Public Witness Planning Continues in Phoenix: Andre Gingerich Stoner

I just spent five days in Phoenix exploring possibilities for public witness for our 2013 convention. So what about the heat in the Valley of the Sun?  Don’t go out in the afternoon sun.  That’s the time for an air conditioned café or convention hall.  But in the evening in the shade, it’s quite bearable.  […]

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Eric Rasyidi: New Layers of Engagement at Convention

Our church has gone to convention three times and each of those times, we have grown more connected, more excited, and more involved in convention. When we went to San Jose, we had very little to expect. The only conventions and retreats our church was exposed to were retreats that were organized by our family […]

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Phoenix Police Chief Responds to Supreme Court Decision

In the wake of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision, which overturned many parts of Arizona’s SB 1070 legislation, but still upheld some, Phoenix Police Chief, Daniel Garcia, made the following statement: Senate Bill 1070 resulted in new state laws for Arizona. Most of the law has been in effect since July 29, 2010. It is the […]

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Worship Together at Convention: Jeremy Kempf

Mennonite Church USA Convention 1995 in Wichita, Kansas.  That was the first Mennonite Convention I attended as a high school youth.  I hadn’t ever thought about whether or not there were other people who held the same values and theology as my little home church in Shickley, Nebraska, but sure enough, there were thousands of […]

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Carol Moser Wenger

I stepped out into the bright, warm sunlight after a few a few hours of listening and challenge in the San Jose convention center. Could I really do this?  Live the call? Vive el llamado? This was the third day of the  2007 Mennonite Convention, and the youth (and I) were being challenged to daily […]

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There’s Something in the Air at Convention: Glen Guyton

There is just something about the Mennonite Church USA convention.  It is something tangible I can feel it in the air. The rush of air as teens prepare for worship. The lack of air as over 4,000 students jump up and down during praise time. The stinky air as hot and sweaty groups return from […]

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Why Convention Matters to Me: Kent Miller

These reflections come from Kent Miller, the Denominational Minister for Youth Ministry for Mennonite Church USA. I will always remember driving to Orlando with my MYF, for what would be my first Mennonite Youth Convention in 1997. I was in my second year as youth pastor, and I think that I was more excited than […]

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Maranatha Christian Fellowship

“Coming from Southern California, I was excited to see another part of the United States and it was interesting to see the similarities and differences other Mennonites had compared to our group. You know what? We were a lot more alike than I thought. The music [at worship] gets your heart racing. I still remember […]

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Jeremy Kempf

I attended Wichita ’95 when I was a freshman in high school. Up until that point, I thought worship music was hymns and silly camp songs. It was nothing like the music I liked to listen to. Then I went to convention and Ritch Hostetler was up on stage leading the praise team. The excitement […]

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Sarah Long

It was at Nashville 2001, that I completely changed my opinion on Mennonite colleges. Prior to convention I had full intentions of pursuing the University of Maryland, however, after attending a seminar I was able to hear all the benefits that a smaller, Mennonite college had to offer. I am truly grateful that I attended […]

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Nathan Grieser

I had really great times when I attended both Atlanta 2003 and Charlotte 2005 while I was in high school. During San Jose 2007, I attended as a youth group sponsor which gave me a new view of what it means to be part of a Mennonite convention. But, it’s my experience at Columbus 2009 […]

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