Three good reasons NOT to get Voices Together (And three bad ones)

This article is part of our series on Voices Together, a new worship and song collection coming fall 2020 from MennoMedia, in partnership with Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. Sarah Kathleen Johnson is the worship resources editor for Voices Together and the editor of the Voices Together: Worship Leader Edition. Originally from Waterloo, […]

California Mennonite church leaders gather for climate change retreat

By Katerina Friesen This article is shared from Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference.   “I’m beginning to wonder, is the gospel that we’ve preached too small?” one of the church leaders pondered at a recent climate retreat called “Who Cares about Climate Change: Pastoral Response to Denial and Despair,” led by Doug Kaufman, director of Pastoral […]

Learn Pray Join: Why Jesus would care about climate change

Christy Miller Hesed attends Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, Kansas. She earned an M.S. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology and a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Maryland. She most recently directed a research project that engaged rural churches and government agencies to promote coastal resilience to climate change on the Chesapeake Bay. […]

Climate change as a spiritual crisis

Douglas Kaufman is a director of pastoral ecology at the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions, Goshen College, and pastor of Benton Mennonite Church, who began creation care ministries in response to too much manure in the Elkhart River where they baptize. He is completing a Th.M. in ecology from the University of Toronto.   When […]

Learn Pray Join: Wild Church communion liturgy

Katerina Friesen lives in Fresno, California on traditional Yokuts land, and works with incarcerated people to create healing spaces through the Insight Garden Program. She pastors Wild Church, a community seeking to reconnect with God and all creation in their watershed.   Over the past year, I have been nurturing an ecclesial experiment in Fresno, […]

Learn, Pray, Join: What’s Your Creation Care Story?

Katie Isaac is the current Climate Futures Fellow for the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She recently graduated from Fresno Pacific University with an environmental science degree and has been researching Christian climate communication for the past two years.   When my family moved from Kansas to California, the Sierra Nevada Mountain […]

Giving hope, peace and reconciliation at Los Angeles Faith Chapel

This post is part of our #BringThePeace series. #BringThePeace is a call to action for individuals and congregations to extend peace in their communities. It is also our prayer inviting God to bring the peace that expands our capacity for empathy, compassion and love that actively seeks to dismantle oppression and violence. Learn more at mennoniteusa.org/bringthepeace.   Anthonia Onye is […]

Why and how should we sing interculturally?

This article is part of our series on Voices Together, a new worship and song collection coming fall 2020 from MennoMedia, in partnership with Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. By Katie Graber The Voices Together collection will include songs and worship resources in over 40 languages. This diversity represents over two dozen languages used […]

Creating mandalas as spiritual practice

Jane Thorley Roeschley recently retired from 19+ years in pastoral ministry at Mennonite Church of Normal where she gave leadership to worship and lay ministries. She is now re-focusing her ministry to what she informally calls Threshold Ministries — spiritual direction, retreats and pilgrimage. Jane resides with her husband on their farm in central Illinois […]

Oral History: Being church together

This post is part of a series from the MC USA Archives Oral History Project that seeks to document and preserve the voices of young people, ages 24-40, who are part of MC USA. The excerpts below are from an informal, longer spoken interview and edited for clarity. Interviewees did not receive the questions beforehand and responses were […]