Advent, waiting … and Legos

Asia is a recent AMBS grad, retreat speaker and former youth pastor. She lives Hillsboro, Kansas, with her husband and daughters where they attend First Mennonite Church. Asia likes board games, gives lots of high-fives and thinks she’s funnier than she probably is.    Back in October I teased my daughters, “The only reason I […]

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 […]

A caring, wounded community … where love reigns

David Janzen completed a career of social work and human resources in 2011 and is living at a retirement community in Goshen, Indiana. He and his wife were among the founding members of Fellowship of Hope Mennonite Church and intentional community in Elkhart, Indiana. Dave has three sons and a daughter-in-law living nearby. His wife […]

Water tree, find Jesus

Ruth Harder is the pastor at Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kansas. Ruth grew up in Hillsboro, Kansas, and is a graduate of Bethel College (’01) and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (’07). Ruth is married to Jesse Graber, a free-lance illustrator and they both do their best to keep themselves and their cats out […]

God’s power at work … within us!

Tina Schlabach lives with her husband, Jay, in Tucson, Arizona. She serves as co-pastor of Shalom Mennonite Fellowship, offers spiritual companioning and visits with women from Central America and Mexico held in immigration detention. Tina loves conversation with friends, reading, hiking, time with her three young adult children and her morning coffee.  I am so energized by […]

Prayer at sunrise

Mary Kratz is a retired nurse practitioner. Since retirement she is engaged in offering spiritual direction and also volunteers in the Chaplain’s Department at a local hospital. She attends Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Mary’s reflection was submitted by the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. This past summer, my husband and I were preparing to […]

Ervin Stutzman

Setting the Table for Civility

Ervin Stutzman is executive director of Mennonite Church USA. Over the next days and weeks, many of us will celebrate the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Perhaps we’ll sit at the table with friends or loved ones, or gather for meals with work associates or fellow church members. While we might wish the holidays would be […]

Consider the lilies

Leonard M. Dow began his role as stewardship and development specialist with Everence in April 2017. He helps Christian individuals and communities in urban areas to strengthen, sustain and build their financial capacity. Previously he served as pastor of Oxford Circle Mennonite Church in Philadelphia for almost 20 years. During his tenure, the congregation founded […]

Reflections on matrescence

Kelly Shenk Koontz lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband Peter, where she is an associate with Isaacson, Miller, an executive search firm that works with nonprofit organizations. She currently attends the Mennonite Congregation of Boston. When I sit back and think about the past year, it could be easy to feel overwhelmed. Wars are raging, […]

Just put it on the web!

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA. Since reopening in May, I’ve had many chances to greet visitors and give them a tour of the new MC USA Archives in Elkhart. After showing them the reading room and storage vault, conversation usually shifts to the documents themselves. I’ve gotten […]