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Stewardship is being committed to mutual aid (part three)

Beryl Jantzi is Stewardship Education Director for Everence. Over the next few months, Beryl will be exploring our historic roots and current commitment to mutual aid as Christians using “Meditations on Christian Mutual Aid” by J.Winfield Fretz. Mutual aid is an essential truth of the Christian faith.  Mutual aid is an essential quality of community. A chief […]

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Pregnancy and patriarchy

Jenny Castro is communications associate and coordinator for the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA. Sue Monk Kidd describes her experience coming out from under patriarchy using the uniquely feminine images of pregnancy. She says, “It was a process not unlike the experience of conception and labor. There had been a moment, many moments, […]

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“Come and See” learning tour travelogue

On Saturday, April 18, a delegation of 13 leaders from Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conferences and other leaders from across Mennonite Church USA arrived in Bethlehem for the first night in a 10-day Come and See learning tour to Israel / Palestine. Participants include: From Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference —Katherine Jameson Pitts, conference minister —Dave Hockman Wert, PNMC […]

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Convention tips for youth pastors and sponsors

Asia Frye is a Master of Divinity Connect student through Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and the former youth pastor of First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro, Kansas, where she lives with her husband and daughters. She serves on the worship planning team for KC2015. I have learned a few things from taking youth to the last three conventions. Inevitably, […]

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#WeAreMenno: grit and grace

Kristen Shelly Matthews is one class away from completing a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from DeVry University.  She works as the office manager of GTECH Strategies, a nonprofit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2010, Kristen graduated from Bluffton University with a degree in Sociology. Kristen grew up in Rochester, New York. She and her […]

Liza Heavener with Congressman John Lewis of Georgia. (Photo provided)

#WeAreMenno: Stand Up. Use Your Voice. Move Your Feet.

By Liza Heavener (Franconia Mennonite Conference/Mennonite Church USA)—This year marks 50 years since “Bloody Sunday,” an event that gripped the nation and continues to remind us of the injustices faced by Black Americans in Alabama and across the South. On the 50th anniversary, I returned to Selma, Ala., to bear witness to this historic event. This year was […]

Brad and Lici Roth and family. Brad serves as pastor of West Zion Mennonite Church, Moundridge, Kan. (Photo provided)

#WeAreMenno: Spiritual ‘seed bombs’ sprout new life at West Zion Mennonite

By Janie Beck Kreider (Mennonite Church USA)—“Seed bombs” (or “green grenades”) are little balls of seeds and soil, the “weapons” of guerrilla gardeners around the world whose mission is to introduce life into neglected or hard-to-reach plots of earth. Under the right circumstances, seed bombs can produce something beautiful or useful, like a geranium or […]

Yvonne Platts, minister of youth and community life at Nueva Vida Norristown (Pa.) New Life.

#WeAreMenno: The Servant of the Lord: Reflections on Bloody Sunday

By Yvonne Platts (Franconia Mennonite Conference/Mennonite Church USA) This year marks the 50th anniversary of three significant events in the Civil Rights movement in the United States: The Voting Rights Act, which prohibited racial discrimination in voting laws and practices; the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, part of the movement of rights for African-Americans; and “Bloody Sunday,” when […]

John D. Roth, professor of history at Goshen College, was one of the speakers at an event held April 11 at North Goshen (Ind.) Mennonite Church and sponsored by Mennonite Church USA’s Interchurch Relations Reference Group. (Photo by Jason Bryant)

‘Seeking the gifts of others as if our lives depended on it’

Event looks to interchurch relations for models for intra-church relations GOSHEN, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)—“What are Mennonites learning from interchurch relations that might help us be church together within our own Mennonite community?” Nearly 40 participants engaged this question at a gathering held April 11 at North Goshen (Ind.) Mennonite Church and sponsored by the […]

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Executive Board lays groundwork for summer Delegate Assembly

(Mennonite Church USA)—Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) met April 6–8 in Kansas City, Mo., to prepare agenda for delegates to process at this summer’s Delegate Assembly in Kansas City (June 30–July 5), update the goals in the Purposeful Plan, and discuss the possibility of having fraternal or associate relationships within Mennonite Church USA in […]

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#SomosMeno: Se publica el material para el discipulado Empezar de nuevo

[English] La serie de 16 sesiones está diseñada para fomentar el crecimiento en la fe desde una perspectiva anabautista Por Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Indiana/WINNIPEG, Manitoba—(Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU./Iglesia Menonita de Canadá)—Durante 20 años, Palmer Becker alimentó el sueño de tener un material de discipulado anabautista para grupos pequeños y congregaciones. Hoy ese recurso […]

Liza Heavener with Congressman John Lewis of Georgia. (Photo provided)

#WeAreMenno: Stand Up. Use Your Voice. Move Your Feet.

By Liza Heavener (Franconia Mennonite Conference/Mennonite Church USA)—This year marks 50 years since “Bloody Sunday,” an event that gripped the nation and continues to remind us of the injustices faced by Black Americans in Alabama and across the South. On the 50th anniversary, I returned to Selma, Ala., to bear witness to this historic event. This year was […]

Brad and Lici Roth and family. Brad serves as pastor of West Zion Mennonite Church, Moundridge, Kan. (Photo provided)

#WeAreMenno: Spiritual ‘seed bombs’ sprout new life at West Zion Mennonite

By Janie Beck Kreider (Mennonite Church USA)—“Seed bombs” (or “green grenades”) are little balls of seeds and soil, the “weapons” of guerrilla gardeners around the world whose mission is to introduce life into neglected or hard-to-reach plots of earth. Under the right circumstances, seed bombs can produce something beautiful or useful, like a geranium or […]

Yvonne Platts, minister of youth and community life at Nueva Vida Norristown (Pa.) New Life.

#WeAreMenno: The Servant of the Lord: Reflections on Bloody Sunday

By Yvonne Platts (Franconia Mennonite Conference/Mennonite Church USA) This year marks the 50th anniversary of three significant events in the Civil Rights movement in the United States: The Voting Rights Act, which prohibited racial discrimination in voting laws and practices; the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, part of the movement of rights for African-Americans; and “Bloody Sunday,” when […]

Kristen Shelly Mattews

#WeAreMenno: grit and grace

Kristen Shelly Matthews is one class away from completing a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from DeVry University.  She works as the office manager of GTECH Strategies, a nonprofit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2010, Kristen graduated from Bluffton University with a degree in Sociology. Kristen grew up in Rochester, New York. She and her […]

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#WeAreMenno: gardening together

Cara Rufenacht is a website designer and photographer living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She started her own business in 2013 after working for several years in non-profit communications. Cara grew up in Archbold, Ohio and graduated from Bluffton University. She is married to Joseph Delphia, a teacher and ceramic artist. Cara and Joe attend Pittsburgh Mennonite […]

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