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

When Anabaptists were terrorists

11.22. 2017 Written By: Lawrence Ressler 150 Times read

Dr. Lawrence Ressler has spent nearly four decades as a social work professor and academic administrator in Christian higher education including time at Eastern Mennonite University, Messiah College and Tabor College. He is currently professor of social work at Cairn University located in the greater Philadelphia area after serving a year as host at the […]

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An Anabaptist Response to Gun Violence

11.15. 2017 Written By: Hillary Watson 1,122 read

Hillary Watson is a full-time Mennonite pastor at Lombard Mennonite Church in suburban Chicago. She blogs at Gathering the Stones, where this post first appeared. It is reprinted with permission. There is a gap in Mennonite response to mass shootings. After a  shooting, when secular headlines buzz with gory details and harrowing survivals, Mennonite news outlets often continue posting […]

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Sitting in the Silence

11.10. 2017 Written By: Tonya Detweiler 192 Times read

Tonya Detweiler serves as the board treasurer for Mennonite Women USA. Tonya currently serves as president of Blue Diamond Communities in Goshen, Indiana where she lives with her husband Craig and their blended family of five children. In her free time, Tonya enjoys landscaping, entertaining, cooking and traveling. This post originally ran on Mennonite Women […]

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We support Esther Koontz

11.9. 2017 Written By: Jonathan Brenneman 233 Times read

Jonathan Brenneman is Partners in Peacemaking coordinator for Mennonite Church USA. This post originally appeared on the Menno Snapshots blog of Mennonite Church USA.  “We support Esther Koontz, a member of a Mennonite Church USA congregation, as she lives out her peace witness inspired by the church’s tradition and teaching. We support her courageous witness […]

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Trying to do for God what God alone does for us

11.3. 2017 Written By: Mathew Swora 208 Times read

Mathew Swora is Pastor at Zion Mennonite Church, Canby, Oregon.  “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ (Mt 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” These words, so pastoral and prophetic, launched the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago, much to the surprise of the German Augustinian monk […]

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WWI exhibit teaches about peace for today

10.18. 2017 Written By: Ruth Harder 173 Times read

Patriotism. Allegiance. Dissent. Loyalty. Conscience. These are loaded words, often meaning radically different things to different people. How should we honor the flag? How should we protect free speech? What defines a patriot? What does it mean to be loyal and show allegiance, and who defines these things? These are the front-and-center questions facing us […]

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The metamorphosing power of change

10.18. 2017 Written By: Deborah Froese 416 Times read

Deborah Froese is Director of News Services for Mennonite Church Canada. You can read our full coverage of the recent MC Canada Special Assembly here.  For Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers and national office staff, preparations for restructuring have created challenges over the past few years. Reality hit home as beloved colleagues and friends were […]

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