Menno Snapshots are blogs from diverse voices across Mennonite Church USA. They come from pastors, peacemakers, leaders and others connected to the church. Browse our Menno Snapshots page to find their stories of peacemaking, where they are finding God’s presence and how they are living out their faith. We welcome you to add your voice to theirs!
- Word count: 500-900 words.
- Photo: A high-resolution head shot is best.
- Biography: Please provide two to four sentences about you. Let us know if you are a member of an MC USA congregation and if you work for and/or have graduated from an MC USA-affiliated school or university. Please refrain from naming children younger than 18.
- Publishing permission: By submitting a blog, you provide MC USA with permission to publish it on MC USA’s Menno Snapshots web page and share it through MC USA’s social media platforms and our e-newsletters, as well as through our agencies, area conferences, congregations and recognized constituency groups.
To submit: Submit your blog here.
- Write to share information from first-hand experiences and verifiable sources that will increase understanding.
- Promote learning and spiritual reflection, not destructive debate.
- Be kind and respectful of others, even those who may not share your views. Be mindful of language that may be inadvertently divisive (i.e., “we” vs. “them”).
- If quoting Scripture, please include the book, verse number(s) and version of the Bible. Avoid paraphrasing.
- Try to avoid using jargon/abbreviations. Explain any such words or phrases early in the blog.
- All blogs are subject to content review and editing by MC USA Executive Board staff. Significant revisions will be discussed with the author prior to publication.
- Blogs are often scheduled several weeks ahead of publication.
- If you are interested in republishing a blog, please contact the EB Communications team for permission. All republished blogs must include the following: “Reprinted with permission from Mennonite Church USA” and include a link to the original blog on our website.
- What does “Follow Jesus” mean to you?
- How do you or your conference/congregation follow Jesus to bring hope, healing, peace, love and/or reconciliation to your community?
- How have you experienced God’s faithfulness?
- What spiritual practices help you stay focused on following Jesus?
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice. The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip.
1 Timothy 4:12
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.