Postcard & a Prayer :: April Email Newsletter

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Postcard & a Prayer :: March Email Newsletter

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Postcard & a Prayer :: February Email Newsletter

Enjoy February e-news from Mennonite Women USA!

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Sister Care Enrichment for Latin American Leaders

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Portions of this article were originally printed in the February 13 issue of Mennonite World Review

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We sat around the dinner table at a YMCA retreat center near Buenos Aires: 12 women from nine different countries. We asked how the Sister Care seminar has been shared with others in their countries of Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Bolivia, Uruguay, and Paraguay — and how this material has impacted their lives.

From the United States, Carolyn Heggen, a psychotherapist specializing in trauma healing and a Sister Care co-presenter, asked questions in Spanish, while Linda Shelly, Mennonite Mission Network Latin American director, translated them into English as I typed the conversation. What we heard amazed us: In the last three years these nine women have worked with others to share Sister Care with more than 2,300 others.

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Walking in the Light of God

Sister Care was in Argentina last week for an enrichment training. On Saturday, Jan. 21, the 31 women from eight countries sang “Walking in the Light of God” and also marched as Martha Basualdo read Carol Penner’s “A Prayer for Times Like These” in Spanish, which you can read below.

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Postcard & a Prayer :: January Email Newsletter

Enjoy January e-news from Mennonite Women USA!

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MW USA January E-newsletter 2017

Mennonite Women March on Washington

Protesting is something that Mennonites have done for a long, long time. Our identity is shaped by peaceful resistance. Our American history is steeped in a tradition of dissent.

It is important to acknowledge that our ancestors argued fervently that all humans are equal, cherished children of God. On Jan. 21, a group of us will again be representing the Mennonite community’s commitment to justice at the Women’s March on Washington.

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Welcoming New Board Members

 

 

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Janet Lynn Kroeker (left), MW USA board west coast representative; Teresa Boshart Yoder (right), MW USA east coast representative

Mennonite Women USA would like to extend a warm welcome to our two newest board members: Janet Lynn Kroeker and Teresa Boshart Yoder.

Kroeker, who represents the west coast, began her four-year term in 2016. She lives in San Francisco where she is a member of First Mennonite Church. The now-retired Kroeker studied voice at the Music Academy of the West and theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, although she spent most of her career working as a graphic designer and art director.

Of her appointment to the MW USA board of directors, Kroeker says, “I would be honored to serve in any way as part of the wondrous women in leadership in our church. I so seek to figure out how best we can empower the church through our gifts.”

Boshart Yoder, who replaces Twila Yoder as the east coast representative, will begin her four-year term in 2017. She lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia with her husband Lonnie. She is a member of Community Mennonite Church.

Boshart Yoder currently works as a stewardship consultant at Everence, before which she served for 35 years as a registered nurse in women’s health care. She is the board chair for the Collins Center, a local child advocacy center and she also serves on the advisory board for Eastern Mennonite University Biomedicine program.

 

 

 

 

 

A Christmas Reflection

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The first Christmas … a holy event. 

Mary, a young girl — a teenager — was on the threshold of adult life. She was promised to be married. Mary was dreaming of what might be when she receives word that rocks her world: You have been chosen by God to become a mother. And the child she was to bear, she was to share with the world. Imagine Mary— a young girl who was probably excited, likely scared. Honored, to be sure, and confused. And through it all she remained open. Mary was called to host this holy event.

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