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Central District Conference votes to restore credentials of Pastor Isaac Villegas

(Mennonite Church USA) – At a regular meeting of the Central District Conference (CDC) Ministerial Committee on August 23, 2018, a unanimous action was taken to restore the credentials of Isaac Villegas, pastor of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This action comes after Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship’s transfer of membership from Virginia […]

Love is a Verb: Community gardening and the harvest of belovedness

Shannon Schaefer is a Master of Divinity candidate at Duke Divinity School and a member of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her interests lie at the intersection of theology of the body, the arts, and creation, and she is particularly intrigued by how these concerns might take shape in the context […]

Love is a Verb: Three times denied

Meghan Florian is a writer from Durham, North Carolina, where she teaches at William Peace University and the Center for Theological Writing at Duke Divinity School. She is the Creative Writing Editor at The Other Journal, and blogs at  As I contemplate this phrase, “Love is a Verb,” I feel stuck. Stuck, because I […]

Love is a Verb: What love feels like

Melissa Florer-Bixler is licensed for ministry in Virginia Mennonite Conference, although she currently serves the people of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church in Durham, North Carolina, as Minister of Nurture. She parents three small children with her husband, Jacob. They worship as a family at Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship. Melissa is active in a group […]

#WeAreMenno: The table is large

Meghan Florian is a writer and editor from Durham, North Carolina. She blogs about theology and feminism at, and is currently at work on her first book. Meghan is a member of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship. After I had been attending a Mennonite church for about six months, someone asked me if I ever felt like […]

#WeAreMenno: Open our mouths

Catherine Thiel Lee is a member and serves her congregation at Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship.  She is a chaplain at University of North Carolina Hospitals.  Catherine has a Master of Divinity degree from Regent College and worked with refugee claimants in Vancouver, British Columbia.  She lives, plays, reads, and lovingly tends a scrappy garden in […]