Spiritual Road Map

Shana Peachey Boshart is formation minister for Central Plains Mennonite Conference, long time youth ministry worker, wise parent and adoring grandparent. Shana is no stranger to faith formation and has spearheaded some amazing initiatives like: Step Up, a leadership development program for Mennonite youth to learn the dynamics of church polity, and Anabaptist Faith Formation Network, […]

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 […]

Stigmatizing and separating, a parent’s plea

Jill Minter lives with her husband Douglas and daughter Laura in Louisville, Colorado. She works for the EPA as an environmental scientist, keeping drinking water clean and safe. She is also a passionate gardener, photographer, skier and traveler. This piece originally appeared on Anabaptist Disability Network‘s  Moving Beyond Ablesism column for PeaceSigns, the online news magazine of the […]

Raising the bar, healthy boundaries and training the trainers

Terry Shue is director of Leadership Development for Mennonite Church USA. My backyard adjoins three of my neighbors’ properties, each one with a different type of boundary. One is a six-foot-high solid wooden fence; the other boundary is made up of nice groupings of trees and a grape trellis; and the third is a less […]

New voices speak into the work of the WLP

The Women in Leadership Project (WLP) is an initiative to empower women, in the fullness of who God created them to be, to live out their call in their local congregations and conferences across Mennonite Church USA and to actively contribute to our shared theology. The WLP works to dismantle patriarchy, in all its forms, […]

No need to be a know-it-all

Eric Massanari is chaplain at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton, Kansas. Eric is a member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. Here is a story from the fourth century Desert Fathers and Mothers of Egypt and Palestine: Abba Amoun came to Abba Sisois saying: ‘When I read Scripture, I long to prepare elaborate comments, […]

Love is a Verb: Free to love

Britt Carlson is the pastor of community life and outreach at Portland Mennonite Church. A native Oregonian, Britt holds a bachelor of arts from Seattle Pacific University and a master of divinity from Duke Divinity School. She has served churches in North Carolina, El Salvador, Texas, Seattle and Portland. When not in the office, you […]

The Future Church Summit: Light, Salt and Tenacity

Dr. Luke Gascho is the executive director of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College. He and his wife, Becky, live in Goshen, Indiana, and are members of Waterford Mennonite Church. He assisted in the founding of the Mennonite Creation Care Network and serves on the Anabaptist Coalition for Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery. Luke regularly studies, teaches and speaks on […]

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An open Letter about Endless War and opposing its advance to North Korea

In 2015, Mennonite Church USA adopted the “Faithful Witness Amid Endless War” resolution. It described the United States’ engagement in “boundless and endless war.” Ever since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, our nation has waged perpetual war in pursuit of security from perceived threats of terrorism. Over the past 16 years, the targets […]