Catching glimpses through the fog

Jenny Castro is a communications associate and coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project for Mennonite Church USA. It was recently my birthday. Every year for the last 20 years, I’ve awaited the feeling of having arrived. I’ve anticipated the wisdom that comes with age, the confidence and the satisfaction of knowing. Every year I […]

For the body tells me so

Chris Hoover Seidel is a spiritual director and Reiki practitioner and is on staff at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. She is a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary and attends Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she lives with her family. Her work, “Sophia at the Crossroads: Dismantling Patriarchy […]

Moving towards competent leadership: Strategies for an anti-sexist church

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. She earned an M.A. in Religion from Duke University and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Melissa is committed to the local church building power for local, systemic change as members of diverse coalitions. She is a board member of Friends of L’Arche North Carolina, a community for […]

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 […]

Raising feminists

Maribel Ramírez Hinojosa is a clinical psychologist in College Station, Texas. She was born in Nuevo León, México, and immigrated to central California in the 1980s where she and her family joined a Mennonite church. Her Anabaptist upbringing and her training as a marriage and family therapist and clinical psychologist were instrumental in developing her passion […]

On trauma and a path toward healing

Erica Littlewolf is from the Northern Cheyenne tribe of southeastern Montana and currently lives in Kansas. She works for Mennonite Central Committee Central States with the Indigenous Visioning Circle where she is committed to the work of decolonization, authentic relationship and healing. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and American Indian Studies […]

New voices speak into the work of the WLP

The Women in Leadership Project (WLP) is an initiative to empower women, in the fullness of who God created them to be, to live out their call in their local congregations and conferences across Mennonite Church USA and to actively contribute to our shared theology. The WLP works to dismantle patriarchy, in all its forms, […]

Reflections on the Anabaptist Women Doing Theology conference

Laura L. Brenneman is a hospital chaplain and visiting religion professor at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work is at the intersection of biblical studies and peace studies, combining theory and practice. She is the New Testament editor of the Studies in Peace and Scripture […]

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 […]

I finally found my people

Kristin Wood Hasselblad is a life-long nature and animal lover. Following that love, she earned degrees in Wildlife Biology (Bachelor of Science) and Raptor Biology (Master of Science). She decided to check out her local Mennonite church after reading a creation care book published by Mennonites, and has been attending there for the last 13 […]