The riot of Palm Sunday

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. This post is adapted from a sermon she gave there on Palm Sunday. Matthew’s Gospel is a cymbal crashing over and over again. If you’re looking for subtly or mildness, you’ll have to look somewhere else. Matthew is a fog horn with a thousand trumpets blasting in […]

The cost of radical discipleship

Iris de León-Hartshorn is associate director of Operations for Mennonite Church USA. This two part series is based on a sermon Iris gave at Portland (Oregon) Mennonite Church on MLK weekend. Part Two The story of the rich man is also a story of the possibility of redemption for a man whose riches have become […]

The cost of radical discipleship

Iris de León-Hartshorn is associate director of Operations for Mennonite Church USA. This two part series is based on a sermon Iris gave at Portland (Oregon) Mennonite Church on MLK weekend. Part One When I was asked to preach this morning, my first inclination was to say no. When Martin Luther King Jr. weekend comes […]

Leaders of the future: Love, take courage, imagine and don’t go it alone

Iris de León-Hartshorn is the director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. This is the third in a three-part blog series based on a presentation Iris gave on leadership at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in January 2018. In this time of such turmoil in our church and society, I have reflected on what church leaders need to […]

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 […]

MennoTalks: Putting colorblindness in context

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 […]

Justice Should not be Accidental

Glen Guyton is chief operating officer for Mennonite Church USA. As we prepare to gather in Orlando, the leadership of Mennonite Church USA finds itself dealing once again with the question of justice related to the suspended appointment of Doug Basinger, a gay man. The rumblings on social media are calling for members of the […]

Hope for the Future: The church I want to belong to

This is the second post in a blog series from participants in Hope for the Future (HFF), an annual gathering of people of color serving in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. HFF gatherings began in 2012 and initially served to create space for mutual support among people of color in Mennonite Church USA institutions […]