Bryce Miller: Oh, You’re from Arizona…

I always get a kick out of people figuring out where I live.  The responses are varied and widely scattered, but there is always a response.  Often it’s the weather: jealousy half the year, stunned disbelief the other half (So, hot enough for you?). Other times, it’s the perplexed look on the face of the […]

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Sherah-Leigh Gerber: Why I Love Convention

There was a time in my life where I identified planning Convention as my “dream job.” There’s just something about the national gatherings that I find so appealing. Perhaps it’s the opportunity to catch up with friends and family members scattered across the country who are using their gifts in a variety of ministry settings. […]

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Saulo Padilla: Don’t show your papers, show your citizenship!

I remember the first time I was introduced to Dirk Willems: the Anabaptist who escaped and then turned back to rescue his persecutor who was drowning, got caught again, and later was burned to death. When John Driver, one of my history professors at Goshen College told me the story for the first time I […]

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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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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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The Convention Countdown is On: Hannah Heinzekehr

That’s right. Although it hardly seems possible, the Phoenix convention is under 400 days away and July 1-6, 2013 will be here before you know it. We, your friendly convention planning team, have been hard at work alongside local Phoenix partners, Mennonite Church USA staff from many different departments, and volunteers from all across the […]

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