Uncomplicated: Simple secrets for a compelling life
Mennonite Church USA
by Jessica Griggs
6d ago
Brenda L. Yoder has found that the uncomplicated life of living in a rural Amish/Mennonite community has appeal for many people, due to the slower lifestyle and values that come with living this way. Brenda L. Yoder is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, school counselor, speaker and the author of “Uncomplicated: Simple Secrets for a Compelling Life, and Fledge: Launching Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind.” She’s a writer for the Every Woman’s Bible, Guidepost’s Mornings with Jesus devotional, and has been featured in “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books, as well as the Washington Post. She host ..read more
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Resourcing the church and finding community
Mennonite Church USA
by Jessica Griggs
6d ago
Carol Penner describes the history and work of the Together in Worship team. Together in Worship is a website that offers free worship resources in one convenient location. Carol Penner is director of theological studies at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. She was a pastor for many years in various congregations across Canada. She has a blog of her worship resources, LeadinginWorship.com, and recently published a book through Herald Press, Unburdened: A Lenten Journey toward Forgiveness. She is a member at the First Mennonite Church in Vineland, Ontario. She will be the g ..read more
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Complex grief of climate change
Mennonite Church USA
by Jessica Griggs
1w ago
Sara Gurulé shares her grief of climate change and how the systems of greed and power have affected the places she calls “home.” This blog is part of the ongoing Learn, Pray, Join: Climate Justice: Seeking Shalom series. Sara Gurulé (she/her) is a constituent engagement representative for Mennonite Mission Network, MC USA’s mission agency. Sara is passionate about liberation and justice movements that are intersectional, with one such area being environmental justice. She is a graduate of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and Fresno Pacific University, receiving an Master of Art in theol ..read more
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Discomfort and a way forward: Writing a commentary on Hebrews
Mennonite Church USA
by Jessica Griggs
2w ago
Despite feeling some discomfort with the Letter to the Hebrews and the idea of writing a commentary, Debra Bucher just released her Believers Church Bible Commentary on Hebrews. She shares her principles and how she worked through the discomfort. Debra Bucher grew up in the Church of the Brethren, an Anabaptist denomination, and is co-author of the Believers Church Bible Commentary volume on Hebrews. Her day job is head of collections and discovery at Vassar College Libraries in Poughkeepsie, New York. She also loves to sing, read, bake, garden, play music and take walks in the beautiful Hudso ..read more
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Run, babies, run! A Mother’s Day reflection
Mennonite Church USA
by Jessica Griggs
2w ago
Sarah Augustine recounts a moment early in her time on the Yakama Indian Reservation, when she realized that children have an important place among the tribal community, not segregated from their parents. This blog post is in celebration of Mother’s Day, May 12. Sarah Augustine, who is a Pueblo (Tewa) descendant, is co-founder and executive director of the Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery. She is also the co-founder of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund, where she has worked in relationship with vulnerable Indigenous peoples since 2005. Sarah is a mother, grandmother, wi ..read more
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Seeking vocation through a spiritual lens
Mennonite Church USA
by Jessica Griggs
2w ago
After years of avoiding pastoral ministry, Jen Shenk felt a calling that she needed to say “yes” to. Her position as campus pastor officially began on Aug. 1, 2023, after she served as interim pastor in April and May 2023.  This post is part of Mennonite Church USA’ Follow Jesus series, which highlights how individuals, congregations, conferences and organizations are living into discipleship today. Sadie Brenneman is a junior at Goshen (Indiana) College, studying journalism and marketing. She is from Goshen and is a member of Belmont Mennonite Church, in Elkhart, Indiana ..read more
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Camp can be life-changing
Mennonite Church USA
by Jessica Griggs
3w ago
Jenna Liechty Martin identifies what makes camp such a special place for faith formation. This post is part of Mennonite Church USA’ Follow Jesus series, which highlights how individuals, congregations, conferences and organizations are living into discipleship today. Jenna Liechty Martin lives and works at Camp Friedenswald, in Cassopolis, Michigan, where she has served as the executive director for ten years. She is a member of Eighth Street Mennonite Church, in Goshen, Indiana. ____________________________________ At a recent MC USA Constituency Leaders Council meeting, I had the ..read more
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Finding my cultural heritage
Mennonite Church USA
by Jessica Griggs
3w ago
Having grown up  in Texas, Hannah Koester felt distant from China — her birth country — and her cultural heritage. Her Mennonite faith has helped her feel safe to explore what it means to be Chinese. This blog post is in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, which runs through the month of May. Hannah Koester, or “HK”, is originally from China, by way of Texas. She currently lives in Pasadena, California, and attends Pasadena Mennonite Church. She enjoys attending vigils for Palestine on Monday nights with her community, playing Dungeons and Dragons (Dn ..read more
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Guided by wonder: A reflection on the stewardship of creation
Mennonite Church USA
by Jessica Griggs
3w ago
Chris Meyer reflects on his passion for creation care, on behalf of Everence and his own family, reminding us how much we all have invested in caring for creation — and how rarely we stop to bask in its glory. This article was first published in Green Money Journal in February 2024. Republished with permission. This blog is part of the ongoing Learn, Pray, Join: Climate Justice: Seeking Shalom series. MC USA’s Climate Justice Ministry is sponsored by Everence. Chris Meyer is the stewardship investing advocacy and research manager at Everence. By day, Chris leads the corporate engagement ..read more
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Spring and a garden of new creation
Mennonite Church USA
by Jessica Griggs
3w ago
Janet Szabo share how, after a period of declining attendance, Mountain View Mennonite Church is experiencing a spring new life, through active church participation from adults and children alike. This post is part of Mennonite Church USA’ Follow Jesus series, which highlights how individuals and congregations are living into discipleship today.  Janet Szabo is a member of Mountain View Mennonite Church, in Kalispell, Montana, where she serves as the pianist. She also hosts a weekly sewing podcast and teaches sewing and knitting classes around the Pacific Northwest. She and her husband li ..read more
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