Love is a Verb

Love is a Verb: Pregnancy Circles empower through community

By Kate Lichti GOSHEN, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — In the Gospel of Luke, when Mary visits Elizabeth, the two mothers-to-be are so filled with joy and the Holy Spirit at their meeting that Mary is emboldened to prophesy. At Maple City Health Care Center (MCHCC) in Goshen, Indiana, staff and patients are also witnessing […]

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Online theology education opens doors

By Kelsey Hochstetler SUGARCREEK, Ohio (Mennonite Mission Network / Mennonite Education Agency) – Nora Marleni Martínez of Metapan, El Salvador, is in the first group of students in a regional Peace and Justice Institute program of the Seminario Anabautista Latinoamericano (SEMILLA). Many SEMILLA courses are taught in local centers across Central America and Mexico, but […]

Biology for service: Archival traces of Mennonite environmentalist thought

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA In 1995, the Mennonite Environmental Task Force (METF) organized a “Creation Summit” in Camp Lake, Wisconsin, that brought together farmers, educators, mission workers, and students from across North America. While the goal of the conference was to develop an “Anabaptist theology of […]

The Believers Church Bible Commentary Editorial Council

Jo-Ann A. Brant has been a professor of Bible and Religion at Goshen College since 1993. She is the author of Dialogue and Drama: Elements of Greek Tragedy in the Fourth Gospel (2004) and John: Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament (2011). She has represented Mennonite Church USA on the Believers Church Bible Commentary Editorial […]

Prayer for the city of Aleppo

Carol Penner is a member of the faculty at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario, teaching Practical Theology. This prayer originally appeared on her website: Leading Worship:Worship resources in a Mennonite voice for ears of all kinds. God of angel armies, hear our prayer for your beloved city of Aleppo. Cast out the demon […]

The dividing wall of hostility

Jason Boone is coordinating minister of the Peace and Justice Support Network. I have friends for whom the election of Donald Trump to president is a genuinely frightening event. They feel they will be targeted for harassment by the administration and its supporters on the basis of their skin color, gender, citizenship status, among other […]

Seeking the peace of the city

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Interchurch Relations for Mennonite Church USA. Two days after the presidential election, pastors and church leaders from our neighborhood in South Bend, Indiana met together. We were about half African-American and half white. We ate together, got to know each other better and prayed together. Eleven churches were represented. […]

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Love is a Verb: A rural church remembers and looks ahead

By Kate Lichti SHICKLEY, Nebraska (Mennonite Church USA) — Salem Mennonite Church celebrated its 125th year this fall with the theme “God’s Faithfulness Throughout All Generations.” The theme prompted long-time member Jan Noel to think about the changes that this rural congregation has seen over the years and to preserve some of its memories through […]

I finally found my people

Kristin Wood Hasselblad is a life-long nature and animal lover. Following that love, she earned degrees in Wildlife Biology (Bachelor of Science) and Raptor Biology (Master of Science). She decided to check out her local Mennonite church after reading a creation care book published by Mennonites, and has been attending there for the last 13 […]

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Executive Board issues updated guidelines for proposing resolutions

(Mennonite Church USA) — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has developed updated guidelines for proposed resolutions that serve as “Church Statements.” These statements, which “receive broad support across the church and give direction for Christian faithfulness” often speak to a current issue and provide a vehicle for witness, study, discussion and awareness. Changes to […]