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

Why church?

5.15. 2017 Written By: John K. Stoner 192 Times read

People need a community, a group larger than themselves, in which to give and receive the possibilities of a fuller life. It can be called a matter of survival, and on one level it is that, but much more. Whatever it means to be human, to be alive and growing, can be discovered only in […]

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Who is Jesus?

5.10. 2017 Written By: Ryan Ahlgrim 139 Times read

Ryan Alghrim is pastor at First Mennonite Church in Richmond, Virginia.  Who is Jesus? The answer, for many Christians, is obvious: Jesus is the Son of God. But there are two problems with that answer. First, most Christians do not know what “Son of God” means. Many think it means that Jesus is the offspring […]

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Congolese Mennonite resiliency

5.3. 2017 Written By: John Roth 173 Times read

John D. Roth is professor of history at Goshen (Indiana) College and director of the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism. This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of The Mennonite magazine. You can read the full May issue online and subscribe to receive more original feature articles and columns like this one.  In […]

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The loss of a loved one

4.19. 2017 Written By: Aldo Siahaan 226 Times read

As we celebrate Easter, I am thinking of lost loved ones. Before Christ was risen, he first had to die. Anyone would be sad to lose a loved one, especially when faced with the reality that we will not see our loved ones on this earth again as they leave us to appear before the Creator. […]

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Better Together

4.13. 2017 Written By: Allie Shoup 190 Times read

In the summer of 2015 I attended the Mennonite Church USA Convention as a youth sponsor for Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, Kansas. I was spending my summer under the loving and guiding hand of Heidi Regier Kreider as a Ministry Inquiry Program intern, where I was given the opportunity to learn by […]

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Living God’s great Shalom

4.1. 2017 Written By: Stephen Kriss 174 Times read

Stephen Kriss is Executive Conference Minister of Franconia Mennonite Conference. Here he reflects on his experience at the recent Constituency Leaders Council meeting in Elkhart, Indiana. This piece originally ran in the March 16 edition of Intersectings. In our commitments for credentialing as pastors within Franconia Conference we agree to giving and receiving counsel.  This week […]

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Black, Brown, and Mennonite: Lessons from the Chicana/o, Puerto Rican, and Black Freedom Struggles for the Mennonite Church

3.27. 2017 Written By: Felipe Hinojosa 263 Times read

We invite you to join us for a series of discussions and lectures on the legacy of the Minority Ministries Council of the Mennonite Church March 30-April 1 at the Greencroft Community Center in Goshen, Indiana. Who were the Minority Ministries Council and why does their work matter? Between 1968 and 1973, the Minority Ministries […]

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