#WeAreMenno: A new Mennonite communion liturgy addresses concerns of sexual abuse survivors

By Janie Beck Kreider (Mennonite Church USA)—For the past two years, a small group of Mennonite leaders has been gathering to reimagine the way Mennonite Church USA congregations practice communion based on the experiences and perspectives of victims of sexual abuse. This group grew out of a final project that Hilary Scarsella completed in 2012 […]

#WeAreMenno: Christians living out our faith through a Mennonite perspective

Kelly Bates Oglesby is grateful to share life with her husband, Herman. She is lead pastor of Parkview Mennonite Church in Kokomo, Indiana. Kelly is committed to cultural competence, reconciliation ministry and pastoral care.   Parkview Mennonite Church is comprised of a diverse array of people who trod different special paths to become part of […]

#WeAreMenno: A paper airplane

Jonathan Beachy of San Antonio, Texas, has spent a lifetime caring for and being enriched by persons society often rejects.  Those persons have included special needs students in Texas, and prison inmates and indigenous persons in South America.  As a volunteer with Interfaith Welcome Coalition he has seen the face of Jesus over and over in the […]

#WeAreMenno: Being Mennonite

Asia Frye is a seminary student through the Connect program at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. She lives in Hillsboro, Kansas, with her husband and two daughters. Their family attends First Mennonite Church where Asia previously served as youth pastor before becoming a full-time student. She likes table top games, climbing, driving in the demo derby, […]

#WeAreMenno: Just Like Captain America

Sara Mwagura lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband Joseph, and daughter Liliana. She currently works part-time as an Early Childhood Education and Professional Development Specialist at The Family Conservancy. She has had a variety of roles in the field of early childhood care and education, from teaching in preschools to starting early childhood […]

#WeAreMenno: Re-making the good life in New Mexico

Todd Wynward is an author, small-scale farmer, wilderness educator and Mennonite minister for watershed discipleship affiliated with Albuquerque Mennonite Church. He has been engaged in education reform and social change movements for twenty years, and has spent more than a thousand nights outdoors. He and his wife Peg founded a wilderness-based public charter school in […]

#WeAreMenno: The movement of God through simultaneous interpretation

Alma Ovalle Perez is a wife, and a mother of three wonderful teenagers. She is the daughter of Gilberto and Elizabeth Perez.  Alma is a high school Spanish teacher, simultaneous interpreter and writer.  She sits on the board of Mennonite Women USA representing Iglesia Menonita Hispana and is on the executive committee for Southeast Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Women USA. Alma […]

#WeAreMenno: Stories Alive!

In September 2010, Washington Community Fellowship (WCF) embarked on a 40-week worship series entitled, Stories Alive!  Narratives Around the Table, based on the six streams of faith Richard Foster describes in his book Streams of Living Water. In February 2015, for his column in The Mennonite, Ervin Stutzman described these six streams: Contemplative—spending time with […]

#WeAreMenno: I wrestle with empathy

Mariah Martin is currently a junior at Eastern Mennonite University where she studies nursing and plays field hockey. Though her home base is Greencastle, Pennsylvania, she spent the last semester traveling through Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Turkey, Greece and Italy through Eastern Mennonite University’s cross cultural program. She enjoys long talks, writing, rock climbing and anything outdoors. In […]