MennoTalks: Making a way out of no way

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 […]

Moving towards competent leadership: Strategies for an anti-sexist church

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. She earned an M.A. in Religion from Duke University and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Melissa is committed to the local church building power for local, systemic change as members of diverse coalitions. She is a board member of Friends of L’Arche North Carolina, a community for […]

MennoTalks: What I told my daughter

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 […]

Raising feminists

Maribel Ramírez Hinojosa is a clinical psychologist in College Station, Texas. She was born in Nuevo León, México, and immigrated to central California in the 1980s where she and her family joined a Mennonite church. Her Anabaptist upbringing and her training as a marriage and family therapist and clinical psychologist were instrumental in developing her passion […]

On trauma and a path toward healing

Erica Littlewolf is from the Northern Cheyenne tribe of southeastern Montana and currently lives in Kansas. She works for Mennonite Central Committee Central States with the Indigenous Visioning Circle where she is committed to the work of decolonization, authentic relationship and healing. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and American Indian Studies […]

New voices speak into the work of the WLP

The Women in Leadership Project (WLP) is an initiative to empower women, in the fullness of who God created them to be, to live out their call in their local congregations and conferences across Mennonite Church USA and to actively contribute to our shared theology. The WLP works to dismantle patriarchy, in all its forms, […]

Reflections on Empowering Parenting

Jenny Castro is a mother of three children, ages 12, 10 and seven. She is coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project and communications associate for Mennonite Church USA. She also serves on the Panel for Sexual Abuse Prevention for the denomination. Jenny is a member of San Antonio Mennonite Church. This post originally appeared […]

Reflections on the Anabaptist Women Doing Theology conference

Laura L. Brenneman is a hospital chaplain and visiting religion professor at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work is at the intersection of biblical studies and peace studies, combining theory and practice. She is the New Testament editor of the Studies in Peace and Scripture […]

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 […]

I finally found my people

Kristin Wood Hasselblad is a life-long nature and animal lover. Following that love, she earned degrees in Wildlife Biology (Bachelor of Science) and Raptor Biology (Master of Science). She decided to check out her local Mennonite church after reading a creation care book published by Mennonites, and has been attending there for the last 13 […]