Journey Forward: God invites

Over the next few months we’ve invited folks from across Mennonite Church USA to reflect on our Journey Forward and consider how they’ve seen Renewed Commitments at work in their lives, their congregation or community. If you’d like to contribute to this series by highlighting stories that bring our shared values to life, email JenniferC@MennoniteUSA.org.  Lorie Hershey is pastor of West […]

On sitting in the mess

Regina Shands Stoltzfus teaches in the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies department at Goshen (Indiana) College, where her courses include Race, Class and Ethnic Relations; Personal Violence and Healing; Spiritual Path of the Peacemaker; and Transforming Conflict and Violence. She is co-founder of the Roots of Justice Anti-Oppression Process (formerly the Damascus Road Anti-Racism Process). Regina is a member of […]

Look and Live: Jesus, Emmett Till and the Bronze Serpent

Horace McMillon serves as the tent making pastor of Open Door Mennonite Church of Jackson, Mississippi. He and Monique, his bride of 21 years have two teenage children. Prior to their move to Jackson, Horace served as associate pastor of the Community Mennonite Church in Markham, Illinois. He is the author of “No Mo’Broke: Seven Keys […]

Leadership: God calls broken vessels

Iris de León-Hartshorn is the director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. This is the first in a three-part blog series based on a presentation Iris gave on leadership at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in January 2018. Being a leader in this time in our history is tough. Institutions, including the church, have lost a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hope for the Future: Derecho que no se defiende es derecho que se pierde

This is the fourth 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 […]

Hope for the Future: Maybe that’s you and me

This is the fifth in a blog series from participants in Hope for the Future (HFF), a 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 and agencies. […]

Youth leaders gather, explore issues of racism

(Mennonite Church USA)—The 2015 Youth Ministry Council (YMC) gathering drew 45 youth pastors, leaders and sponsors — representing 10 Mennonite Church USA area conferences — for a time of work and worship at Spruce Lake Retreat Center in Canadensis, Pennsylvania, April 19-22. The event’s theme was “Connecting our Stories: Imagining our Future.” “Youth Ministry Council […]

#WeAreMenno: Stand Up. Use Your Voice. Move Your Feet.

By Liza Heavener (Franconia Mennonite Conference/Mennonite Church USA)—This year marks 50 years since “Bloody Sunday,” an event that gripped the nation and continues to remind us of the injustices faced by Black Americans in Alabama and across the South. On the 50th anniversary, I returned to Selma, Ala., to bear witness to this historic event. This year was […]