Love is a Verb: Pure spiritual muscle memory

Scott Peterson is the Leadership Pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Arizona, where he lives with his amazing wife and two adorable sons. He holds an ever-growing list of hobbies and a Master of Arts in Theology from Fresno Pacific University. You can find his blog and spoken word poetry at truergrit.com. When I […]

Lament and Prayer for Afghanistan

By Iris de León-Hartshorn, director of Transformative Peacemaking, on behalf of Mennonite Church USA Executive Board Staff. “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to […]

Love is a Verb: Sitting at Love’s Table

Jeryl Hollinger lives with his wife, Mary, in the foothills of the Swan Mountain range in northwest Montana where they share the space with a few chickens and ducks – and the welcome wildlife. His spare time goes into a variety of community clubs and the fruit trees, berry bushes and vegetable garden that feed […]

Love is a Verb in Fresno

Steve Ratzlaff is a retired pastor. He has served as pastor of Seattle (Washington) Mennonite Church, First Mennonite Church in Lincoln, Nebraska and Mennonite Community Church in Fresno, California. He and his spouse, Lynette, live in Fresno, California.  Last year, a headline in the Fresno Bee newspaper read: “Breakthrough plan to inspect rental housing approved […]

Love is a Verb

April 2017: Love is justice

The following is an excerpt from Love is a Verb: A one-year spiritual practice resource, written by Leo Hartshorn. The resource explores the 2017 convention theme Love is a Verb through the lens of Richard Foster’s six spiritual streams. Download the entire booklet from the Mennonite Church USA resource center. The social justice stream When […]

Love is a Verb: Love builds relationships through MDS

Karla Friesen lives in Washington, Iowa, as a stay at home mom and community volunteer. She enjoys baking, hospitality, walking, traveling and spending time with her family. Karla represents Mennonite Church USA on the Mennonite Disaster Service Delegate Board. The one key word that my faith boils down to is love. Love is an “active […]

Love is a Verb: Neighbor love finds its way through walls

Tina Schlabach lives with her husband, Jay, in Tucson, Arizona. She serves as co-pastor of Shalom Mennonite Fellowship, offers spiritual companioning and visits with women from Central America and Mexico held in immigration detention. Tina loves conversation with friends, reading, hiking, time with her three young adult children and her morning coffee.   This morning I visited […]

Love is a Verb: Loving our enemies

Rod Stafford is the lead pastor of Portland (Oregon) Mennonite Church. He has also served congregations in Lawrence, Kansas and Pasadena, California. When he is not at the church he likes to ride his bikes, watch baseball and do the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle with his wife, Molly. Three Sundays ago these words […]

March 2017: Love is a spiritual gift

The following is an excerpt from Love is a Verb: A one-year spiritual practice resource, written by Leo Hartshorn. The resource explores the 2017 convention theme Love is a Verb through the lens of Richard Foster’s six spiritual streams. Download the entire booklet from the Mennonite Church USA resource center. The charismatic stream If you […]

Love is a Verb: Loving through brokenness

Colleen Whigham-Brockington is in her 15th year serving as the administrator of Precious Life Ministries and is an advocate for children with special needs. She has over 25 years of experience working in children’s ministry and is a member of Norristown New Life Nueva Vida Mennonite Church. Colleen lives in Norristown, Pennsylvania and is the […]