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

Sermons I never heard

3.28. 2018 Written By: Ben Goossen 2,144 Times read

Mennonite theology has not prepared us to deal with mass shootings. The faith I grew up with is a religion of victimhood, in which evil resides outside of us—in “the world.” There is no space for thinking about ourselves as part of the problem. I now know I am part of systems that undergird capitalist […]

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How Mennonites reckon with our history in the Holocaust

3.26. 2018 Written By: Lisa Schirch 1,255 read

Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, held a “Mennonites and the Holocaust” conference March 16-17. Lisa Schirch wrote this piece, which originally appeared at AnabaptistHistorians.org, in response to attending. Across the street from Bethel College’s campus, the Kauffman Museum portrays a history of Mennonites that illustrates the type of commonly-told, positive narrative of our beliefs, pacifism, martyrdom, […]

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Reflections at the end of the year my son, MJ, was killed

3.26. 2018 Written By: Michele Miller Sharp 1,462 read

Michele Miller Sharp wrote this piece Dec. 22, 2017. Her son, Michael (MJ) Sharp, was killed in March 2017 while working as part of a U.N. panel of experts investigating conflicts that have been ongoing in Congo since the mid-1990s. I vividly remember the moment you were born, my dear son. You weren’t breathing because […]

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What might reconciliation in North and South Korea look like?

3.21. 2018 Written By: Jae Young Lee and Karen Spicher 541 Times read

Karen Spicher is communications coordinator for Northeast Asia Regional Peace Building Institute (NARPI). Jae Young directs the Korea Peacebuilding Institute (KOPI) and provides leadership to NARPI. If you watched the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, you witnessed athletes from both Koreas walking together under the Korean Unification Flag. The people of Korea, and the international community, melted […]

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I (almost) got shot

3.6. 2018 Written By: Dorothy Nickel Friesen 1,265 read

Dorothy Nickel Friesen is former pastor of Manhattan (Kansas) Mennonite Church and First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, Ohio; former assistant dean at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana; and former conference minister for the Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA. Her book, The Pastor Wears a Skirt, is forthcoming from Wipf and Stock. She lives in […]

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MCC in Syria: A river of love

2.28. 2018 Written By: Ron Byler 195 Times read

Photos provided by Ron Byler. Ron Byler is executive director of Mennonite Central Committee U.S.  A delegation from Mennonite Central Committee recently returned from Syria, the first visit of its kind since the start of the civil war there in 2011. MCC’s $34.6 million humanitarian response in Syria and Iraq is the organization’s largest since World […]

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MCC in Syria: Whatever you decide

2.27. 2018 Written By: Ron Byler 122 Times read

Photo: Sister Valentine. Photo provided by Ron Byler. Ron Byler is executive director of Mennonite Central Committee U.S.  A delegation from Mennonite Central Committee recently returned from Syria, the first visit of its kind since the start of the civil war there in 2011. MCC’s $34.6 million humanitarian response in Syria and Iraq is the organization’s largest […]

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