Message to the Swarm: Five reasons to find us in Orlando

A joint message from the Mennonite colleges and universities Swarming excited youth clamoring to get into the exhibit hall on the first night of convention…it is one of our favorite times of the week. That moment captures much about convention: the energy and enthusiasm of our denomination’s young people, the eagerness to make connections, the […]

Love is a Verb: Engaging men to love

Steve Thomas is coordinator of Mennonite Men, the men’s organization of Mennonite Church USA. Steve lives in Goshen, Indiana. The mission of Mennonite Men is engaging men to grow, give and serve as followers of Jesus. For more information visit MennoniteMen.org. In a gathering of men, Ben[i], a 30-something man, shares from his heart. He […]

Eight questions with … Yvonne Diaz

Yvonne Diaz is a member of Mennonite Church USA Executive Board. This post originally appeared on TheMennonite.org as part of its Seven Questions series. Seven question interviews are compiled by Hannah Heinzekehr. Name: Yvonne Diaz Hometown: Terlingua, Texas Home congregation: Iglesia Menonita Comunindad de Vida, San Antonio Member of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board […]

Affording College: Before, During and After

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education for Everence, a faith based financial services company of Mennonite Church USA, which serves all who are interested in integrating their faith with their finances. There is an old adage that says, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is […]

Love is a Verb

June 2017: Love is embodied

The following is an excerpt from Love is a Verb: A one-year spiritual practice resource, written by Leo Hartshorn. The resource explores the 2017 convention theme Love is a Verb through the lens of Richard Foster’s six spiritual streams. Download the entire booklet from the Mennonite Church USA resource center. The incarnational stream Now he […]

The Future Church Summit: A look at our history and hopes for renewal

Hyun Hur, is co-director of ReconciliAsian, a peace center in Los Angeles that encourages local Korean immigrant churches and other ethnic churches to explore what it means to participate in God’s ministry of reconciliation locally and globally. He is also co-pastor of Mountain View Mennonite Church, a small multi-ethnic church located in Upland, California. The […]

Young Adult Rundown: Orlando 2017

Hannah Chappell-Dick grew up in Bluffton, Ohio. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in 2016 and is currently doing a year of voluntary service with DOOR Atlanta. An avid runner, Hannah competes on the track for Atlanta Track Club Elite. This piece originally appeared on Hannah’s personal blog, Dwelling in Motion, and on Mennonite […]

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 […]