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

A call to action amid COVID-19

5.18. 2020 Written By: Nekeisha Alayna Alexis

God is working — even in chaos. In a matter of months, many of the corrupt systems that peacemakers and liberationists have been struggling and praying to change with limited successes have drastically slowed or come to a screeching halt. After raging fires in the Amazon and Australia, and ongoing worldwide protests for climate action, […]

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12 considerations as you prepare to reopen your church doors

5.4. 2020 Written By: Madalyn Metzger, Everence

As stay-at-home guidelines are eased and church doors and sanctuaries reopen, worship and church ministries will, undoubtedly, look different than before the coronavirus outbreak. And so it should — so that we continue to keep ourselves and our faith communities safe and healthy. But that means pastors and church leaders should prepare for what the […]

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Religious freedom to spread deadly disease

4.13. 2020 Written By: James C. Juhnke

This year’s Easter celebrations have been disrupted by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Here in Kansas, we have been drawn into a debate about the meaning and practice of gathering for religious worship. Last Tuesday, April 7, the Democratic governor, Laura Kelly, issued an executive order that limited religious gatherings to 10 people. On Wednesday, a […]

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Friendship rather than feuding

4.13. 2020 Written By: Siaka Traoré and Lynda Hollinger-Janzen

Photo: Issa Sawadogo and Siaka Traoré visit with one of Issa’s friends, Diallo. Photo courtesy of Mennonite Mission Network. As chair of Mennonite World Conference Deacons Commission, I and three others traveled to Hong Kong to stand in solidarity with our Mennonite brothers and sisters. After worshiping with Agape Mennonite Church on Dec. 1, 2019, […]

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Sacrificing the economy or sacrificing human life? It’s a false choice.

3.26. 2020 Written By: John Tyson

As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, dilemmas of significant moral and theological gravity have surfaced. I find one such dilemma, raised recently in our cultural conversation, especially troubling. Public officials have begun suggesting that Americans must choose between sacrificing economic progress or sacrificing human life. This was uttered first by Dan Patrick, the lieutenant governor […]

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The Bible undergirds human rights

3.9. 2020 Written By: Siaka Traoré

Mennonite World Conference has four commissions that serve the global community of Anabaptist-related churches: deacons, faith and life, peace, mission. Commissions prepare materials for consideration by the MWC General Council, give guidance and propose resources to member churches, and facilitate MWC-related networks or fellowships working together on matters of common interest and focus. In the […]

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Open letter: A call to offer welcome, refuge

2.24. 2020 Written By: J Ron Byler

Photo: A view of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. MCC photo/J Ron Byler Over the past two weeks, I’ve traveled in the U.S.-Mexico border region from San Diego, California, to Brownsville, Texas, with stops in more than 10 cities on both sides of the border. I have seen and keenly feel the pain of […]

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