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For the last week, I have been part of a delegation from Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Europe to Greece to listen to the stories of refugees into Europe and those working with them here. Here are a few windows into our time so far.
This week I was in the New York city area for Christian Peacemaker Teams meetings. On Wednesday morning, I took the opportunity to do my own walking tour from 125th street of Manhattan to the reservoir in Central Park. Quite by accident, I wandered into Riverside Church, the venue for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's pivotal speech, "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence." In the speech, he came out against the Vietnam War and named "the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism" that are still at the roots of oppression in the United States today. This speech is also significant for Mennonites because it was co-written by Dr. Vincent Harding. I've written more about Dr. Harding's work with Mennonites here.
As Lent rolled in last week, I shared with colleagues that I just didn't have the energy to give anything up this year. In response, my friend Terra Winston wrote back these three simple sentences that shook something loose inside me:
Sabbath is a good practice as well. If you have the energy for it, it might be what is called for this season. No pressure, just a thought.
This week in my seventh post in my ongoing Anabaptist Camp Followers series, I interview Benjamin Corey. He is a retired U.S. Air Force instructor turned Anabaptist speaker and writer. He blogs at Formerly Fundie and is author of the upcoming book, Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus.
On Feb. 4, the Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) website posted Ervin Stutzman's response to the "Rule of Love" letter from 150 pastors calling for MC USA "make space for congregations and pastors who welcome and bless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jesus-followers."
As one of those responsible for managing Pink Menno's social media presence, I've watched over the last few days as the community has responded to Ervin in anticipation of the MCUSA Executive board meetings next week. This post curates different voices and perspectives from those who participate in the Pink Menno community. This is not an official Pink Menno statement.
I grew up with my dad singing "If I Had a Hammer" to me. Its one of the many songs that lays in foundation of my spirit. And so, to I am particularly grateful to Pete Seeger for these lyrics which, like a good hymn, have unveiled their layers to me over the years:
"It's the hammer of justice It's the bell of freedom It's a song about love between my brothers and my sisters all over this land"
Here are some photos from Crissy field around sunset this evening in San Francisco, Calif. We had a lovely visit with our friends Eric, Nicky and Pax. As always, click on the photo to view full screen.
When I was growing up in Assembly Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind., Bertha Beachy was one of the elders of the community. She taught me a lot about the way wise women can move powerfully and effectively in a community without always having to be in front.
This Christmas, Charletta and I visited with Bertha and did a brief interview with her about some of the connections between her Amish upbringing and her work as a Mennonite missionary. Here it is:
On Christmas day we woke up to snow falling outside the window. There was a lovely blanket of snow on the ground in Goshen, Ind. My brother, his dog Tilde, my Dad and I decided to head out to explore. Ours were the first footprints in the snow. Here are the highlights of our walk. Click for full screen.
Early on the morning of Dec. 14, 1763, a group of warriors on horses rode into the small village of Conestoga. It was snowing. Smoke rose from the chimneys of a few small huts clustered together. Though they knew the impoverished pacifists sleeping inside would not fight back, they wasted no time. They fired their guns into the homes from the outside and then rushed inside to kill the survivors with their tomahawks. After scalping the six victims, they set all the buildings on fire and left. One survivor named Chrisly ran barefoot through the snow to the neighbors to sound the alarm. (Brubaker, 21-23).
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