Ruth Lapp Guengerich: Why Mennonite Women USA Loves Convention

Ruth Lapp Guengerich is the Executive Director of Mennonite Women USA.    Mennonite Church USA conventions provide opportunity for people from all parts of the church and all parts of the U.S. to meet together for worship, fellowship, and doing the work of the church.  Our diversity is reflected in skin color, language, and in […]

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Marc Schlegel: Prayer and Fasting for Immigration Reform in Idaho

Marc Schlegel is the pastor at Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship in Boise, Idaho. This article originally ran in the AMBS Window publication.    During September 2013, Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship, Evergreen Heights Mennonite, and Emmaus Christian Fellowship, along with several other churches throughout Idaho’s Treasure Valley, took part in 11 days of prayer and fasting […]

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Joy Cotchen: Why I Love Convention

Joy Cotchen is the Allegheny Mennonite Conference Minister of Children and Youth. She has been a worship planner, office manager, and a volunteer who is beloved by all members of the convention planning staff!    Wichita ’95 was the first youth convention I attended. No, not as a youth, but as a sponsor. And I’ve […]

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Isaac Villegas: Hospitality and Power, Part III

Isaac S. Villegas is the pastor of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship in North Carolina. He serves on the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA and on the Governing Board of the North Carolina Council of Churches. These reflections were originally shared as part of a sermon given at the 2014 Hope for the Future gathering […]

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Mennonite World Conference Update: Opportunity for North American Churches

Gahira sat on the street, resting from her one-mile walk into the city.   Cheryl (United States) had met Gahira on the plane into Axum, Ethiopia.  After using gestures and drawings to get to know one another, Gahira made it clear that she wanted to serve Cheryl coffee, an Ethiopian act of hospitality.   When […]

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Isaac Villegas: Stay with Us, Part II

Isaac S. Villegas is the pastor of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship in North Carolina. He serves on the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA and on the Governing Board of the North Carolina Council of Churches. These reflections were originally shared as part of a sermon given at the 2014 Hope for the Future gathering in Leesburg, […]

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Isaac Villegas: Misrecognizing Strangers, Part I

Isaac S. Villegas is the pastor of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship in North Carolina. He serves on the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA and on the Governing Board of the North Carolina Council of Churches. These reflections were originally shared as part of a sermon given at the 2014 Hope for the Future gathering in Leesburg, […]

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Stella Snapshots: Week 3

Stella took a few flights around Iowa last week. Here are our two favorite snaps from her journeys. Be sure to share yours this Wednesday. You can print out your very own Stella and tag your photo with #mennogram, and you just might find yourself featured here someday! In Iowa   The Mennonite Camping Association […]

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Rachel Springer Gerber: Convention, Faith Formation and Mennonite Church USA

Growing up, I loved Mennonite Youth conventions.  And it wasn’t just because I met my soon-to-be-husband there.  Philadelphia ’93, you certainly were the “City of Brotherly Love.”  But that’s another story all together.   Why I loved the conventions so much wasn’t because of the fancy, loud worship.  It wasn’t so much about the service […]

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Stella Snapshots: March 27, 2014

Another week, another round of Stella journeys. Here’s this week round up of some of our faves. Be sure to print out your very own Stella, and send us your own snapshots, too. Tag ’em #Mennogram so we can find ’em!   In Texas     Stella hangs out at Garner State Park with Janet Treviño-Elizarraraz […]

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Stella Snapshots: March 21, 2014

Stella has had a couple busy weeks. She’s visited spots from coast-to-coast across the United States, hung out with Mennonite Church USA staff, sampled cuisine at local restaurants and more. Check out some of her highlights below, and be sure to share your Stella snapshots on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Tag them #mennogram so we […]

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