Bill Zuercher

The Phoenix convention was very much a family affair for the Zuerchers.  Bill was the recording secretary for the adult delegate sessions, which he has done every biennium since St. Louis 99.  Joyce was a delegate in the adult sessions from Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston, Kansas.  Daughter Melanie was a delegate from Shalom Mennonite […]

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Andrea Zuercher

On Wednesday afternoon a group of us went out into the blazing sun to share the gift of music at a drop-in center for the homeless, one of the Maricopa County detention centers, and Glencroft senior center. It was by far the most moving thing I did. Especially at the detention center, where we sang […]

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ICE Detention Center and BorderLinks Reflections

Laura Brenneman is a visiting religion professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and Eastern Mennonite Seminary; she formerly taught at Bluffton University for seven years. Laura works at the intersection of biblical studies and peace studies. She is the New Testament editor of the Studies in Peace and Scripture […]

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Phoenix 2013 Snapshots

We had a great time with you all in Phoenix. We worshiped, we played, we ate, we sang, we laughed, we cried and we learned. We can’t wait to gather together again in Kansas City. Here are some of our favorite photos from the week! 1. Throughout the week, Jeff Hochstetler and Shé Hall hosted “Delegates […]

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Purchase Convention DVD’s Online

It’s hard to believe that convention in Phoenix has already come and gone. We hope that each of you who attended was blessed in some way and found some good food for thought and/or wisdom to strengthen you on the journey. If you are interested in purchasing recordings of worship speakers throughout convention week, you […]

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The Power of European Mennonite Stories

A way that I believe I experience the Mennonite church in a unique way is that as a person of color, I’m attracted to hearing about the lives of my European Mennonite brothers and sisters. Actually, they make up some of the best conversations and experiences I do have when I attend regional and now […]

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Interpretation Needed between Us

It’s difficult to attend all the different events and seminars during convention so when something unique happens being at the right place at the right time, it’s magical. I’m blessed to have been able to be present and serve my Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters in interpretation at the Friday morning delegate meeting. This was my […]

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Survey: Send us your Feedback!

If you attended the Mennonite Church USA convention in Phoenix this year, we want to hear from you. Send us your thoughts and comments by filling out our online survey HERE.

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Hello. I’m an Adult Worshipper of God

I was casually asked, are you going to the main worship service? I stopped and said… I didn’t know there was a “main” one. It wasn’t until then that it became clear to me that some view this as I’m at a youth convention that allow the adults to come. To be honest, I am […]

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Kansas Bible Company Performs, Gives Back to Church

Last night, Nashville-based music group, Kansas Bible Company, entertained Mennonite youth convention attendees. Before the show, I sat down with Jake Miller, Goshen, Ind., Michael Ruth, Archbold, Ohio, and Jeff Yoder, Bluffton, Ohio, to talk about the band, their concert and how a group of 12 men collaborate and celebrate musically. The band was formed […]

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Convention Group Considers Local Impact of Immigration Policies

On Monday, ministers, professors, and convention participants toured a local detention facility for undocumented immigrants and visited a nonprofit organization that provides legal assistance to detainees. The Florence Detention Center holds 1500 undocumented immigrants. Detainees range from those recently captured while crossing the Mexico-U.S. border to those who have lived in the U.S. for decades. […]

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