Holy hopelessness

Denise Reesor is program director at Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADN). ADN serves to nurture communities and congregations into becoming more inclusive to families and individuals touched by disabilities. She also studies school psychology where she loves learning about how to support the learning and emotional needs of children. Denise can be contacted at Denise@adnetonline.org. She […]

When awe breaks in

Jenna Liechty Martin serves as executive director at Camp Friedenswald (Cassopolis, Michigan), the camp of Central District Conference, where she lives with her husband, Peter, and son, Henry. She enjoys walking the woods, especially in the freshly fallen snow. From Mary’s Song: My soul proclaims with wonder The greatness of the Lord; Rejoicing in God’s […]

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Relationship-building with Jewish-Christian dialogue

(Mennonite Church USA) – On November 1, 2017, Professor John Kampen of Methodist Theological School in Ohio attended the Jewish-Christian dialogue sponsored by the National Council of Churches (NCC) and the National Council of Synagogues (NCS). This is the third time Kampen has attended this biannual event on behalf of Mennonite Church USA. The NCS […]

Writers gather to plan Journey Forward draft

(Mennonite Church USA) – The five-person Journey Forward writing team — Sarah Bixler (Princeton, New Jersey), Jon Carlson (Leola, Pennsylvania), Natalie Francisco (Chesapeake, Virginia), Jack Swaim (Boise, Idaho) and Isaac Villegas (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) met for the first time on Dec. 11-13 in Washington D.C. to begin their work with Journey Forward, a churchwide […]

Welcome the stranger

Rhoda Miller Blough lives in Denver, Colorado where she works as a Stewardship Consultant for Everence and is a member of Glennon Heights Mennonite Church. She is mom to two fierce daughters and grammy to two feisty grandsons who live right around the corner from her house. One of her passions is to help educate […]

Struggling with an empty lamp

Linda Gehman Peachey is a freelance writer living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Previously, Linda worked for Mennonite Central Committee on women’s concerns and also served with her husband, Titus, as co-director of […]

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Executive Board staff transitions in Mennonite Church USA

(Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) staff announces current staff transitions: Alyssa Bennett Smith completed her service on the MC USA Communications team for EB staff in September. She served as web and social media content manager for nearly three years. Alyssa helped to envision and coordinate the 2015 website overhaul. […]

Awake to abundance

Susie Huser holds an MFA from Naropa University and is completing an MS in Environmental Studies through Green Mountain College. She lives in southern Michigan, where she is serving as Camp Friedenswald’s Outdoor Education and Sustainability intern. Engaging with the natural world through outdoor activities and art has been a source of joy and sustenance […]

Developing leadership strengths in an Anabaptist context

(Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Education Agency/MHS) – Each fall, a different group of leaders gather at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center to start a new term of the Values-Based Leadership Program (VBLP). The program provides resources, relationship building and reflection on leadership development through an Anabaptist lens. Currently, the 2017-2018 program year is between sessions. In October, […]