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

Advice for congregations and institutions responding to reports of abuse

2.20. 2017 Written By: Stephanie Krehbiel and Jennifer (Jay) Yoder, Into Account 656 Times 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 433 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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Love the stranger as yourself

1.31. 2017 Written By: Safwat Marzouk 93 Times read

Safwat Marzouk is associate professor of Old Testament at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana. He is on sabbatical this semester, focusing on reading the story of Joseph (Genesis 37–50) through the eyes of forced migrants. This piece originally ran on the Practicing Reconciliation blog.  You and I might be citizens or legal residents of the United States, […]

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Practicing compassion in churchwide disagreements

1.30. 2017 Written By: John Paul Lederach 1,666 read

This piece grew out of a request for counsel from Mountain States Mennonite Conference as they considered the request to ordain a pastor in a same-sex relationship. On Dec. 11, Theda Good was ordained at First Mennonite Church in Denver. John Paul Lederach is professor of international peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana) […]

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Why I march, why we march

1.17. 2017 Written By: Hanna Heishman 1,514 read

Hanna Heishman is an alumna of Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she studied Peacebuilding and Development. Currently, she is serving and working in Government Relations and Advocacy for Habitat for Humanity International through Mennonite Voluntary Service.  The night of the election, I attended a party. It was a loud, extravagant gala and I was […]

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Make America great—again?

1.16. 2017 Written By: Cyneatha Millsaps 656 Times read

Cyneatha Millsaps is pastor of Community Mennonite Church in Markham, Ill. This piece ran in the January issue of The Mennonite magazine. Subscribe today for more full-length features and columns each month.  I am sure for many of you, this last political election season in the United States took a toll on your hearts and minds. It […]

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Arguing our way toward a storm-worthy moral canopy

1.11. 2017 Written By: Sara Wenger Shenk 336 Times read

Sara Wenger Shenk is President of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana.  On a mostly sunny afternoon soon after moving to Indiana, with only possible thunderstorms predicted, my husband, Gerald, and I were biking through flat farm fields when a tornado siren blast reached us eight miles out of town. With no shelter nearby, we […]

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