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“On Our Way” together: Hundreds walk Kansas City streets praying for peace and reconciliation

By Brianna R. Lugibihl Mennonites crowded Kansas City streets for a prayer walk as part of the convention’s opening night festivities. Participants prayed for reconciliation among faith communities and for those impacted by racism, in addition to petitions for environmental justice and peacemaking throughout the world. Participants traveled a mile-long loop from Jefferson to Washington […]

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#WeAreMenno: Re-making the good life in New Mexico

Todd Wynward is an author, small-scale farmer, wilderness educator and Mennonite minister for watershed discipleship affiliated with Albuquerque Mennonite Church. He has been engaged in education reform and social change movements for twenty years, and has spent more than a thousand nights outdoors. He and his wife Peg founded a wilderness-based public charter school in […]

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Sitting with Jesus in the margins

For more than a year, the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network has been posting brief articles about spiritual direction – testimonies that witness to the potential of spiritual direction for encouraging and deepening spiritual growth.  Now the focus of these testimonies expands.  In addition to continuing articles about spiritual direction, the series will also include brief […]

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Doctrine of Discovery series: In spite of all this …

Sarah Augustine is the co-director of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund, a private international charity, and Professor of Sociology at Heritage University where she is also the Director of Student Spirituality. This is her last post in a special blog series on the Doctrine of Discovery. Over the past several months, I have written a series of essays […]

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It Stops With Me

Sarah Ann Bixler deeply loves Mennonite Church USA and its commitment to God’s healing and hope. She has served throughout Mennonite Church USA in education, youth ministry, curriculum writing and conference leadership. Sarah is currently a Master of Divinity student at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, where she lives with her husband, Benjamin, and […]

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Delegate Assembly discusses three resolutions

 KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Mennonite Church USA) – More than 830 Mennonite Church USA delegates considered three resolutions during their July 1 meetings at the Kansas City (Missouri) Convention Center: a statement on justice in the Israel-Palestine region; a resolution calling for “Faithful Witness Amid Endless War”; and a resolution offering acceptance and forgiveness in response […]

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Task Force recommends Hopi Mission School administrative restructuring

(Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Education Agency)—A task force convened in July 2014 to address concerns about the administration and financial ethics of the Hopi Mission School (HMS) in Kykotsmovi, Arizona, presented a list of recommendations to the HMS school board and staff in early June 2015. The recommendations, approved by the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board […]

Michelle Armster addresses youth and adult during combined worship, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Kansas City, Missouri.

Opening worship emphasizes unity

By Meg Short KANSAS CITY, Missouri. (Mennonite Church USA) — This year’s opening worship, a combined service for youth and adult attendees, focused on drawing all together in Christ. Worshipers were encouraged to celebrate the fact that God is doing something great in the midst of God’s people. The theme for the event was “Come […]

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Delegates commit to peaceful deliberations

  By Caitlin Nearhood KANSAS CITY, Missouri. (Mennonite Church USA) — Tuesday’s opening session of the Delegate Assembly focused on coming to agreements peacefully as delegates anticipate making decisions on several controversial resolutions, including questions of inclusion of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) people in the church and a response to conflicts in Israel-Palestine. Elizabeth […]

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#WeAreMenno: Re-making the good life in New Mexico

Todd Wynward is an author, small-scale farmer, wilderness educator and Mennonite minister for watershed discipleship affiliated with Albuquerque Mennonite Church. He has been engaged in education reform and social change movements for twenty years, and has spent more than a thousand nights outdoors. He and his wife Peg founded a wilderness-based public charter school in […]

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#WeAreMenno: The movement of God through simultaneous interpretation

Alma Ovalle Perez is a wife, and a mother of three wonderful teenagers. She is the daughter of Gilberto and Elizabeth Perez.  Alma is a high school Spanish teacher, simultaneous interpreter and writer.  She sits on the board of Mennonite Women USA representing Iglesia Menonita Hispana and is on the executive committee for Southeast Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Women USA. Alma […]

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#WeAreMenno: Stories Alive!

In September 2010, Washington Community Fellowship (WCF) embarked on a 40-week worship series entitled, Stories Alive!  Narratives Around the Table, based on the six streams of faith Richard Foster describes in his book Streams of Living Water. In February 2015, for his column in The Mennonite, Ervin Stutzman described these six streams: Contemplative—spending time with […]

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#WeAreMenno: I wrestle with empathy

Mariah Martin is currently a junior at Eastern Mennonite University where she studies nursing and plays field hockey. Though her home base is Greencastle, Pennsylvania, she spent the last semester traveling through Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Turkey, Greece and Italy through Eastern Mennonite University’s cross cultural program. She enjoys long talks, writing, rock climbing and anything outdoors. In […]

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#WeAreMenno: The table is large

Meghan Florian is a writer and editor from Durham, North Carolina. She blogs about theology and feminism at www.femmonite.com, and is currently at work on her first book. Meghan is a member of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship. After I had been attending a Mennonite church for about six months, someone asked me if I ever felt like […]

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