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

The loss of a loved one

4.19. 2017 Written By: Aldo Siahaan 59 Times read

As we celebrate Easter, I am thinking of lost loved ones. Before Christ was risen, he first had to die. Anyone would be sad to lose a loved one, especially when faced with the reality that we will not see our loved ones on this earth again as they leave us to appear before the Creator. […]

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Better Together

4.13. 2017 Written By: Allie Shoup 117 Times read

In the summer of 2015 I attended the Mennonite Church USA Convention as a youth sponsor for Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, Kansas. I was spending my summer under the loving and guiding hand of Heidi Regier Kreider as a Ministry Inquiry Program intern, where I was given the opportunity to learn by […]

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Living God’s great Shalom

4.1. 2017 Written By: Stephen Kriss 139 Times read

Stephen Kriss is Executive Conference Minister of Franconia Mennonite Conference. Here he reflects on his experience at the recent Constituency Leaders Council meeting in Elkhart, Indiana. This piece originally ran in the March 16 edition of Intersectings. In our commitments for credentialing as pastors within Franconia Conference we agree to giving and receiving counsel.  This week […]

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Black, Brown, and Mennonite: Lessons from the Chicana/o, Puerto Rican, and Black Freedom Struggles for the Mennonite Church

3.27. 2017 Written By: Felipe Hinojosa 247 Times read

We invite you to join us for a series of discussions and lectures on the legacy of the Minority Ministries Council of the Mennonite Church March 30-April 1 at the Greencroft Community Center in Goshen, Indiana. Who were the Minority Ministries Council and why does their work matter? Between 1968 and 1973, the Minority Ministries […]

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The Practice of Descent

3.15. 2017 Written By: Kathy Neufeld Dunn 130 Times read

Kathy Neufeld Dunn is Associate Conference Minister in Kansas for Western District Conference. This piece originally appeared in the WDC Sprouts newsletter.  Lent—forty days of prayer and practice. Lent is a season of the Christian Year when we openly admit our human frailty and sinfulness. Some of our congregations who rarely practice confession take time […]

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Advice for congregations and institutions responding to reports of abuse

2.20. 2017 Written By: Stephanie Krehbiel and Jennifer (Jay) Yoder, Into Account 1,061 read

This advice is drawn from a Feb. 14 phone interview with Hannah Heinzekehr. Dr. Stephanie Krehbiel and Jennifer (Jay) Yoder formed the nonprofit organization Into Account in Fall 2015. Pooling their collective expertise, Krehbiel and Yoder offer free services to survivors of abuse looking for accountability in Christian contexts as well as paid services for […]

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Stop talking about “Ethnic Mennonites”

2.15. 2017 Written By: Naomi Yoder 648 Times read

Naomi Yoder, Infinity Mennonite Church, New York, is collaborating with her father to write about his life and hers. Several years ago I began thinking about my experience as an atypical “Ethnic Mennonite.” I’m uncomfortable with that label. It’s not like “New Yorker” or “used-to-be-brunette-now-streaked-with-grey,” which describe me in concrete ways. But “Ethnic Mennonite”? That’s […]

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