“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 […]

So you want to go back to church (as usual?)!

Doug Luginbill is the conference minister of Central District Conference of Mennonite Church USA.   Our Central District Conference theme for this year is “Spirit, bless our souls with yearning” and is based on a line taken from a call to worship in Sing the Journey #124. For many of us, our yearnings have likely […]

MennoTalks: Practical peacemaking in everyday life

At the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando in July, planners tried something new: MennoTalks. Not quite TED and not exactly Pecha Kucha, MennoTalks explored a different topic each day, featuring speakers from diverse perspectives. Topics included Celebrating Women (Wednesday); Race, Religion and Justice (Thursday); and Local and Global Peacemaking (Friday). Over the next several […]