Indoor prayer walk inspires

Mennonites from all over the country rode up escalators, trekked across a sky bridge and walked through hallways in song and silence during the Mennonite Women USA and Mennonite Men-sponsored prayer walk yesterday afternoon. The walk began with a hymn, led by Peggy Carter. Together, the group filled the convention center lobby with five-part harmony […]

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Fruit from the Vine

Katie McKinnell is communications manager for Mennonite Women USA. The year 2017 marks 100 years of Mennonite Women USA! The theme for MW USA’s centennial year and celebration is Fruit from the Vine, based on John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear […]

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A call to the church: Race, class and gender; a social worker’s perspective

Melody M. Pannell currently serves as assistant professor of social work and chairperson for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Eastern Mennonite University. She also serves as the chairperson of the Religious Affairs Committee for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham, Virginia, local branch of the NAACP. It is her life mission to embody practical theology through the values and ethics […]

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Spiritual resilience for hard times

Sarah Augustine is the executive director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties. She is also adjunct professor of sociology at Heritage University. Sarah is the co-founder of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund (SIHF), where she has advocated for Indigenous Peoples whose health and communities are threatened by resource extraction since 2004. She […]

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Message to the Swarm: Five Reasons to Find Us in Orlando

A Joint Message from the Mennonite Colleges and Universities Swarming excited youth clamoring to get into the exhibit hall on the first night of convention … it is one of our favorite times of the week. That moment captures much about convention: the energy and enthusiasm of our denomination’s young people, the eagerness to make […]

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Young Adult Rundown: Orlando 2017

Hannah Chappell-Dick grew up in Bluffton, Ohio. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in 2016 and is currently doing a year of voluntary service with DOOR Atlanta. An avid runner, Hannah competes on the track for Atlanta Track Club Elite. This piece originally appeared on Hannah’s personal blog, Dwelling in Motion. I joyfully received […]

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A word from a convention junkie

Tim Blaum lives in Goshen, Indiana and is technical director at River Oaks Community Church. He is a 2010 graduate of Goshen College and is serving as technical director for youth worship at Orlando 2017. This post originally appeared at The Gathering Place. Orlando 2017 will be my eighth convention in a row. That will […]

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Invited to the table

Tonya Ramer Wenger is Magdalena, Micah, Reuben and Joanna’s mom, Jonathan’s wife, and currently serves as lead pastor at First Mennonite Church in Hutchinson Kansas. Walking, knitting, baking bread, singing with a seasonal community choir and reading books to Joanna are all things that fill her non-working time. If you are looking for some bedtime […]

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Better together

Allie Shoup is an admissions counselor at Hesston College, where she shares her love for education with young people searching for the perfect place to belong. She is a born and raised Wichitan (of Wichita, Kansas) whose heart for people and adventure has taken her to five continents. Since attending Bethel College as a Bible […]

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Good for junior youth, good for parents

Asia Frye is the coordinator for junior youth convention in Orlando this summer. She’s a retreat speaker and former youth pastor from Hillsboro, Kansas. She looks forward to graduating from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary this May. Y’all, I am so pumped about convention. Orlando 2017 will be my fifth convention and my first time to […]

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Ten tips for surviving convention (from the eyes of a youth leader)

Renee Reimer is the director of Youth and Outreach Ministries at Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kansas and a connect student at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. She loves the mountains, creating music, cooking delicious food, and intergenerational communities (and loves it even more when they all are happening at the same time). 1. Know […]

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