Better together

Allie Shoup is an admissions counselor at Hesston College, where she shares her love for education with young people searching for the perfect place to belong. She is a born and raised Wichitan (of Wichita, Kansas) whose heart for people and adventure has taken her to five continents. Since attending Bethel College as a Bible […]

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Do we truly belong? Thoughts on diversity

John Tyson is associate pastor for faith formation at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, Kansas. To be honest, I was nervous about convention in 2015. I hadn’t attended an Mennonite Church USA convention since 2005, back when I was fresh off my senior year of high school. And this time I was the […]

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A convention memory

Diane Zaerr Brenneman is a teacher and pastor. She now works as a family navigator for the University of Iowa Hospital, supporting families whose children have special needs. She lives near Wellman, Iowa, where she farms with her husband Doug, and watches her young adult children, Brent and Maureen, take off on their own. She […]

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#WeAreMenno: Young adults speak out at KC2015

Conversations provide structure for feedback By Janie Beck Kreider (Mennonite Church USA) — Approximately 40 young adults at KC2015 — the Mennonite Church USA convention held June 30–July 5 in Kansas City, Missouri — gathered July 3 for an evening of synergistic conversation on a range of church-related topics. “We wanted to create a space […]

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Experiences at Convention: Kelly Bates Oglesby

As I traveled along the way spiritually, I followed the Holy Spirit to Mennonite Church USA.  It’s been quite a journey and I remain open to the adventures of fellowship and witness.   Nonetheless, preparing to participate as credentialed delegate at KC2015 presented opportunities afresh to go deeper, further on the way. The motif of […]

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Service of lament and hope, wailing wall, churchwide statement to acknowledge sexual abuse

(Mennonite Church USA)—Naming sexual abuse, confessing complicity and taking steps to prevent future abuse will be key elements of Mennonite Church USA’s biennial convention this summer, to be held June 30–July 5 in Kansas City, Missouri. The denomination’s Discernment Group on sexual abuse and the church has planned for a public service of lament and […]

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New website for Mennonite youth workers to launch at KC2015

(Mennonite Church USA)—A new website for youth workers, The Gathering Place, will officially launch at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Kansas City from June 30 to July 5, 2015. Rachel Springer Gerber, Mennonite Church USA denominational minister for youth and young adults, envisions the site as a hub for networking, peer-to-peer resourcing and spiritual […]

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“Where is God leading us as a people?”

Six-week spiritual discernment preparation guide available online for delegates (Mennonite Church USA)—Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board staff has released a six-week study guide designed to help delegates prepare spiritually for the Delegate Assembly at the denomination’s upcoming biennial convention, to be held June 30–July 5 in Kansas City, Missouri. The preparation guide, which starts May […]

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Phil Schmidt: “Delegating” at convention

Phil Schmidt is a pastor at Tabor Mennonite Church in rural Kansas (just north of Newton). As a pastor, he seeks to center the church community on Jesus, proclaim the good news of God’s kingdom, and live into God’s mission here and now. He is married to his best friend, Mary, and they have an extremely cute baby, […]

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Jean Kilheffer Hess: Being Church Together

Jean Kilheffer Hess is a member of East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church.  She is a management consultant with Core4, Inc. and owner of StoryShare, an oral history interviewing and life story services business. She is a 2004 graduate of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies.  Jean and her spouse, Gale, […]

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