Love is a Verb: I love myself — a story of revolution

Jenny Castro is communications associate and coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA. This article originally appeared in the fall issue of Mennonite Women USA’s Timbrel magazine. When my spouse Jake and I decided to marry back in 2001, we knew we weren’t ready to “build our family” quite yet. We […]

Love is a Verb

January 2017: Love is attentive to God

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 contemplative stream Introduction The […]

Love is a Verb: Gardening with care

Jill Schmidt lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband Ben Gerig where they are members of First Mennonite Church of Denver. She is working as an admissions representative for Colorado Mountain College and as a conflict management class instructor for The Conflict Center in Denver. She also serves as a member of the Mountain States […]

Love is a Verb

December 2016: Love is fear-less

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. Love has been perfected among […]

Love is a Verb: When love does without us

Rev. Joanna Harader serves as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, Kansas. In addition to all of the pastor stuff she does, Joanna also enjoys writing, reading, card-making, and playing board games. You can read more of her writing at SpaciousFaith.com. Several weeks ago I was at a church convention — the 40th anniversary […]

Love is a Verb: God’s love made flesh

As the featured speaker at  Hope for the Future (HFF) in January 2016, Isaac Villegas offered these reflections on the theme of “Love is a verb” as a way into the Bible passage assigned to him for the gathering: Ephesians 4:15-16. This part two of his series of three talks. “But speaking the truth in […]

Love is a Verb: Equipped for love

As the featured speaker at  Hope for the Future (HFF) in January 2016, Isaac Villegas offered these reflections on the theme of “Love is a Verb” as a way into the Bible passage assigned to him for the gathering: Ephesians 4:15-16. This is part one of his series of three talks. “But speaking the truth […]

October 2016: Love is life-giving

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. We know that we have […]

Love is a Verb: Seeing Jesus in the faces of my students

Danielle Miller lives, works and plays in San Antonio, Texas. When not attempting to instill a love of reading and writing to middle school students, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends: swimming to beat the heat, reading together, enjoying the natural world inside and outside of the city, and learning new things […]