Voices of Community Blog

Twenty Years Ago

This week marks 20 years since Franconia conference voted to expel Germantown Mennonite Church from its body.  Germantown won’t celebrate it, and most won’t mourn it.  At this point, twenty years later, it’s just a fact.  We were removed from the conference because our baptism and welcome of folk who are queer was just too […]

Sing a New Song into Being

Since the Church retreat a few weeks ago, I’ve been thinking about the “Hymn-Off” we did that Sunday morning.  I had a song in mind to win, and it did not win.  My Life Flows On came in a close second to Wade in the Water. I’ve been trying to figure out why.  My LIfe […]


The ground beneath us shifted in 2017, and to be honest, it really messed me up.  I’ve been in a haze of sadness, anger, and most of all, uncertainty.  How do we live when the world is like this?  What do we do?  How do we respond? I’ve had no words.  Everything I’ve said has […]

Youth Trip to Chicago: Reflect With Us! [Part 2/2]

Well, our first youth trip was a great success! We had a great time learning and playing and working with people from Ripple and Whitehall Mennonite churches. We had great conversations about community and God, and we saw different ways of doing church. I hope that you were able to follow along from home. Some […]

Youth Trip to Allentown: Follow Along From Home! 1

This past Sunday, we gathered in the center of our Sanctuary to bless youth and adults who are headed to Allentown and Chicago in the coming weeks. We laid hands on them, praying for their well-being and growth. Then, we all took bracelets as a reminder that God goes with us and that our church […]

What have we learned from talking about trauma, healing, and wholeness?

Well, this blog post is a bit late. Maybe, like healing, it happened when the time was right and not based on any schedule. Anyway… Adult Sunday School is sort of a strange critter at GMC. Downstairs, around the fake fireplace, lounging on an odd collection of couches and chairs, an even odder collection of […]

Why Freedom Pilgrimage?

Last June, a few of us in our Germantown Mennonite Church community gathered to talk about ourselves, the community, and race, which in the words of Jim Walls, is “America’s original sin.” I’ve come to feel that is a very accurate way to talk about it. How we might continue to understand what “white” culture […]