Jason Kauffman at new archives space

Archives make the move to Elkhart

By Walt Wiltschek ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA archivist Jason Kauffman can’t tell you exactly how many archival items are in the 6,500 boxes that have been carefully packed. “I’m sure it’s in the millions of documents,” he says. That’s about 4,500 linear feet worth of materials, for those of you […]

Hope for the Future: Do you want to get well?

This is the third post in a blog series from participants in Hope for the Future (HFF), an annual gathering of people of color serving in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. HFF gatherings began in 2012 and initially served to create space for mutual support among people of color in Mennonite Church USA institutions […]

Good for Junior Youth, Good for Parents

Asia Frye is the coordinator for junior youth convention in Orlando this summer. She’s a retreat speaker and former youth pastor from Hillsboro, Kansas. She looks forward to graduating from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary this May. This post originally appeared on Mennonite Church USA’s convention website. Early registration for convention runs through March 23. Register […]

The Truth of Ubuntu

Shannon Dycus lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband, Gregory and two sons – ages 4 and 6. She is co-pastor at First Mennonite Church in Indianapolis. The realities of race, power and justice are ongoing conversations as a pastor of color in a predominantly white congregation. The conversations almost always include food and grace. This post originally appeared […]

Step Up

Youth are invited to ‘Step Up’ with a larger voice at 2017 Convention

By Walt Wiltschek HARRISONBURG, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA) — A light bulb went off for Leah Wenger at the 2015 Mennonite Church USA Convention in Kansas City. Delegates at the convention were embroiled in a controversial discussion about two resolutions that would shape the future of Mennonite Church USA — the Resolution on Forbearance in […]

Hope for the Future: The church I want to belong to

This is the second post in a blog series from participants in Hope for the Future (HFF), an annual gathering of people of color serving in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. HFF gatherings began in 2012 and initially served to create space for mutual support among people of color in Mennonite Church USA institutions […]

Resilient peacemaking

Jason Boone is coordinating minister of the Peace and Justice Support Network. Are you exhausted yet? Exhausted from constantly looking at your phone for the latest news, from the constant stress that comes from uncertainty, from the emotion we feel for the most vulnerable in our society, from the feeling that you should be doing […]

Letting it rain … learning to lament

Jane Hoober Peifer resides in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with her husband Daryl. Following 24 years in pastoral ministry, Jane received Spiritual Direction training from KAIROS: School for Spiritual Formation (Lancaster, Pennsylvania). She currently companions folks in Lancaster and in Harrisonburg. She also serves as a leader for two cohorts of new pastors in Mennonite Church USA […]

Ruby Sales

Esperanza para el futuro: juntos para un momento como este

en inglés / English por Jenny Castro HAMPTON, Virginia (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — A medida que los participantes llegaban el 2 de febrero a la Iglesia Comunitaria de Calvary (C3), algo quedaba claro: Esperanza para el futuro (HFF, por sus siglas en inglés) ha logrado generar espacios particularmente seguros para personas de color que […]

Seven (or eight) questions with…Larry Hauder

Larry Hauder is a member of Mennonite Church USA Executive Board. This post originally appeared on TheMennonite.org as part of its Seven Questions series. Seven question interviews are compiled by Hannah Heinzekehr. Name: Larry Hauder Congregation: Hyde Park Mennonite Church, Boise, Idaho Occupation: Experimenting with retirement, involved in consulting work, landlord for a number of […]