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 time of reckoning for men and masculinity

2.15. 2018 Written By: Don Neufeld, Hans Peters and Steve Thomas

By Don Neufeld, board member of Mennonite Men and therapist who works with men; Hans Peters, coordinator for Mennonite Men Canada; and Steve Thomas, coordinator for Mennonite Men USA. Men who are interested in engaging in the work of Mennonite Men can contact the respective coordinators in the U.S. (Steve Thomas) and in Canada (Hans […]

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Hope for the Future: Let’s move some furniture around

2.13. 2018 Written By: Madalyn Metzger

Madalyn Metzger is vice president of marketing for Everence. Madalyn and her husband, Kris Brownlee, live in Bristol, Indiana, and attend the Goshen (Indiana) City Church of the Brethren. Over the course of the past 12 months, I’ve had three different offices. I started out in one that was in the heart of the Everence® marketing […]

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Hope for the Future: Not conformity, but harmony

2.12. 2018 Written By: Joanne Gallardo

Joanne Gallardo is pastor of faith formation at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana. I last attended a Hope for the Future gathering in 2012 and felt pretty out of place and lonely. I was new to ministry and new to the goings on of leadership in MC USA. This year, however, was part family reunion, part […]

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Hope for the Future: I am black. I am a Mennonite. I now see I have a place in the church.

2.12. 2018 Written By: Jerrell Williams

Jerrell Williams is a master of divinity student at Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) Theological Seminary and is student assistant pastor at Pittsburgh Mennonite Church.  I didn’t grow up in the Mennonite church. I always have some reservation when attending Mennonite conferences. I didn’t know what to expect as I traveled from Pittsburgh to San Antonio to attend the […]

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The challenge and consolation of context

2.12. 2018 Written By: Dora Dueck

Dora Dueck lives in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, is the author of two novels and a collection of short fiction, and attends Cedar Park Church in Ladner, B.C. Reach her at I’ve always loved the story of Joseph. It has psychological complexity, conflict, character development, suffering and solace, a well-wrapped ending — everything a good […]

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Well-lit congregations

1.8. 2018 Written By: Gerald and Marlene Kaufman

Gerald and Marlene Kaufman are retired marriage and family counselors. They have authored several books. The most recent is Necessary Conversations Between Families and Their Aging Parents. They have lead numerous seminars throughout the church and broader community.   The Apostle Paul says that God’s people, “people of the light,” dispel darkness by living in a […]

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Christian faith is bigger than white evangelicalism

1.5. 2018 Written By: Martin Shupack

Martin Shupack is an elder in New Hope Fellowship [Mennonite] Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and Director of Advocacy for Church World Service. Though never an easy fit, during the last century many Mennonites adopted beliefs and values shaped by evangelicalism and some call themselves evangelicals, as I have. This article argues that it’s time for […]

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