends First Mennonite Church of San Francisco. This article originally appeared in the September issue of The Mennonite magazine. You can read more September features online or subscribe now to receive The Mennonite in your e-mail inbox or mailbox each month.  People pray to each other. The way I say “you” to someone else, […]

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Reflections on being in Charlottesville on Aug. 12

8.23. 2017 Written By: Cynthia Lapp 2,547 Times read

Cynthia Lapp is Pastor of Hyattsville (Maryland) Mennonite Church.  I went to Charlottesville because clergy were called. I don’t always go when I am called but my pastor’s heart was compelled this time, even though I am a homebody and would rather stay home and even though it sounded dangerous. Kim McDowell, a pastoral colleague […]

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MCC U.S.: Statement on white supremacy and racism

8.21. 2017 Written By: Andrew Wright, in consultation with some MCC Central States and U.S. staff and board members 383 Times read

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. In light of recent events, we are again compelled to denounce and condemn the racist ideologies of white supremacy […]

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What will you do?

8.18. 2017 Written By: Julian Jackson 859 Times read

Julian Jackson is a member of Living Water Community Church in Chicago. Photo by Tim Nafziger.   In 1990, I attended the first legal rally of the South African Communist Party. I was there because Nelson Mandela was speaking (see picture). It was one of his very first speaking engagements after being released from Robben […]

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Orlando 2017 Convention Reflection

8.14. 2017 Written By: Kerinna Good 245 Times read

Kerinna Good is a rising high school junior who participated in the Step Up program at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando in July. She attends Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  I had the unique experience at the convention in Orlando of participating in the program called “Step Up,” which was an effort […]

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Hope and action on climate change

8.10. 2017 Written By: Ethan Bodnaruk 307 Times read

Ethan holds an M.S. in nuclear engineering from North Carolina State University and an M.S. in ecological engineering from the SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syarcuse, New York. He grew up Presbyterian and joined the Mennonite Church in 2007, being re-baptized at Raleigh (North Carolina) Mennonite Church. He can be reached at […]

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