A Place for Junior Youth

Sarah Bixler is an MDiv student at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is working with the convention planning team this year as the coordinator for the children and junior youth programs.  Thousands of teenagers raising their arms and voices in worship. Delegates discerning matters of faith and practice around tables. Children singing and playing in their […]

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Come, Now is the Time to Worship

Glen Guyton is the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Convention Planning for Mennonite Church USA.  I must confess, I love the youth worship experience at our Mennonite Church USA biennial conventions. Being that I was a youth pastor for 17 years before beginning work for the denomination, convention is what energized me about the […]

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Getting to Convention: Tips and Tricks from Youth Pastors Who’ve Been There

Bringing a youth group to convention– whether it’s a group of five or 25 youth – can sometimes feel like a daunting undertaking. Obviously we think it’s worth it. Convention is an Anabaptist faith formation experience like none other. But we also want youth leaders to feel prepared and equipped for the week. Here are […]

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KC2015 Speaker Line-Up Announced

Worship is the keystone event at convention. Every two years, we come together to be encouraged. We come together to be challenged. We come together to be inspired and energized. We come together to celebrate God in our midst, and to recommit ourselves to following Jesus “on the way.”   We’ve got a great group […]

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Anabaptist Songwriting Challenge

    In an effort to promote songwriting among Mennonites in the Untied States, and to broaden the musical spectrum congregationally and communally, Mountain States Mennonite Conference is organizing the first Anabaptist Songwriting Challenge (ASC), which began on March 1-, 2014.   Composers from all around the nation, people of all ages and speaking any […]

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Eric Rasyidi: Reflections on Conventions Past

Eric Rasyidi is a member of Maranatha Christian Fellowship in Northridge, Calif.   Convention has been a wonderful opportunity to learn about Mennonite beliefs, missions, and people! When we started attending convention in 2007, I never would have thought that so many projects and people from the Mennonite organization would come into our local church […]

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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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