Love is a Verb: Do we still neighbor?

Edgar Stoesz grew up on a farm near Mountain Lake, Minnesota. After working for MCC 35 years, he is retired in Akron, Pennsylvania.  He has served on numerous boards and written several books, including Doing Good Better: How to be an Effective Board Member. A version of this story first appeared in the Atlantic Coast […]

Love is a Verb: I love myself — a story of revolution

Jenny Castro is communications associate and coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA. This article originally appeared in the fall issue of Mennonite Women USA’s Timbrel magazine. When my spouse Jake and I decided to marry back in 2001, we knew we weren’t ready to “build our family” quite yet. We […]

Love is a Verb

January 2017: Love is attentive to God

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 contemplative stream Introduction The […]

Love is a Verb

Love is a Verb: Pregnancy Circles empower through community

By Kate Lichti GOSHEN, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — In the Gospel of Luke, when Mary visits Elizabeth, the two mothers-to-be are so filled with joy and the Holy Spirit at their meeting that Mary is emboldened to prophesy. At Maple City Health Care Center (MCHCC) in Goshen, Indiana, staff and patients are also witnessing […]

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Love is a Verb: A rural church remembers and looks ahead

By Kate Lichti SHICKLEY, Nebraska (Mennonite Church USA) — Salem Mennonite Church celebrated its 125th year this fall with the theme “God’s Faithfulness Throughout All Generations.” The theme prompted long-time member Jan Noel to think about the changes that this rural congregation has seen over the years and to preserve some of its memories through […]

Love is a Verb: Gardening with care

Jill Schmidt lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband Ben Gerig where they are members of First Mennonite Church of Denver. She is working as an admissions representative for Colorado Mountain College and as a conflict management class instructor for The Conflict Center in Denver. She also serves as a member of the Mountain States […]

Love is a Verb

December 2016: Love is fear-less

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. Love has been perfected among […]

Love is a Verb: When love does without us

Rev. Joanna Harader serves as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, Kansas. In addition to all of the pastor stuff she does, Joanna also enjoys writing, reading, card-making, and playing board games. You can read more of her writing at SpaciousFaith.com. Several weeks ago I was at a church convention — the 40th anniversary […]

Love is a Verb: Retiring to Peace

Candi Horton has spent the past 25 years starting and growing fair trade stores across the United States and Canada. She has lived in Sonoma, California since 1997 and is recently retired from being co-owner of Baksheesh, a fair trade gift retailer with stores in Sonoma and St. Helena, California. In her work with fair […]

Love is a Verb: Full Circle Thrift realizes a missional dream for Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference

By Doreen Martens ALTADENA, California (Mennonite Church USA) — With a ceremonial snip of the ribbon, Full Circle Thrift officially opened for business Oct. 29 in a beautiful historic building on a major street in the Los Angeles suburb of Altadena. The soaring shop is the fruit of many months of hard work for entrepreneurial […]