I’ve got the power! Reflecting on years of Women Doing Theology

Cynthia Lapp is a pastor at Hyattsville (Maryland) Mennonite Church. This month she celebrates 30 years of living and working in the Washington D.C. area. Cynthia is married to Eric Stoltzfus and is the proud mother of Cecilia, Jamie and Elijah. As a young seminarian, I heard about the (controversial) ecumenical “Re-imagining” conference in 1993. […]

God is love

Abby King is a first-year at Goshen College, studying journalism with a minor in Bible and Religion. She is a part of the Youth Worship Planning Committee for Orlando 2017. She is a member at Ridgeview Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This post originally appeared on the Mennonite Church USA convention blog. When I was […]

Love is a Verb: Seeing Jesus in the faces of my students

Danielle Miller lives, works and plays in San Antonio, Texas. When not attempting to instill a love of reading and writing to middle school students, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends: swimming to beat the heat, reading together, enjoying the natural world inside and outside of the city, and learning new things […]

Sexual abuse is not a “Catholic problem”

Anna Groff is chair of the Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention and the executive director of Dove’s Nest: Faith Communities Keeping Children and Youth Safe. I encourage you to watch the movie Spotlight with your friends, small group or Sunday school class. Not only is it an incredible movie, but it can lead to eye-opening […]

I’ve got the power! Small but mighty

Sarah Ann Bixler is a Ph.D. student in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, focusing on Christian education and formation. She has served throughout Mennonite Church USA in education, youth ministry, curriculum writing and conference leadership. She currently chairs the Orlando 2017 adult worship planning committee. Sarah lives with her husband, Benjamin, and their three children in New […]

New hymnals and the politics of Mennonite music

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA. “P.S. Change is not always a sign of growth but could also be a sign of shriveling, death, and decay.” This is how one chorister from Ohio ended his six-page letter to Mary Oyer in 1963. It crossed her desk at Goshen […]

Walking the Camino

Terry Shue is director of Leadership Development for Mennonite Church USA. This summer I was given the gift of a six-week sabbatical through Mennonite Church USA. The older we get (I turned 59 this summer), the more we realize how precious the gift of time is! Thank you! During this time, my wife Kay and […]

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Executive Board staff transitions

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) staff announces recent and current staff transitions: André Gingerich Stoner of South Bend, Indiana, resigned from his role as director of Holistic Witness on Aug. 1. He will continue in a half-time role as director of Interchurch Relations with several special assignments for the […]

Financial education for seminarians makes a difference

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education for Everence. Everence currently partners with four seminaries (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Ashland Theological Seminary, Bethany Theological Seminary and Eastern Mennonite Seminary) assisting students with personal money management life skills. The first three seminaries listed above also participate, along with 64 other seminaries across the country, in a […]

Love is a Verb: Learning to love

Jill Stemple gets to see the world of mental health from both sides as a grant manager for the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and a person living with mental illness. Her hands are rarely still between quilting, knitting, collaging and gardening. She is a member of Community Mennonite Church of […]