When the Community Shows up at Your Door

By Danilo Sanchez Danilo Sanchez has been a pastor at Whitehall Mennonite Church and Ripple in the Lehigh Valley for the past 5 years. In 2018 he started serving as the RCI Village Housing Director for Ripple Community Inc. Danilo also works for Franconia Conference as the Youth Formation Pastor connecting with churches in the […]

Caring for the soul of the congregation

Mary Etta King (far right) is pastor, with her spouse Linford, at Covenant Mennonite Fellowship in Sarasota, Florida. She is a trained spiritual director and former director of the Kairos School of Spiritual Formation (Lancaster, Pennsylvania). She also served as Conference Minister of Mountain States Mennonite Conference.   Serving as pastor and spiritual director at […]

Migrant learning tour shows America, church still grappling with original sins

  Wil LaVeist is the chief communication officer for Mennonite Church USA and the senior executive for advancement at Mennonite Mission Network.    A person’s name matters. A name can indicate whether you are family. For an immigrant, a name can determine acceptance. From where our migrant learning tour group had gathered at the shelter […]

Take a deep breath

Jeanne and Ron Sears began The Seasons Retreat, a nonprofit, in 2016 on a working organic farm in Illinois. Trained as spiritual directors and members of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network, as well as Spiritual Directors International, they offer spiritual guidance and lead retreats in their rural setting.   Exhale. Deep breath. This is not […]

Eastern Mennonite Elementary students make a pledge for peace

Elaine Moyer serves as senior director at Mennonite Education Agency to support, network and amplify the extraordinary people who live into their calling to inspire Anabaptist/Mennonite education. She loves hanging out with her grandchildren, staying active and traveling.   What are my default responses when someone confronts me? Do I respond with a clenched fist? […]

What does it mean to be a church in the borderlands?

This blog is a reflection from the Mennonite Church USA group who traveled to Tucson, Arizona, Oct. 19-20, to visit and learn from organizations that serve migrants in the United States-Mexico border state.   Rhoda Byler Yoder lives in Jackson, Mississippi. She was raised by church planter parents, first in the panhandle of Florida, then […]

The line in the sand

Glen Guyton is the executive director of Mennonite Church USA. Warning: If you are not a fan of Star Trek or classic literature, this post may confound you. Ever wonder what Jean Luc Picard and some Mennonites have in common? Lines in the sand, especially when it comes to articulating our fear and facing uncertainty. […]

Language for our theological imaginations: Text editing “Voices Together”

By Katie Graber and Adam Tice This article is part of our series on Voices Together, a new worship and song collection coming fall 2020 from MennoMedia, in partnership with Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada.   The words we sing in worship carry tremendous power to form our theological imaginations. The poetry we […]

Finding God’s peace through record-keeping

Jennifer Halteman Schrock is the leader of Mennonite Creation Care Network (MCCN) and the communications manager for Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College. She lives in Goshen, Indiana, with her husband, Dan, and is part of Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship.    “These things are written so that you may come to believe,” the […]

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MC USA statement on commemorating 1619 and slavery’s ongoing impact and legacy

By Mennonite Church USA staff   This year marks 400 years since 1619, the year when a ship carried enslaved people from West Africa to the British colony of Virginia for the first time. This is a season to grieve for all those who have been dehumanized in our country’s particularly brutal system of slavery, […]