The Future Church Summit: A love letter to my denomination

The Future Church Summit (FCS) will take place July 6-8, at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando. It will be a generative, open space for denomination-wide conversation — to dream together, reset priorities and engage one another in answering the question: How will we follow Jesus as Anabaptists in the 21st century? Leading up […]

Ten tips for surviving convention (from the eyes of a youth leader)

Renee Reimer is the director of Youth and Outreach Ministries at Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kansas and a connect student at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. She loves the mountains, creating music, cooking delicious food, and intergenerational communities (and loves it even more when they all are happening at the same time). This post […]

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Seeking peace in Israel and Palestine

UPDATE: The Review process for the Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine resolution has been completed. The final version of the resolution, which will be considered by the Delegate Assembly in Orlando this summer, can be found here. An invitation for counsel and feedback for a revised resolution on Israel/Palestine. A resolution on Israel-Palestine was brought to delegates at […]

To embody God’s love

Jon and his wife, Megan Leaman Heinly, are from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but are currently living in New Haven, Connecticut where he is completing his Master of Divinity at Yale Divinity School. Jon is passionate about youth ministry and prior to seminary, he served as youth minister for Lancaster Mennonite School and Lancaster Conference of Mennonite […]

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 […]

Surprises and blessings!

Kent Miller is a pastor at First Mennonite Church in Middlebury, Indiana, where he focuses on worship, preaching, crises and senior care. He and his spouse, Jill, enjoy spending time with people, especially their two daughters, son-in-law, three grandchildren and extended family. This post originally appeared on the Mennonite Church USA convention blog. Can I […]

Love is a Verb: First things first

Sarah Ann Bixler deeply loves Mennonite Church USA and its commitment to God’s healing and hope. She has served throughout Mennonite Church USA in education, youth ministry, curriculum writing and conference leadership. Sarah lives with her husband, Benjamin, and their three children in New Jersey and they attend Oxford Circle Mennonite Church. Sarah is graduating […]

Better Together: The collective encounter of Jesus

Sarah Ann Bixler deeply loves Mennonite Church USA and its commitment to God’s healing and hope. She has served throughout Mennonite Church USA in education, youth ministry, curriculum writing and conference leadership. Sarah is currently a Master of Divinity student at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, where she lives with her husband, Benjamin, and […]

Convention tips for youth pastors and sponsors

Asia Frye is a Master of Divinity Connect student through Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and the former youth pastor of First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro, Kansas, where she lives with her husband and daughters. She serves on the worship planning team for KC2015. I have learned a few things from taking youth to the last three conventions. Inevitably, […]