Rest, recharge and re-energize at MennoCon19

John Bromels is a freelance writer, gamester, puzzle creator, improviser and all-around purveyor of foolishness. He is a freelance contractor with The Motley Fool, covering industrials and oil and gas stocks; you can read his work on fool.com. Dubbed “The Loudest Mennonite” by his wife, he lives in Cincinnati Ohio.  At convention, there’s a lot […]

Smells like The Holy Spirit

Glen Guyton is executive director of Mennonite Church USA and will be giving the closing message at #MennoCon19. The closing worship service for #MennoCon19 is based on Jesus’ sending words to his disciples in John 20, “I Also Send You.” Traditionally, the sending message  at the end of our national conventions  is a charge to […]

Your voice matters: An invitation to delegates

Glen Guyton is executive director of Mennonite Church USA. Join us for #MennoCon19 to help shape your church and programs which allow us to fulfill our vision of healing and hope. It sometimes seems the people on the outside of our denomination value our ministry programs more those who make up MC USA. I regularly […]

MennoCon19: Gathered and Sent

Heidi Regier Kreider has served as conference minister for Western District Conference since 2015 and enjoys the opportunity this gives her to travel from her home in North Newton, Kansas, to visit WDC congregations in other parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma. She previously served as pastor at Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Gainesville, Florida, and […]

What does a historic peace church do when veterans want to join?

by Jordan Waidlich for Mennonite Church USA “Veterans know better than anybody,” said Bob Shelley, from Fort Collins, Colorado, “the value of the message that the Mennonite Church offers of peace.” It might seem counterintuitive, but Jason Boone, a peace and justice minister with Mennonite Mission Network, would agree. Boone has spent years researching the […]

MennoTalk challenge to church: Honor gifts of women

by Erin Bradley for Mennonite Church USA Wednesday kicked off the first convention MennoTalk with a panel of five who paid tribute to 100 years of Mennonite women in the church. The five women discussed past personal and female accomplishments, struggles and celebrations. Alma Ovalle, who serves on the board of Mennonite Women USA, and […]

Worship opens convention in Orlando

Adult Worship When you’re in the stomping grounds of Mickey and Minnie, surrounded by palm trees in the heart of the Sunshine State, you might forget that Orlando history also has its share of despair. That’s something that Sarah Bixler of Princeton, New Jersey, pointed out early in last night’s adult opening worship service. “We […]

A call to the church: Race, class and gender; a social worker’s perspective

Melody M. Pannell currently serves as assistant professor of social work and chairperson for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Eastern Mennonite University. She also serves as the chairperson of the Religious Affairs Committee for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham, Virginia, local branch of the NAACP. It is her life mission to embody practical theology through the values and ethics […]

Spiritual resilience in hard times

Sarah Augustine is the executive director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties. She is also adjunct professor of sociology at Heritage University. Sarah is the co-founder of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund (SIHF), where she has advocated for Indigenous Peoples whose health and communities are threatened by resource extraction since 2004. She […]