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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Journey Forward: God invites

Over the next few months we’ve invited folks from across Mennonite Church USA to reflect on our Journey Forward and consider how they’ve seen Renewed Commitments at work in their lives, their congregation or community. If you’d like to contribute to this series by highlighting stories that bring our shared values to life, email JenniferC@MennoniteUSA.org.  Lorie Hershey is pastor of West […]

Struggling with an empty lamp

Linda Gehman Peachey is a freelance writer living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Previously, Linda worked for Mennonite Central Committee on women’s concerns and also served with her husband, Titus, as co-director of […]

Communities of Hope: A Sermon On Trayvon Martin, Race and Privilege

[This sermon was orginally shared at The Femonite on August 1, 2013, a blog facilitated by Hannah Heinzekehr.] Today we have a guest post from one of my co-workers, Iris de Leon-Hartshorn. Iris was born in Laredo, Texas and raised in Port Hueneme, California in a very diverse environment.  She is Mestizo. Iris is the eldest […]