Kudos to Mennonite Camps

As part of my annual New Year’s routine, I spent three days at the Highland Retreat near Bergton, Virginia. It was a time to listen to God, experience God’s creation, reflect on the past year, and plan for the future. My times at Highland Retreat have accented many years of positive experiences at Mennonite Christian […]

Becoming a Real (Mennonite) Men

By Ervin Stutzman What does it mean to be a real man? How do boys grow up to become real men? These are crucial questions to ask, given the identity struggles which many men face. I’m grateful that there is a group within our church who helps us wrestle with these questions, and prompts us to […]

We’re a part of Mennonite World Conference

By Ervin Stutzman I spent the third week in May near Basel, Switzerland, participating at the General Council of the Mennonite World Conference (MWC).  It was the first meeting planned by Cesar Garcia, the new General Secretary.  The Council brings together representatives of 101 member conferences in some 60 nations. It has become the primary […]

Learning about race

A few weeks ago, I attended the Damascus Road Anti-Racism Process workshop in Philadelphia. What I learned there helped me make sense of the depth of pathos in our nation following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.  This weekend I also saw this thoughtful reflection on the role of race and the […]

The Power of a Pastoral Blessing

By Ervin Stutzman In a sermon at Parkview Mennonite Church (Harrisonburg, Va.), Pastor Barbara Moyer Lehman reflected on a pastoral practice she remembered from her childhood at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church (Pa.). She recalled how the ministers used to raise their hands high, arms outstretched, when they pronounced the benediction at the end of the […]

We have lot to learn about stewardship

By Ervin Stutzman I recently had the privilege to hear some wonderfully provocative teaching on stewardship. Walter Brueggemann, a prolific author and former seminary professor, taught at the School for Leadership training at Eastern Mennonite University. To see photos or hear the podcasts, go to http://www.emu.edu/seminary/ Walter’s imaginative and disarming rhetoric prompted a basket full […]

En route

By Ervin Stutzman I recently had the occasion to visit the Smith Dairy production facility in Orrville, Ohio. Smith Dairy has been in operation since 1909, so they have celebrated their hundredth anniversary a couple of years ago. Their stated mission is “to treat customers, associates, and owners according to Christ’s example.” That’s a sober […]