Song lists from Orlando 2017

Worship is the centerpiece of our time together at convention, and music and singing together is a huge part of our worship. Here’s the list of songs that we were sung in both adult and youth worship, in case you want to check them out and bring them back to your home congregation! Youth Worship […]

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Servant project paints home for local substance abuse treatment program

by  Luke Beck Kreider for Mennonite Church USA This week youth and adults worked together in the blazing heat, scraping paint and adding a fresh gray coat to Recovery House of Central Florida. “It’s hot and hard work, but at least we know we’ve done something good,” said Jonah King, North Main Mennonite, Nappanee, Indiana. […]

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A bold experiment in creating brave spaces

Jim Grossnickle-Batterton currently serves as the interim pastor for First Mennonite Church, Iowa City, Iowa. A number of years doing missional hospitality work has tuned Jim’s spirit toward searching for a better understanding of how we do and do not offer welcome in our communities and congregations. He enjoys employing his growing, though incomplete, knowledge […]

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The Family Reunion

Kait Kelsey grew up in Berne, Indiana, where she first joined the Mennonite Church. She now lives in South Bend and attends Kern Road Mennonite Church. She participates on her school’s Robotics and Lacrosse team and is active in her youth group. In her free time she likes to ski and go to the beach […]

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Space to embrace Love is a Verb

Bryan Van Wyk currently lives in North Philly with his wife Rhonda and son Keithon. He’s originally from Cape Town, South Africa. They are active members in the Oxford Circle Mennonite Church. He sees himself as a passionate Anabaptist who seeks to promote a Galatians 3:28 community — one in Christ irrespective of people’s race, […]

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Love is a verb, but so is change.

Joanne Gallardo is a Case Manager for Pathways to Housing D.C. and lives in Arlington, Virginia. She will soon take on the role of pastor of Faith Formation at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana. She loves singing, stories, and coffee, in that order. As I walk through the halls of the convention center, […]

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Creating safe spaces for survivors of sexual assault

by Erin Bradley for Mennonite Church USA One in four women and one in six men are survivors of sexual assault. Ninety percent of survivors know their perpetrators and over 50 percent of perpetrators are family. “So when a pastor gets up on the pulpit and says it’s not happening, they’re not looking,” said Keith […]

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Our common work

Beth Martin Birky is a professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Goshen College, where her favorite courses include World Literature and Gender in a Global Context. Beth and her husband David Birky live in Goshen, Indiana, with their two children Maddie (22) and Hugh (18). For the past five years, she has […]

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#MennoCon17 snapshots with a youth sponsor

Cathy Stoner is the mother of four mostly grown kids. She is a Sunday school teacher, tennis player, writer and bicycle mechanic. With the Spirit’s help, and that of her congregation at Kern Road Mennonite Church, fellow members of Cana Community and her neighbors in South Bend, she tries to make sense of the world. […]

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Held Evans makes the case for a more authentic church

by Jordan Waidelich for Mennonite Church USA Spoiler alert: Millennials are not looking for a hipper church. They’re looking for the presence of Jesus Christ. That was the point of Rachel Held Evans’ seminar Wednesday. Held Evans, a New York Times bestselling author and featured convention speaker wants to “keep the church weird.” She says […]

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Discovery: A fitting start to #MennoCon17

Julia Schmidt lives in Goshen, Indiana, is a current seminary student at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and a member of Southside Fellowship. She is working towards a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Peace Studies. She recently completed an internship with Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes exploring the idea of an immigrant resource center […]

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