#WeAreMenno: On Mennonite maternal collaboration

Rachel Epp Buller is Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Design at Bethel College. Much of her creative and critical (and often collaborative!) practice centers on intersections of art and the maternal, including her book, “Reconciling Art and Mothering”(Ashgate) and an in-progress collaboration on Inappropriate Bodies. She and Kerry Fast met in person only after […]

#WeAreMenno: Preventing child abuse, the work of the church

Anna Groff began as executive director of Dove’s Nest on August 1. She works from her home in Tucson, Arizona, where she lives with her husband, Brian Miller, and one-year-old daughter, Ella. When I share with people about my new role with Dove’s Nest, I hear everything from, “I thought child protection policies were required […]

#WeAreMenno: Young adults speak out at KC2015

Conversations provide structure for feedback By Janie Beck Kreider (Mennonite Church USA) — Approximately 40 young adults at KC2015 — the Mennonite Church USA convention held June 30–July 5 in Kansas City, Missouri — gathered July 3 for an evening of synergistic conversation on a range of church-related topics. “We wanted to create a space […]

#WeAreMenno: The Shalom Project

Nathan Grieser lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with his wife Kate and daughter Ivy. He enjoys directing The Shalom Project, bicycle commuting, making music and growing fruits and vegetables in his city-sized backyard. Nathan is passionate about participating in God’s process of restoration and transformation alongside The Shalom Project participants. Lancaster (city), Pennsylvania, is a small […]

#WeAreMenno: Bubbles, puddles and Mountain States Mennonite Conference

Rhoda M. Blough is the Church Relations Representative for Everence Financial Advisors and her office is located in Denver, Colorado. Rhoda is a key resource to congregations and individuals on stewardship issues particularly as it relates to integrating faith values with finances, utilizing the wide variety of stewardship services through Everence. Rhoda received a seminary […]

#WeAreMenno: The night I didn’t quit

Barbara Yoder teaches English as a Second Language at the University of Kansas.  Formerly, she worked as an art museum educator at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee.  She and her husband, Roger Martin, belong to Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, Kansas, where they both serve on the worship committee. This […]

#WeAreMenno: On love, journey and shoes

Marty Lehman is the administrative pastor at College Mennonite Church, a large congregation located on the Goshen College campus. Previously she served in administrative roles at various Mennonite organizations; most recently as the associate executive director for Mennonite Church USA Executive Board. She and her husband, Rex Hooley, live in Goshen, Indiana. What does it […]

#WeAreMenno: The night I didn’t fight

Roger Martin conceived and edited Explore, a University of Kansas research magazine that won 12 national awards in 14 years.  In 1990 a panel of Newsweek jurors named it one of the nation’s 10 best college/university magazines.  After that, he wrote commentaries about KU research that were broadcast on Kansas Public Radio, an NPR carrier, […]

#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 […]