Fly with Stella the Dove

If you happened to attend convention in Phoenix, you may have seen a little trendy dove flying around, with a cactus blossom in her mouth.   That dove is Stella, and she’s back with a redesigned look for Kansas City. To celebrate the city’s long history as a hot spot for jazz, Stella’s standing up […]

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Todd Wynward: On Watershed Discipleship and Convention

These reflections come from Todd Wynward, an author, educator and wilderness guide who lives and works in Taos, NM. He is the author of the novel The Secrets of Leaven. You can read more of Todd’s reflections on discipleship, ecology, Mennonite identity and more on his blog, Undomesticated: wild thoughts from the edge of empire. This post […]

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Plans underway for KC2015

ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)—Buoyed by the spirit of prayer that marked the end of the Mennonite Church USA convention in Phoenix, Ariz., in July—when thousands of Mennonites participated in a prayer walk around the convention center—convention planners are setting their sights on Kansas City (KC), Mo., the location of the next biennial convention, to […]

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Plans underway for KC2015 convention

  Theme text to be Luke 24 ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)—Buoyed by the spirit of prayer that marked the end of the Mennonite Church USA convention in Phoenix, Ariz., in July—when thousands of Mennonites participated in a prayer walk around the convention center—convention planners are setting their sights on Kansas City (KC), Mo., the […]

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Ethan Zaerr

Convention is whatever you want it to be. If you don’t put yourself out there and do things that may not be exactly your speed, then it will be a long week.  You have to actually get out of your hotel room and explore, make new friends, be kind.  I had one person from the […]

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Merv Stoltzfus: Just a Smile

Merv Stoltzfus is the Conference Minister for Atlantic Coast Mennonite Conference.  While enjoying the MC USA Convention in Phoenix I met Earnest.  It wasn’t intentional, it just happened. He was on my pathway or perhaps I was on his; Earnest was a concierge in the convention center.  I noticed him numerous times during the week […]

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Michael Kelly

As I travelled home (in Phoenix) from a trip and encountered three different groups of people headed to your Conference in Phoenix on the light rail, I’m eager and excited to read about what comes out of your time together.  If these young people and their chaperones are any indication, I’m grateful for what is […]

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Rosemary and Martin Shenk: Mennonite Church USA is Alive, Well and Kicking

We had a feast in Phoenix and I am so full, it is hard to write a few highlights about the great banquet we attended.  It was a colorful meal with all the nationalities and languages represented in the praise band and worship speakers from Monday night, Cheryl Bear, Native Canadian to Dr. Elizabeth Soto […]

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Joanna Harader: Operation Streamline

This post originally appeared on Joanna Harader’s personal blog, Spacious Faith. It is shared with permission. Joanna describes herself as “a wife, a mother, a Mennonite pastor, living in the awesome town of Lawrence, Kansas.” These reflections come from her visit to the Arizona-Mexico border during the Mennonite Church USA convention in Phoenix.  They are […]

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Roger Martin: The Show Stopper

Roger Martin is a member of Peace Mennonite Fellowship in Lawrence, Kansas.  The pink mennos file into the delegate session silently.  At one point, the moderator of the session invites a spokeswoman to come forward. She says, “. . . Lives matter to God, and the cries of the marginalized do not go unnoticed. . […]

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James Hamrick: Our congregation is not alone!

James Hamrick is a member of the North Suburban Mennonite Church (Libertyville, Ill.)  pastoral team. These reflections originally appeared in the Illinois Mennonite Conference weekly newsletter, and are shared here with permission.  It can be easy for Christians who are commited to Jesus’ way of nonviolence to feel a little lonely, especially in an area […]

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