Berry Friesen: Calling all Conflict-Avoiders

As I think about the Phoenix Convention, the prospect of conflict comes to mind.  Conventions are places where people openly disagree with one another.  Will that cause some folks to stay away? The way we feel about conflict depends in part on how we were raised.  I was the youngest of three brothers, one of […]

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Convention Survey: We Need Your Feedback!

We need you and your reflections to help us make convention a better experience for all. We’ve set up a survey where you can share some of your past experiences with convention and your suggestions for improvement. It will take only 10 minutes to complete, so click HERE now to lend us your thoughts!

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Alyssa Cable: No Visa Needed

I am a citizen of God’s Kingdom. Forget the USA (okay, not really, but temporarily). I’m a permanent resident in the house of the Lord. Living as a citizen of the USA can be pretty easy. I attend school each weekday, return home to watch some TV, catch up with some friends, do a little […]

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Important Update: New Registration Dates

The dates for registration for the 2013 Phoenix Convention have changed. Mark your calendars with the new dates: Convention and special event registration – Tuesday January 8, 2013. Housing registration – Tuesday January 22, 2013 (you will need to have completed regular registration in order to register for hotels). Early registration deadline – Thursday April […]

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Felipe Hinojosa: A renewed focus on the local

Throughout much of the twentieth century Mennonites worked across the globe on issues related to poverty, hunger, disaster relief, and church missions. Entire organizations and bureaucratic structures within the church, like the Mennonite Central Committee and the former Mennonite Board of Missions, were born out of a desire to engage the world through a delicate […]

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Sherah-Leigh Gerber: Dwelling in the Word

Nearly a year ago I was sitting in a beautiful room, glorious fall sunlight illuminated the space; leaves aflame in reds and golds hung from trees and littered the deck and ground just below the windows. I was with a group of new friends—Kingdom co-workers—at the Constituency Leaders Council meeting. During our Dwelling in the […]

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Janet Trevino-Elizarraraz: Healed in hope, Sanados por la esperanza…

I wonder how many of us have experienced healing.  To say out loud, “I’ve been healed”, carries a heaviness that many of us are not accustomed to. Of course, since most of us have had at least a few colds and infections, we have experienced some level of healing. And then there are those of […]

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The Ghosts of Conventions Past

The goose bumps appear on my arms and the back of my neck. I am surrounded by about 6,000 other young people as we worship God together.  If you’ve never had the opportunity to do the same thing as thousands of people, in the same place, at the same time … do it!  The “ghosts […]

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Youth Groups: Book your flights to Phoenix early!

Youth groups: Menno Travel can help you book your flights to Phoenix and it’s not too early to make your reservations now. Group bookings can be made with an approximate number and adjusted accordingly later without losing any money. All that is needed to confirm a group booking is a $50.00 deposit per person. Once confirmed […]

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Over My Head

For nearly 30 years, I have served in Mennonite churches across the U.S. Ten years ago, when I began ministering in Phoenix, I found myself in over my head in a whole new way.  So many needs, so many people, so many ethnic groups, and so many unexpected requests and cries for help!  I learned quickly […]

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Hugo Saucedo – I understand!

My first convention experience came in 1993 when I along with fifteen others packed into a fifteen passenger van and drove from Brownsville, Texas to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I have mostly suppressed the memories of that drive but I have retained many of the memories of the convention itself. I remember it fondly because it was […]

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