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

Orlando 2017 reflection: The work starts with congregations

7.20. 2017 Written By: Jon Carlson 566 Times read

Jon Carlson serves as lead pastor of Forest Hills Mennonite Church in Leola, Pennsylvania, and assistant moderator of Atlantic Coast Conference. He and his wife, Lyn, have three young children. As one of the delegates who came to the microphone to express concern about the original language of the Future Church Summit resolution during the […]

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Do your own work: Leadership on the front lines

7.20. 2017 Written By: Sarah Thompson 253 Times read

Sarah Thompson is finishing up her term as Executive Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams. She is a licensed minister in Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. A shorter version of this article appeared in the July issue of The Mennonite magazine.  One of my favorite things about my dear friend MJ Sharp was how he did his work, especially in […]

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On being led to places we did not plan to go

7.19. 2017 Written By: Ken Gingerich 1,014 read

Ken Gingerich is moderator of Mountain States Mennonite Conference and attends Albuquerque Mennonite Church.  Orlando 2017 was a real low for me. Actually, yes. It was the convention where I ran into the lowest number of relatives—two second cousins to be exact. Not that many of my relatives are interested in or part of the […]

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The church in labor: A reflection on the MC USA convention

7.18. 2017 Written By: Dayna Olson-Getty 497 Times read

Dayna Olson-Getty is Associate Pastor at Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  “Death is something that empires worry about. It’s not something resurrection people worry about.” – Rachel Held Evans Labor with my first child was fast and fierce. Just two hours passed from the moment my water broke until my son was born. I […]

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Why I abstained from voting on the FCS resolution

7.17. 2017 Written By: Darrin Snyder Belousek 1,696 read

Darrin W. Snyder Belousek is a member of Salem Mennonite Church in Elida, Ohio.  The Mennonite reported that eight delegates at the Orlando assembly abstained from voting on the resolution pertaining to the Future Church Summit (FCS). I was one of the abstainers. My abstention from the vote was not an objection to the FCS, however. […]

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Remember the Egret

7.14. 2017 Written By: Ric Hudgens 256 Times read

Ric Hudgens is co-pastor of North Suburban Mennonite in Libertyville, Illinois. Ric blogged the Convention at This is a condensed version of his weeklong entries. I purposefully walked over to the Orlando Convention Center every morning from my hotel about a half mile away. I welcomed the exercise and the chance to breathe unfiltered […]

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Looking back in order to move forward

7.14. 2017 Written By: Joanne Gallardo 756 Times read

Joanne Gallardo will become pastor of faith formation at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana, on August 14. She currently attends Hyattsville (Maryland) Mennonite Church. I admit it. I love being a delegate. I’ve been a delegate for four different congregations over my lifetime and have attended as many conventions as possible since my first in […]

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