Beating Guns

Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin are taking the "Beating Guns" book and their forge on the road with the Beating Guns Tour, a 90-minute event that will feature music, art, and stories of people impacted by gun violence, culminating with an invitation for the audience to take the hammer and transform a gun into garden tools.

Join us at Toledo Mennonite Church on Monday April 15, from 6:00-8:00 in a discussion about what America could look like if we beat the guns in our streets and addressed the triggers in our hearts. This event will feature the forging of a gun into a garden tool and bluegrass music by Cottonwood Jam String Band. Join the journey to end gun violence, to see how we can change our culture and do something about the massive toll that gun violence takes on our country.

This event is free to attend, but please register in advance here

Advent Devotionals

Advent begins on Sunday December 2. There are many good devotionals available to help you deepen your faith during this season. Below are three devotional series that we recommend.

Goshen College produces a daily e-mail devotional based on the revised common lectionary. The theme this year is “The Lord is our Righteousness.” You can read and subscribe at

The Anabaptist Faith Formation Network has produced a lent-at-home resource for families called “God’s Goodness.” Click here to download the pdf.

Everyday Abbey has produced a resource called “God’s Hospitality.” It focuses on ways for Christians to make hospitality a central practices of God’s renewing work in the world. Click here to download the pdf.

Finally, Plough Publishing has one of the best anthologies ever published of daily devotional readings for advent from an excellent array of classical and contemporary Christian writers, thinkers, activists, and theologians. Click here to purchase.

Prayers and Support for Tree of Life Synagogue

Let us join with our denominational leadership at Mennonite Church USA, as well as many other faith groups and people of good will across our country, to express sympathy and support to the Tree of Life Jewish Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA in the wake of the anti-Semitic hate-crime they experienced.

Glen Guyton, Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA, says, “During times like this, it is the responsibility of all of us in the faith community to come together and stand against hatred and evil in its many forms. We denounce those that attack our houses of worship in the name of political ideology, antisemitism or racism.” 

Click Here for the full statement

Lord have Mercy. Christ have Mercy