MennoTalks: What I told my daughter

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 […]

Young adults leave convention hopeful for the future

by Jordan Waidelich for Mennonite Church USA Tyler Eshleman is hopeful. He’s not just hopeful because nearly 270 young adults attended this year’s convention, up from 75 in Kansas City. He’s hopeful because they enthusiastically joined in the conversation. “It’s exciting to me because young adults are engaged and involved,” said Eshleman, the young adult […]

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 […]

Mennonites share audacious dreams on second day of Future Church Summit

ORLANDO, Florida (Mennonite Church USA) — Filled with conversation, music, laughter, “audacious visions” and Mennonite “quirks,” the second day of the Future Church Summit at the Mennonite Church USA convention shifted the focus from past to future and from internal to external. The day started by re-visiting the discussion of church history and experience from […]

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Mennonites choose ‘third way’ on Israel and Palestine

ORLANDO, Florida (Mennonite Church USA) — Culminating a three-year process, delegates at the Mennonite Church USA assembly in Orlando on Thursday adopted a resolution titled “Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine,” with approximately 98 percent voting in favor. The resolution addresses the injustices of military occupation as well as the suffering caused by antisemitism. 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 […]

Fruit from the Vine

Katie McKinnell is communications manager for Mennonite Women USA. The year 2017 marks 100 years of Mennonite Women USA! The theme for MW USA’s centennial year and celebration is Fruit from the Vine, based on John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear […]

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 […]