Heinzekehr_MugshotThe Femonite blog is primarily written and managed by Hannah Heinzekehr,  and blends interests in Mennonite theology and faith and feminism.

Hannah completed her Master’s degree in theology and community development at Claremont School of Theology in May 2012. She is a lifelong Mennonite who was drawn to feminism post-college. She lives and works in Newton, Kansas with her husband Justin, also a graduate student pursuing a PhD in Process Studies (stay tuned for possible guest posts about process theology, Alfred North Whitehead and more from Justin),  and their feisty cat, Chloe. Their fam welcomed Baby E in August 2012, which moved them into the new, unknown and slightly terrifying realm of parenthood. Hannah’s hobbies include reading, playing and watching soccer, cooking and drinking lots of coffee (more decaf than regular these days, though).


Mennonite Church USA is one of many Christian denominations with its roots in the Anabaptist movements of the 16th century in Europe. Today, Mennonite Church USA is a small church, with 109,000 members and 939 congregations throughout the United States. Contrary to some popular beliefs, Mennonites are not the same as the Amish: most Mennonites do not wear head coverings or drive buggies, but look just like your average, everyday Protestant Christian (whatever that means to you!). The Mennonite faith that Hannah grew up within emphasizes the importance of nonviolence, peacebuilding, service and social justice work, ministries that grow out of the narrative of the life of Jesus Christ.


There are many ways to define what it means to be feminist, and this blog hopes to explore many facets of feminist identity and scholarship. But, put succinctly, this blog emphasizes feminism as defined by Rosemary Radford Ruether, as “the full affirmation of the humanity of women.”  This blog values the contributions that women (and many others who do not identify as simply male) have made to academia, the church and the workplace, and seeks to be in conversation with these streams of thought.

The views shared on this blog represent the opinions of the author the guest writers featured, and are not meant to be representative of all Mennonite Church USA.


The Femonite is always interested in new bloggers. You can be 1) a Mennonite, 2) a Feminist, 3) interested in Mennonites and Feminism and/or all of the above. If you are interested in being a guest blogger, send us an email: thefemoniteblog@gmail.com.

A few quick guidelines. Any new submission should be:

  • 800 words or less
  • Include a bio, introducing yourself and your interests
  • Include a small photo of yourself (jpeg format, please!)
  • Include hyperlinks and tags for any pertinent sites or themes

Both Hannah and Justin are available for speaking upon request. E-mail to inquire about speaking engagements.

We are also always happy to receive your feedback. Email us anytime at thefemoniteblog@gmail.com.

  • ordinary (mostly)

    That pile of books in your banner picture is enough to make me want to read what you have to say.

    • Hannah Heinzekehr

      I am glad to hear that! That pile of books represents some of the most formative books in my life thus far…

  • ST

    Awesome! Keep up the good work.

  • Hi Hannah! I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. I love your thoughts and wanted to share them with my readers.
    Here’s the link – http://awaketotheworld.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/the-versatile-blogger-award-goes-to/
    Have a great day!

    • Hannah Heinzekehr

      Cool! Thanks for the nomination. I will check it out!

  • Ethan Bodnaruk

    Hi Hannah! Thanks for sharing these thoughts and your great blog in general! I didn’t grow up Mennonite but got involved in it after learning about Anabaptism. I did my undergrad at Harvey Mudd College so I’m definitely familiar with Claremont! Great to see some Mennos at CGU! Keep up the good work!

    • admin

      Thanks for reading, and cool to find yet another Claremont connection!

  • Holy cow, how have I never seen your blog before!?!?! I feel like I’ve been missing out… well no longer!

    From one Mennonite and feminist to another, keep up the good writing. 🙂

  • I’m happy to stumble across your blog via a FB share from a friend who loves reading your posts. Now I can join in the fun! As a fellow Mennonite feminist blogger, your topics certainly strike a nerve with me (in a good way) and I look forward to reading more. Thanks!

  • i. did. not. realize. this. was. you.

    how awesome and amazing.


    • Hannah

      how fun to meet you yesterday! we really enjoyed visiting ncfc. hopefully our paths will cross again…

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  • Hi Hannah!

    I’m looking for sermons and lectures on youtube or mp3 by female Anabaptists about pacifism and/or social justice. Do you have any tips?


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  • Keep up the good work. We’re you’re non-white Mennonites from the Philippines!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by. Glad to “meet” you here.

  • Linda Unble

    Follow you on Twitter and just read your piece about mennonite in a little black dress. I hated it too – refused to read most of it. It’s on my shelves because I collect Mennonite and Amish lit – just the authentic stuff – no Beverly Lewis or Wanda Brunstetter…. my college years were spent at Tabor so I can see how Janzen, with MB roots, had to invent culture because the MB’s don’t really have any?! I always got the impression that they look down on the rest of us. I always enjoyed telling my MB friends that goshen and emu had dances – this was the mid 80s – when Tabor did not. Enjoy your tweets – keep it up!!!

    • Thanks! Nice to “meet” you here. Truthfully, I always like finding others who also don’t love that book!

    • Elizabeth Wilson

      I disliked it too. It is, however, still on my shelf. I normally take things to the ReUzit shops, but it was so bad, I felt guilty about giving it to anyone.

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