Practicing presence, so we can do the work

Lisa Renee Sayre is a registered nurse who works in a harm reduction clinic that serves people with substance use disorders. In addition to a nursing license, she holds a Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theology Seminary. Lisa is a member of Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, where she helps in the church garden, serves as […]

A note to people who are white, like me

Hugh Hollowell Jr. is the community pastor at Open Door Mennonite Church in Jackson, Mississippi, where he lives with his wife Renee and two foster children.   I grew up in Mississippi, steeped in sweet tea, white supremacy and the blood of Jesus. And 31 years ago at age 17, I left in search of […]

The power and privilege in our midst

Hannah Heinzekehr is the Communications Program Director at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She attends Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship in Goshen, Indiana.   I’m sitting down to write this blog post in the midst of a moment in time where racism’s deadly consequences are on full display. […]

On protesting

J. Denny Weaver is professor emeritus of Religion of Bluffton (Ohio) University where he taught in the Religion Department for thirty-one years. His recent publications are God without Violence, second edition (Cascade Books, 2020) which has a new chapter on nonviolent activism, and additions on Black theology and the Doctrine of Discovery; and Nonviolent Word, […]

“If you pray for peace, why pay for war?”

Following peace prayers with action   Sylvia Shirk has been a Mennonite pastor since 1990. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she works as a district pastor and court interpreter part-time. She enjoys living close to four grandchildren, two daughters and other family members.   Tax Day, April 15, has become one of my favorite […]

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Mennonite Church USA hosts panel discussion on dismantling racism

By MC USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) — The leadership team of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) is hosting Race, Church and Change, an interactive panel discussion on the impact of racism in the church and meaningful approaches to dismantling it. Featuring a diverse panel of speakers, the online event will be held via Zoom (and simultaneously broadcast via Facebook Live) on Thursday, June 25 from 6:30-8 p.m. EDT /3:30-5 p.m. PDT. Participants may submit questions for […]

The discipline and practice of white caucusing

Tobin Miller Shearer is a history professor and the director of African-American Studies at the University of Montana. He is the co-founder – along with Regina Shands Stoltzfus – of the Damascus Road Anti-Racism Process. His blog is Truth and Grace.   I remember my first white caucus. I felt a palpable tension as I […]

Mennonite Church USA launches new Justice Fund

By MC USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) — In the midst of significant social unrest in the United States, Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) has launched a Justice Fund to provide a way for individuals and congregations to support MC USA churches that are actively involved in dismantling racism, addressing police brutality, reimagining policing in […]

Reflections on protesting and faith

By Frank Scoffield Nellessen and Eric Schnitger This conversation comes from Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference.   Frank Scoffield Nellessen is a Guatemalan mestizo immigrant learning to decolonize and heal himself and his communities. He and his wife are members of Pasadena Mennonite Church and he works gang prevention in Los Angeles, California. Eric Schnitger is […]

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African American Mennonite Association urges MC USA to address racial injustice

By MC USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) — African American Mennonite Association (AAMA) called upon fellow Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) congregations, which are predominately white, to be actively involved in promoting healing and reconciliation amid the protests that have erupted since the violent racial killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. […]