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

Who cares about climate change?

2.17. 2020 Written By: Katerina Friesen

Photo: Participants at the Jan. 31-Feb. 2 climate retreat in California. Photo provided by the author. “I’m beginning to wonder, is the Gospel that we’ve preached too small?” a church leader pondered at a recent climate retreat called “Who Cares about Climate Change: Pastoral Response to Denial and Despair,” led by Doug Kaufman, director of […]

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Teaching with restorative values

1.21. 2020 Written By: Michelle Jackett

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Education: Restorative justice.” For more stories on this theme, see the January issue of The Mennonite. I have heard it said that when one teaches, two learn. The more teaching I do, the more I am convinced there is truth in this. However, where I once thought that […]

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How to use shareholder advocacy for good

10.21. 2019 Written By: Chris Meyer

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Positive uses of power.” For more stories on this theme, see the October issue of The Mennonite. Since adolescence, I’ve aspired to work toward a just and sustainable world. My motivation stems in part from feelings of dread and urgency about the trajectory of life on earth and […]

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Lessons in pastoral power

10.14. 2019 Written By: Ryan Ahlgrim

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Positive uses of power.” For more stories on this theme, see the October issue of The Mennonite. When people ask me what Mennonites believe, I tell them, among other things, that we pursue a life of service rather than pursue wealth, fame or power. But it’s not quite […]

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As modern settlers, how might we humble and transform ourselves?

10.14. 2019 Written By: Alice Price

Photo: Participants listen as farm manager Jesse Marchildon (center in plaid shirt) shares the history and current developments at the Rio Grande Farm Park. In the background is the MOKI, a mobile kitchen run by the Local Foods Coalition to promote local foods. Photo by Barry Bartel. The river is flowing, flowing and growing, the […]

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Showing up as Love

10.7. 2019 Written By: Chris Hoover Seidel

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Positive uses of power.” For more stories on this theme, see the October issue of The Mennonite. Power involves energy. The ways we engage energy are tied up in narratives, histories, agendas, self-worth, institutions, conditioning, traumas—even our sense of the Divine—and have very real consequences. Have you ever […]

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The cost of an unhealthy America

9.16. 2019 Written By: Craig Saylor

This is a web-exclusive article on the theme “Faith-filled responses to health-care costs.” For more stories on this theme, see the September issue of The Mennonite. Unhealthy in America. These words came to me as I reflected on my life as a consumer, licensed care giver, manager and board member, and hospital executive. My experience as […]

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