Servant project paints home for local substance abuse treatment program

by  Luke Beck Kreider for Mennonite Church USA This week youth and adults worked together in the blazing heat, scraping paint and adding a fresh gray coat to Recovery House of Central Florida. “It’s hot and hard work, but at least we know we’ve done something good,” said Jonah King, North Main Mennonite, Nappanee, Indiana. […]

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Creating safe spaces for survivors of sexual assault

by Erin Bradley for Mennonite Church USA One in four women and one in six men are survivors of sexual assault. Ninety percent of survivors know their perpetrators and over 50 percent of perpetrators are family. “So when a pastor gets up on the pulpit and says it’s not happening, they’re not looking,” said Keith […]

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Held Evans makes the case for a more authentic church

by Jordan Waidelich for Mennonite Church USA Spoiler alert: Millennials are not looking for a hipper church. They’re looking for the presence of Jesus Christ. That was the point of Rachel Held Evans’ seminar Wednesday. Held Evans, a New York Times bestselling author and featured convention speaker wants to “keep the church weird.” She says […]

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Indoor prayer walk inspires

Mennonites from all over the country rode up escalators, trekked across a sky bridge and walked through hallways in song and silence during the Mennonite Women USA and Mennonite Men-sponsored prayer walk yesterday afternoon. The walk began with a hymn, led by Peggy Carter. Together, the group filled the convention center lobby with five-part harmony […]

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Ethan Zaerr

Convention is whatever you want it to be. If you don’t put yourself out there and do things that may not be exactly your speed, then it will be a long week.  You have to actually get out of your hotel room and explore, make new friends, be kind.  I had one person from the […]

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Michael Kelly

As I travelled home (in Phoenix) from a trip and encountered three different groups of people headed to your Conference in Phoenix on the light rail, I’m eager and excited to read about what comes out of your time together.  If these young people and their chaperones are any indication, I’m grateful for what is […]

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Rosemary and Martin Shenk: Mennonite Church USA is Alive, Well and Kicking

We had a feast in Phoenix and I am so full, it is hard to write a few highlights about the great banquet we attended.  It was a colorful meal with all the nationalities and languages represented in the praise band and worship speakers from Monday night, Cheryl Bear, Native Canadian to Dr. Elizabeth Soto […]

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Roger Martin: The Show Stopper

Roger Martin is a member of Peace Mennonite Fellowship in Lawrence, Kansas.  The pink mennos file into the delegate session silently.  At one point, the moderator of the session invites a spokeswoman to come forward. She says, “. . . Lives matter to God, and the cries of the marginalized do not go unnoticed. . […]

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Bill Zuercher

The Phoenix convention was very much a family affair for the Zuerchers.  Bill was the recording secretary for the adult delegate sessions, which he has done every biennium since St. Louis 99.  Joyce was a delegate in the adult sessions from Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston, Kansas.  Daughter Melanie was a delegate from Shalom Mennonite […]

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Andrea Zuercher

On Wednesday afternoon a group of us went out into the blazing sun to share the gift of music at a drop-in center for the homeless, one of the Maricopa County detention centers, and Glencroft senior center. It was by far the most moving thing I did. Especially at the detention center, where we sang […]

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Patrick Ressler

The MCUSA Conventions have forced me to think about identity. During my teenage years, the MCUSA Conventions played a central role in how I came to understand my identity as a Mennonite in the larger context of the denomination. It was at Convention that I met other young Mennonites from all over the country. It […]

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