James Hamrick: Our congregation is not alone!

James Hamrick is a member of the North Suburban Mennonite Church (Libertyville, Ill.)  pastoral team. These reflections originally appeared in the Illinois Mennonite Conference weekly newsletter, and are shared here with permission.  It can be easy for Christians who are commited to Jesus’ way of nonviolence to feel a little lonely, especially in an area […]

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ICE Detention Center and BorderLinks Reflections

Laura Brenneman is a visiting religion professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and Eastern Mennonite Seminary; she formerly taught at Bluffton University for seven years. Laura works at the intersection of biblical studies and peace studies. She is the New Testament editor of the Studies in Peace and Scripture […]

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Phoenix 2013 Snapshots

We had a great time with you all in Phoenix. We worshiped, we played, we ate, we sang, we laughed, we cried and we learned. We can’t wait to gather together again in Kansas City. Here are some of our favorite photos from the week! 1. Throughout the week, Jeff Hochstetler and Shé Hall hosted “Delegates […]

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Purchase Convention DVD’s Online

It’s hard to believe that convention in Phoenix has already come and gone. We hope that each of you who attended was blessed in some way and found some good food for thought and/or wisdom to strengthen you on the journey. If you are interested in purchasing recordings of worship speakers throughout convention week, you […]

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The Power of European Mennonite Stories

A way that I believe I experience the Mennonite church in a unique way is that as a person of color, I’m attracted to hearing about the lives of my European Mennonite brothers and sisters. Actually, they make up some of the best conversations and experiences I do have when I attend regional and now […]

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Interpretation Needed between Us

It’s difficult to attend all the different events and seminars during convention so when something unique happens being at the right place at the right time, it’s magical. I’m blessed to have been able to be present and serve my Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters in interpretation at the Friday morning delegate meeting. This was my […]

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Survey: Send us your Feedback!

If you attended the Mennonite Church USA convention in Phoenix this year, we want to hear from you. Send us your thoughts and comments by filling out our online survey HERE.

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Hello. I’m an Adult Worshipper of God

I was casually asked, are you going to the main worship service? I stopped and said… I didn’t know there was a “main” one. It wasn’t until then that it became clear to me that some view this as I’m at a youth convention that allow the adults to come. To be honest, I am […]

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It’s Not the How, but the Who of our Worship

“I’m not in love with how I worship but in who I worship.” – Esdras Ferreras from Tuesday morning worship. Truer words I’ve not hear spoken when it comes to Mennonites and our diversity in worship preferences. As Esdras finished that sentence, the resonance within the crowd was palpable. We all felt it within our […]

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When We Hunger at Convention… Where’s the Beef?

We hear stories that may seem distant to us… immigrants with no or limited resources struggling to survive and walking with their wounds. Is it possible that we could experience in a real way a small snippet of what they do? What might that look like? Well, it didn’t take long at convention to have […]

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What Does Hospitality Look Like At Convention?

I must admit that this is my first convention, and I’m entering with as much anticipation as I am speculative of what to expect. The words you read from me will be very distant of a typical, convention experience, and more an invitation to join me on mine as I experience it! I’ll do my […]

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