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Renee Kanagy

Renee Kanagy


I began as the fulltime pastor of Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship June, 2015. I am drawn to pastoring at Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship because the congregation has chosen to put down roots in the neighborhood of our church building. Oakley is a thriving neighborhood home to households across the economic spectrum. I join CMF is asking, what do we have to offer Oakley that will strengthen our neighborhood?
As a Mennonite pastor balancing mothering a young child and school aged student, I desire for myself what I offer the congregation –spaciousness. I pastor holding space in worship, a conversation, a meeting or a meal for quiet, listening, integration heart and head, humor and curiosity.
The principles that empowered the Anabaptist movement from which the Mennonites were born 500 years ago, remain relevant today. An understanding that each of us can read the bible and that together we interpret God’s meaning in the text as it intersects with our lives. This, paired with a clear call in Jesus’ teaching and life to live in ways of active nonviolent justice.
As a pastor of this active, engaged faith community, I encourage the cycle of living out faith and contemplation. Each of us has the capacity to experience God in our lives and to live more fully and deeply into following God in our lives and world. The Spirit enlivens us to live into ways rooted in justice and grace embodied by Jesus of history and Christ with us now.
I am glad to be back in the region where I began life being born in Dayton, Ohio. I grew up in the university cities including Columbus, Ohio. After completing a degree in psychology at Goshen College, I spent two years with Mennonite Voluntary Service in Washington, DC and then Seattle, Washington. I was drawn to larger cities; the messy kinetic energy, the intersectionality of communities, as well as food, art and music.
After working as a case manager in community mental health for several years in Seattle, I married by husband of 13 years, Bradley Kauffman, and worked in health care caring for transitions in a hospital and health care center. I attended seminary at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary followed by seven year of pastoring at New Creation Fellowship Church, a congregation of Mennonite Church USA.



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PJOS Minutes, December 6, 2018

PJOS Minutes December 6, 2018 / 7:00pm / Peace House Present Clair Hochstetler, Steve Herbold, Carol Monson, Jean Swartley, Scott Troyer, Allison Troyer, Mary Lawson, Renee Kanagy Meditation Allison from Renee - Each member present was asked their motivation for being...


The 2019 Mennonite Church USA convention is coming up this July! Learn more about #MennoCon19 at the MCUSA convention website, Early Registration begins February 6. You can also learn more about volunteering on the convention website. The...

MCC Christmas Giving

Check out Mennonite Central Committee's Christmas Giving program this holiday season. The program allows you to choose gifts that change lives all over the world. You can browse the the MCC website to find the perfect gifts, such as stocking-stuffers like chickens, or...