Going deeper at convention

Clayton Gladish has served as one of the pastors of Hesston Mennonite Church for over three years. His passions include faith formation, biblical studies, and creating compassionate communities. He rarely turns down a good burger or the chance to play games with friends. He sometimes strives for perfection, but would rather have opportunities to learn […]

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Do we truly belong? Thoughts on diversity

John Tyson is associate pastor for faith formation at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, Kansas. To be honest, I was nervous about convention in 2015. I hadn’t attended an Mennonite Church USA convention since 2005, back when I was fresh off my senior year of high school. And this time I was the […]

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A convention memory

Diane Zaerr Brenneman is a teacher and pastor. She now works as a family navigator for the University of Iowa Hospital, supporting families whose children have special needs. She lives near Wellman, Iowa, where she farms with her husband Doug, and watches her young adult children, Brent and Maureen, take off on their own. She […]

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Step Up

Leah Wenger graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School last June and is currently a first year student at Eastern Mennonite University studying psychology and music. She loves singing in EMU’s choir, Emulate and enjoys spending time outdoors doing a variety of activities. Leah is an active member of Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where […]

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Convention holds a place in my heart

Samuel Voth Schrag has served as the pastor of the St. Louis Mennonite Fellowship since 2007. He has been involved in Mennonite institutions for his whole life. He served as youth pastor at Faith Mennonite Church in Newton, Kansas, he is a graduate of AMBS and Bethel College, he grew up and was baptized at […]

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Creating a convention covenant

Mike Ford spends his days trying to love God and love people, starting with his wife Val and their four children. He enjoys being in God’s creation, going on adventures, good books and movies, and milk chocolate. One of the things I love about youth convention is that the youth have freedom — to choose […]

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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 […]

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A convention for children and families

Laura Hartzler is the coordinator for children and families at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando, July 2017. For many families where adults are attending Mennonite Church USA convention as delegates or youth leaders, it is important that convention also includes an incredible experience for children. Children attending convention get to experience the large, […]

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To embody God’s love

Jon and his wife, Megan Leaman Heinly, are from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but are currently living in New Haven, Connecticut where he is completing his Master of Divinity at Yale Divinity School. Jon is passionate about youth ministry and prior to seminary, he served as youth minister for Lancaster Mennonite School and Lancaster Conference of Mennonite […]

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God is love

Abby King is a first-year at Goshen College, studying journalism with a minor in Bible and Religion. She is a part of the Youth Worship Planning Committee for Orlando 2017. She is a member at Ridgeview Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. When I was in middle school I had a phenomenal math teacher. He was […]

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Surprises and blessings!

Kent Miller is a pastor at First Mennonite Church in Middlebury, Indiana, where he focuses on worship, preaching, crises and senior care. He and his spouse, Jill, enjoy spending time with people, especially their two daughters, son-in-law, three grandchildren and extended family. Can I be honest for a moment? I didn’t care for extended family […]

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