MennoTalks: Welcoming refugee neighbors through community gardening

At the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando in July, planners tried something new. Something they called MennoTalks. Not quite TED and not exactly Pecha Kucha, MennoTalks explored a different topic each day, featuring speakers from diverse perspectives. Topics included Celebrating Women (Wednesday); Race, Religion and Justice (Thursday); and Local and Global Peacemaking (Friday). Over […]

God is Calling the Remnant

Iris de León-Hartshorn is director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. Mary’s Song of Praise  And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the […]

Marching from the margins (part two)

Melody M. Pannell currently serves as assistant professor of social work at Eastern Mennonite University. It is her life mission to embody practical theology through the values and ethics of social work and encourage those that she serves to engage in a transformative journey of emancipatory hope in action and empowerment through holistic, therapeutic and […]

Marching from the margins (part one)

Melody M. Pannell currently serves as assistant professor of social work at Eastern Mennonite University. It is her life mission to embody practical theology through the values and ethics of social work and encourage those that she serves to engage in a transformative journey of emancipatory hope in action and empowerment through holistic, therapeutic and […]

Mennonite Church USA contributing to the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition

[Español] By Jenny Castro (Mennonite Church USA)—A coalition of people from across Mennonite Church USA is working systematically to dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery (DoD), a 15th-century philosophical framework that gives “Christian governments” moral and legal authority to dominate Indigenous peoples and to invade and take over Indigenous lands. According to Iris de León-Hartshorn, director […]

The rich man and Lazarus and the Doctrine of Discovery

Iris de León-Hartshorn is director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA.  She preached a sermon at Portland Mennonite Church on August 16, 2015 based on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus found in Luke 16:19-31. This is an adapted version of that sermon.  This parable is set in the book of Luke, which […]