Creating a Church Peace Tax Fund: Enabling conscientious objection to war taxes

Harold A. Penner, member of the Akron (Pennsylvania) Mennonite Church, is a religious conscientious objector and a life-long war tax resister. He is the convener of $10.40 for Peace, an affiliate of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee and former board treasurer of the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund. John Stoner lives […]

Living Faithfully in Holy Saturday

Shannon W. Dycus is co-pastor at First Mennonite Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she leads missional and faith formation ministries for the congregation. She is active with Faith in Indiana, a local PICO network of faith communities seeking justice and holds multiple leadership positions with Mennonite Church USA. Shannon has published articles for The Mennonite, […]

Pathways Week Two: Sin, Truth-Telling and Repentance

Journey Forward is Mennonite Church USA’s churchwide renewal process of engaging in Scripture, storytelling and sharing how God is at work in the lives of people and congregations across MC USA. Its purpose is for us to renew our local and denominationwide identity and affirm our core beliefs as we live out the mission to which […]

Blessed Hunger … Holy Feast: God’s steadfast love endures forever

The following is an excerpt from “Blessed Hunger … Holy Feast,” MC USA’s 2019 Lent At Home Resource written by Elsie Rempel. We invite you to use this resource during Lent with your family and adapt it to meet your needs. Download the entire booklet here. Lent 6: April 14-20 Call to worship Leader: Come and […]

The riot of Palm Sunday

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. This post is adapted from a sermon she gave there on Palm Sunday. Matthew’s Gospel is a cymbal crashing over and over again. If you’re looking for subtly or mildness, you’ll have to look somewhere else. Matthew is a fog horn with a thousand trumpets blasting in […]

Learn, Pray, Join: Playing the long game

Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg is a missional discipleship leader and consultant. She and her husband Shem, recently bought a heating and cooling business in the Kansas City area where they live with their three rambunctious children and hope to cultivate a simple church movement. I’ve never been a fan of anything that moves slowly — movies, sports, […]

Pathways Week One: Belovedness and Confession

Journey Forward is Mennonite Church USA’s churchwide renewal process of engaging in Scripture, storytelling and sharing how God is at work in the lives of people and congregations across MC USA. Its purpose is for us to renew our local and denominationwide identity and affirm our core beliefs as we live out the mission to […]

Blessed Hunger … Holy Feast: God makes a way through mighty waters

The following is an excerpt from “Blessed Hunger … Holy Feast,” MC USA’s 2019 Lent At Home Resource written by Elsie Rempel. We invite you to use this resource during Lent with your family and adapt it to meet your needs. Download the entire booklet here. Lent 5: April 7-13 Call to worship Leader: Come and […]

Belovedness and mystery, attentiveness and repentance

This post is part of our Journey Forward series. We’ve invited folks from across Mennonite Church USA to reflect on our Journey Forward and consider how they’ve seen Renewed Commitments at work in their lives, their congregation or community. If you’d like to contribute to this series by highlighting stories that bring our shared values to life, email JenniferC@MennoniteUSA.org.  Mindy Nolt […]

Blessed Hunger … Holy Feast: God reaches out with open arms

The following is an excerpt from “Blessed Hunger … Holy Feast,” MC USA’s 2019 Lent At Home Resource written by Elsie Rempel. We invite you to use this resource during Lent with your family and adapt it to meet your needs. Download the entire booklet here. Lent 4: March 31-April 6 Call to worship Leader: Come […]