Voices Together: Expanding the musical language of prayer

Cynthia Neufeld Smith spent 30 years in Topeka, Kansas as co-pastor of the Southern Hills Mennonite Church. She currently serves as the Service Adventure unit leader through Mennonite Mission Network with her husband in Jackson, Mississippi. She serves on the tune committee of “Voices Together” and brings many different strands to the work of the […]

Learning to bring the peace

This post is part of a #Bringthepeace series. #Bringthepeace is a call to action for individuals and congregations to show peace in their communities, introduced at MennoCon19 by Glen Guyton, MC USA executive director. To contribute your story, contact KaylaB@mennoniteusa.org. Greg Battle has been a member at Lee Heights Community Church in Cleveland, Ohio, for […]

Spiritual direction doctors my spirit

Dan Schrock pastors at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship (Goshen, Indiana), teaches spiritual direction at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, works as a wellness specialist for The Corinthian Plan and offers spiritual direction to others. I have a spiritual director because she doctors my spirit. Like most people, I have a doctor for my body (a nurse […]

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Call to prayer and action in response to the tragedies of gun violence

By Mennonite Church USA Staff with Michael Martin, director of RAWtools Lord, hear our grief… We pray for the lives lost in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois, which join the climbing number of those lost to gun violence in America. Comfort the mourning, the grieving, the broken-hearted. Compel our prayers […]

MennoCon19 reflection: an insider-outsider’s perspective

Originally published by David C. Cramer on his blog, Anabaptist Revisions. David C. Cramer is teaching pastor at Keller Park Church in South Bend, Indiana, and managing editor at the Institute of Mennonite Studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. Two weeks ago my family and I were gearing up to head to […]

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Response to the federal government reinstating the death penalty

By Mennonite Church USA staff “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, […]

Money matters in Mennonite Church USA

Glen Guyton is executive director or Mennonite Church USA.  I received a disturbing memo from a church leader about them having to dissolve a few programs and some internal reorganization due to reduced funding. Money is going to be a thing in determining the future direction of MC USA. That is not a very spiritual […]

Encountering the wisdom of children

Asia Frye is the pastor at Mennonite Church of the Servant in Wichita, Kansas. She is a 2017 graduate of AMBS and an active camp and retreat speaker. Asia lives in McPherson, Kansas, with her husband and two daughters, all of whom are hilarious. You should ask her about her compost. I started my Friday […]

Benediction for #MennoCon19

A benediction by Dr. Sibonokuhle Ncube delivered at #MennoCon19 worship. Peace be with you, Sons and Daughters of God, for whom creation groans, we are made manifest! May we, again and again, experience that power that resurrected Jesus from the dead! I declare grace and peace multiplied to you all from ravaged lands or bounty-filled […]

From the pink edges of MennoCon19

Luke L Miller grew up on a farm near Bellefontaine, Ohio and attended Goshen College before pursuing medical studies in Chicago. He is a cancer physician practicing Radiation Oncology in the Chicago area, where he lives with his husband Christian. Luke and Christian alternate summers at their cabin on Lake Michigan with winters in the […]