The experience of music at Mennonite World Conference Assemblies

Paul Dueck is a retired music educator and presently employed by Mennonite Church Manitoba at Camp Assiniboia. He is passionate about congregational singing and has led music at numerous Mennonite assemblies. Paul is a member of the Voices Together worship and song committee. In the summer of 1978, I attended my first Mennonite World Conference […]

Is there such a thing as a Mennonite song?

Darryl Neustaedter Barg is energized by leading singing in worship in very diverse styles but feels most at home by the campfire. He is also a communicator employed by both Mennonite Church Manitoba and Canadian Mennonite University and a member of the Voices Together worship and song committee. How many of the songs in our […]

Voices Together: Advent Resources

Adam M. L. Tice is text editor for Voices Together. His hymn texts appear in numerous recently published hymnals. He lives in Goshen, Indiana, and attends Faith Mennonite Church. The Fall 2018 issue of Leader magazine includes a section of material under consideration for the Voices Together worship and song book being published in 2020. […]

Voices Together: The work of including Indigenous voices, perspectives and ways of worship in the new Mennonite worship and song collection

Katie Graber is an ethnomusicologist who studies race and ethnicity in a variety of contexts including Mennonite music, American music, and European opera. She has taught classes on Western music history and world music, and she accompanies Suzuki recitals and school choirs. She leads singing at her church in Columbus, Ohio, and chairs the Intercultural […]

Cost Analysis

Over the next few months we’ve invited folks from across Mennonite Church USA to reflect on our Journey Forward and consider how they’ve seen Renewed Commitments at work in their lives, their congregation or community. If you’d like to contribute to this series by highlighting stories that bring our shared values to life, email JenniferC@MennoniteUSA.org.  Ruth Harder is the pastor at […]

Snapshots into Journey Forward: The Reference Council

Mennonite Church USA is building upon the work of the Future Church Summit at #MennoCon17 in Orlando. A dynamic group of writers has been called together to produce a concise description of MC USA’s shared values and guiding theological foundations. We’re calling this process Journey Forward. Over the next few weeks, the Menno Snapshots blog […]

Snapshots into Journey Forward: The Writing Team

Mennonite Church USA is building upon the work of the Future Church Summit at #MennoCon17 in Orlando. A dynamic group of writers has been called together to produce a concise description of MC USA’s shared values and guiding theological foundations. We’re calling this process Journey Forward. Over the next few weeks, the Menno Snapshots blog […]

Prayer transformed

Ruth Yoder Wenger is pastor of North Bronx Mennonite Church in New York City, where she has lived for the past 45 years. Recently retired from 15 years in interfaith disaster, emotional and spiritual care (administration and training), she is happy providing full-time daycare for her first grandchild, born in January. She is a member […]

New hymnals and the politics of Mennonite music

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA. “P.S. Change is not always a sign of growth but could also be a sign of shriveling, death, and decay.” This is how one chorister from Ohio ended his six-page letter to Mary Oyer in 1963. It crossed her desk at Goshen […]

Christian community, conflict and witness

Andre Gingerich Stoner is director of Holistic Witness and Interchurch Relations for Mennonite Church USA. One of my favorite hymns is in Hymnal a Worship Book number 420 “Heart with loving heart united.” This is a hymn about God’s love, Christian community, and a powerful witness to the world. The hymn was written by Nicolaus […]