Why convention isn’t just for Mennonites.

Emily Trapp is serving as the keyboardist/vocalist in the Youth Worship Team at the 2015 Mennonite Church USA convention in Kansas City. She just completed her Masters of Arts degree in Music (Piano) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and previously obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Music (Piano/Piano Pedagogy) from Goshen College in Goshen, […]

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Thoughts from a lifetime convention-goer

Caleb Schrock-Hurst, 18, is from Harrisonburg, Virginia and is a Freshman at Hesston College. Though he is currently undeclared, he hopes to study some combination of English, History, and Music. He has been a member of Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg for the past eight years and grew up attending conventions alongside his parents, […]

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KC2015 offerings to support sexual abuse survivors, Racial/Ethnic leadership education

By Jenny Castro (Mennonite Church USA) — At every Mennonite Church USA convention, an offering is received to support a particular ministry or initiative of the church. This summer in Kansas City, convention goers will have the opportunity to contribute to the Care and Prevention Fund established through Mennonite Church USA by the Discernment Group […]

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“Where is God leading us as a people?”

Six-week spiritual discernment preparation guide available online for delegates (Mennonite Church USA)—Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board staff has released a six-week study guide designed to help delegates prepare spiritually for the Delegate Assembly at the denomination’s upcoming biennial convention, to be held June 30–July 5 in Kansas City, Missouri. The preparation guide, which starts May […]

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Luke 24 | The walk alongside

Emily Kauffman is a first year student at Hesston College majoring in Communications and Bible. She is the oldest of three sisters and lives in Pettisville, Ohio. Emily has been to six Mennonite conventions with the first being in Orlando. She enjoys combining beautiful handwriting, colors, and words.   As I reflect on the times […]

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Engaging the homeless during KC2015

Glen Guyton is chief operating officer for Mennonite Church USA Oley Valley Mennonite Church summed it up pretty well in a blog they wrote following Phoenix2013, “We mean well, but we can be pretty stupid.” Like many people who stayed at the Sheraton hotel, the group from Oley Valley noticed the food some well-meaning group sat out […]

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Joys from conventions past and hopes for KC2015

Bryan Kehr is the women’s soccer coach and a member of the Athletic Department at Hesston College. This summer, we have the opportunity to worship with the larger Mennonite church with worship opportunities greater than those of the local congregation. We will be able to lift many voices in song to worship our Creator, whose love […]

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Convention hopes and Jesus highs

Elisabeth Wilder is from Hesston, Kansas, and is the youngest of three children. Her interests include reading, writing, traveling, kayaking, biking, and good conversations over coffee. Most of all, Elisabeth loves people and helping others. She will be graduating from Hesston College this spring and transferring to Eastern Mennonite University to continue her major in […]

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The labyrinth, the road to Emmaus and convention

Annali Murray is an admissions counselor at Hesston College. Annali has a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Religion and hopes to work as a chaplain someday. In her spare time Annali enjoys pretending she and her sister are contestants on Project Runway. She enjoys engaging in theological discussions of all types, which will come in […]

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Getting the most out of your week at convention

Hannah Clemmer is an admissions counselor at Eastern Mennonite University. Originally from Harleysville, Pennsylvania, Hannah now resides full-time in Harrisonburg, Virginia. A product of the Mennonite Church and Mennonite higher education herself, Hannah is passionate about the engagement of youth within the church and its affiliated institutions. Hannah enjoys running, hiking, reading, word games, and […]

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Tips for youth leaders and sponsors

Asia Frye is a Master of Divinity Connect student through Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and the former youth pastor of First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro, Kansas, where she lives with her husband and daughters. She serves on the worship planning team for KC2015. I have learned a few things from taking youth to the last three conventions. Someone […]

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