Remember

Seth Thomas Crissman is a licensed minister in Virginia Mennonite Conference and is the youth worship music leader for Orlando 2017. Seth is also member of The Walking Roots Band, a Harrisonburg, Virginia based folk band. He and his wife Theresa work for Virginia Mennonite Missions, helping congregations share and receive God’s love in their […]

I’ve got the power! Tap into the power inside you

Jenny Castro is communications associate and coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA. There was a time in my life where I didn’t recognize that I had much power at all. For a significant portion of my formative years and young adulthood, when I evaluated my position – my status in […]

Love is a Verb: I’m not alone on the journey

Jazmine Rivera is an administrative assistant at Mennonite Central Committee U.S. for National Program. She is a single mother of three girls who is keeping her commitment to Interdisciplinary Studies at Hodges University. She enjoys exploring creative ways to bring new adventures to life with her girls, whether it be in road trips, hikes, building […]

Be sure to put your own (financial) oxygen mask on first

Darryl Dahlheimer is program director of Lutheran Social Services (LLS) of Minnesota, a partner of Everence, who provides free phone-based financial counseling for Mennonite Church USA members. All of us who have flown have heard the flight attendants’ spiel about safety. The part that always catches my attention is the reminder that if you are […]

Love is a Verb: Doing what you can

Mariah Martin is currently a senior at Eastern Mennonite University where she studies nursing and plays field hockey. Though her home base is Greencastle, Pennsylvania, she recently traveled to Haiti with a professor and fellow nursing students to work alongside the organization Midwives for Haiti. She enjoys long talks, writing, rock climbing and anything outdoors. […]

There will always be enough

Rachel S. Gerber is denominational minister for youth and young adults for Mennonite Church USA. We call these three months (June, July & August) “summer vacation.” Vacation?  Really? Parents, I see you. I hear you. I get you. Trust me. With three kids of my own under 10, juggling part-time work (from home), baseball games, […]

Pilgrimage in any season

Marlene Kropf is a spiritual director, retreat leader and retired Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary professor who now lives in Port Townsend, Washington, with her husband Stanley, who enjoys sailing on nearby waters. Marlene is a member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. In spring, Chaucer wrote, “folk long to go on pilgrimages.” Nowadays, the desire […]

Love is a Verb: Finding love in a hopeless place

Saulo Padilla was born in Guatemala. In 1986 he immigrated with his mother and siblings to Canada to reunite with his father who left Guatemala as a political refugee in 1980, during the civil war. Since January 2008 Saulo has been working for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. as coordinator for the Immigration Education National […]

Lord, when will this stop?

Ervin Stutzman is executive director for Mennonite Church USA. I’m writing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where I’m a guest at Mennonite Church Canada’s biennial assembly. When we gathered on Wednesday evening, we sang, “By the Rivers of Babylon, we sat and wept….” Several times during our assembly, we were encouraged to express lament for some of […]