Category: MCUSA

Loving the tradition from the margins: What Malcolm Gladwell is missing about power in his Mennonites podcast

Illustration of Malcolm Gladwell by Surian Soosay

Contributed by Luke L Miller Chester Wenger’s “An open letter to my beloved church” in 2014 was a beautiful, poignant reflection by a man who dedicated his life to the Mennonite Church on why he had chosen to perform the

Lament for the institutionalized church: Trauma, rage, and hope from Kansas City

[Reposted from Our Stories Untold. Read Rae Halder’s original post here.] Rae wrote a version of this piece, originally posted on Facebook, late on Friday, July 3, after attending the Mennonite Church USA’s “Service of Lament and Hope” for survivors of

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Pink Menno Press release on July 2, 2015 Action at Mennonite Church USA convention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 7/2/2015, PINK MENNO, CONTACT: MATT DEAN (717) 802-2070 IN SEPARATE ACTIONS, PINK MENNO DE-PINKS DELEGATE SESSION; TAKES STAGE AS MCUSA DELEGATES PREPARE TO VOTE Members affiliated with Pink Menno held two actions on Thursday morning, July 2, 2015 at the

If an elephant has its foot

Crossposted from Coming Out Strong by Katie Hochstedler As the current Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests (BMC) Board President, a founding member of Pink Menno, and a young queer Mennonite involved in the movement for a more inclusive and welcoming

The Violence of Mennonite Process: Finding the Address of the Present (part 1 of 2)

Contributed by Stephanie Krehbiel In 2009, I started a doctoral program in American Studies at the University of Kansas, with a plan to study what, on a good day, I call “the conflicts around sexual diversity in the Mennonite church,”

The Violence of Mennonite Process: Finding the Address of the Present (part 2 of 2)

Contributed by Stephanie Krehbiel (con’t from part 1) Let’s look at some more recent history. In 2011, in advance of the Mennonite Church USA convention in Pittsburgh, Everett Thomas, editor of The Mennonite at the time, wrote an editorial for

150 Mennonite Leaders Call for Change in Policies Toward Queer Christians

150 Mennonite pastors and others credentialed for ministry signed a letter calling for changes in Mennonite Church USA policies related to inclusion of sexual minorities in the church.  The letter urges denominational leaders to “make space for congregations and pastors

Pink Menno’s Pauline Rhetoric of Reconciliation

by Gerald J. Mast The Messiah has already arrived, the messianic event has already happened, but its presence contains within itself another time, which stretches its parousia, not in order to defer it, but, on the contrary, to make it

Strangers and aliens no more

After many planning phone calls and much discernment, the Pink Menno leadership team is excited to announce a theme of: Strangers and aliens no more: one humanity, for the Phoenix 2013 convention. This theme draws from the Ephesians 2:14-22 being


I have trouble deciding what to do on Thursday evening. I’m registered for the MennoNight Fun Run and for days I’ve looked forward to this escape, 6.2 beautiful miles of running on the trail by the Allegheny River through downtown