A word from a convention junkie

Tim Blaum lives in Goshen, Indiana and is technical director at River Oaks Community Church. He is a 2010 graduate of Goshen College and is serving as technical director for youth worship at Orlando 2017.This post originally appeared at The Gathering Place. Orlando 2017 will be my eighth convention in a row. That will make […]

Love is a Verb: A place I found healing

Jennifer Delanty is a member of Seattle Mennonite Church and mother of four young adults, all in their 20s. She enjoys writing, cats, traveling, African-American history and counting the many blessings of her three-generation household. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; […]

The Future Church Summit: Back to the fundamentals

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 […]

What I learned … from ministry to social work

For 13 years Ross Erb served as associate pastor for Children, Youth and Families at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He now works as a child advocate at Collins Center, a local non-profit that seeks to eliminate sexual violence and it’s impact in the community. When not working, Ross loves to read, garden, […]

Love is a Verb: Pure spiritual muscle memory

Scott Peterson is the Leadership Pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Arizona, where he lives with his amazing wife and two adorable sons. He holds an ever-growing list of hobbies and a Master of Arts in Theology from Fresno Pacific University. You can find his blog and spoken word poetry at truergrit.com. When I […]

Understanding the Future Church Summit: Vision, Themes and Orange Marmalade

Glen Guyton is cheif operating officer and director of Convention Planning for Mennonite Church USA. The Vision In Elijah 19, the prophet Elijah was in despair because of an uncertain future. Jezebel was on his tail. Elijah was afraid and seemingly alone. Elijah found a solitary tree to sit unearth and prepared for his death. […]

Slavery at Angola

Cherelle M. Dessus is legislative assistant and communications coordinator in the MCC Washington Office. This piece originally appeared on MCC’s Peace on the Hill column for PeaceSigns, the online news magazine of the Peace and Justice Support Network. As they slowly waved to me, I felt like a free black person in the North riding […]

What Holy Week teaches us — again

Rachel S. Gerber is denominational minister of Christian Formation for Mennonite Church USA. As a pastor, the story of Holy Week always poses a variety of challenges, like a parent dressing up leftovers to feed the family dinner, again. Turkey meatballs! Turkey tetrazzini! Turkey tacos! As a church we hear this same drama played out […]

Lament and Prayer for Afghanistan

By Iris de León-Hartshorn, director of Transformative Peacemaking, on behalf of Mennonite Church USA Executive Board Staff. “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to […]

Love is a Verb: Sitting at Love’s Table

Jeryl Hollinger lives with his wife, Mary, in the foothills of the Swan Mountain range in northwest Montana where they share the space with a few chickens and ducks – and the welcome wildlife. His spare time goes into a variety of community clubs and the fruit trees, berry bushes and vegetable garden that feed […]