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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A bold experiment in creating brave spaces

Jim Grossnickle-Batterton currently serves as the interim pastor for First Mennonite Church, Iowa City, Iowa. A number of years doing missional hospitality work has tuned Jim’s spirit toward searching for a better understanding of how we do and do not offer welcome in our communities and congregations. He enjoys employing his growing, though incomplete, knowledge […]

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The Family Reunion

Kait Kelsey grew up in Berne, Indiana, where she first joined the Mennonite Church. She now lives in South Bend and attends Kern Road Mennonite Church. She participates on her school’s Robotics and Lacrosse team and is active in her youth group. In her free time she likes to ski and go to the beach […]

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Space to embrace Love is a Verb

Bryan Van Wyk currently lives in North Philly with his wife Rhonda and son Keithon. He’s originally from Cape Town, South Africa. They are active members in the Oxford Circle Mennonite Church. He sees himself as a passionate Anabaptist who seeks to promote a Galatians 3:28 community — one in Christ irrespective of people’s race, […]

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Love is a verb, but so is change.

Joanne Gallardo is a Case Manager for Pathways to Housing D.C. and lives in Arlington, Virginia. She will soon take on the role of pastor of Faith Formation at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana. She loves singing, stories, and coffee, in that order. As I walk through the halls of the convention center, […]

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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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A call to the church: Race, class and gender; a social worker’s perspective

Melody M. Pannell currently serves as assistant professor of social work and chairperson for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Eastern Mennonite University. She also serves as the chairperson of the Religious Affairs Committee for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham, Virginia, local branch of the NAACP. It is her life mission to embody practical theology through the values and ethics […]

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Spiritual resilience for hard times

Sarah Augustine is the executive director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties. She is also adjunct professor of sociology at Heritage University. Sarah is the co-founder of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund (SIHF), where she has advocated for Indigenous Peoples whose health and communities are threatened by resource extraction since 2004. She […]

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Message to the Swarm: Five Reasons to Find Us in Orlando

A Joint Message from the Mennonite Colleges and Universities Swarming excited youth clamoring to get into the exhibit hall on the first night of convention … it is one of our favorite times of the week. That moment captures much about convention: the energy and enthusiasm of our denomination’s young people, the eagerness to make […]

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