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

Let’s let Jesus speak for himself

2.18. 2019 Written By: Don Blosser 468 Times read

Speaking at a meeting in Elkhart, Indiana, Rabbi Marc Ellis identified himself as a follower of Torah. Christians, he said, are followers of Jesus, who was also a rabbi and a teacher of Torah. Surely the followers of Torah and the followers of Jesus have a lot in common. If we let Jesus speak for […]

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Mennonite witness amid suffering and hope in Ukraine

1.7. 2019 Written By: J. Nelson Kraybill, Mennonite World Conference 441 Times read

Photo: This former Mennonite school served 130 hearing- and speech-impaired children at Tiege in the Molotschna region. When the German army swept through Ukraine, soldiers took the students out to a field and shot them. Photo by J. Nelson Kraybill. In a region of Ukraine that thousands of Mennonites left generations ago, two dozen of […]

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What to say on the eve of an election?

11.5. 2018 Written By: Jennifer Schrock 2,436 Times read

Recently, I spoke with a millennial who told me she’s not going to vote. She doesn’t really know the issues, she said. What is more, she doesn’t like what politics does to people and therefore she doesn’t want to participate. I am sympathetic. I would rather be birding than debating national issues. I am by […]

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Love in the face of tragedy in Pittsburgh

11.5. 2018 Written By: Sabrina Falls 684 Times read

Every week on Shabbat, the seventh day, when Jews come to the synagogue to observe the Sabbath, the Torah scroll is removed from the ark, lifted up, then laid gently down on a broad lectern and rolled out so the Scripture portion of the day may be chanted directly from the Hebrew text. Before and […]

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One year in: a sanctuary reflection

10.29. 2018 Written By: Joel Miller 418 Times read

Photo: In observation of Mother’s Day, Columbus Mennonite Church held an event May 10 that put Edith Espinal’s story alongside two other mothers: facing separation from children through possible deportation (Espinal), living without a son killed by Columbus police, and leaving behind a child in a refugee camp. The three woman are standing in front. […]

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Doors, not walls: Why LGBTQ inclusion is so divisive in MC USA

7.25. 2018 Written By: Joanne Gallardo 4,352 Times read

I joined the Mennonite church as a teenager. Mennonite Church USA as a denomination was still new, and I found it fitting that I was starting my journey as a Mennonite at the same time this denomination was trying to get itself off the ground. I was pretty convinced this denomination was a perfect fit […]

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Three reasons why gay acceptance has been so divisive in MC USA

7.23. 2018 Written By: Ryan Ahlgrim 5,673 Times read

Since its formation in 2001, Mennonite Church USA has declined from more than 120,000 adult members to about 67,000 adult members today. Most of this loss has been due to congregations, as well as some area conferences, leaving the denomination. Although congregations and conferences have left over a variety of issues, the most prominent one […]

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