Bloggers on The Mennonite
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).
We are again entering the season of looking back on the past year. As such, I've dug back through my archives to bring you 101 portraits from the last decade. Some are conventional, some are candid and one features a sheep.
Since my Eye Spy puzzle two weeks ago was so popular, I'm inviting you to find three things in these photos (in order of increasing difficulty):
- A sheep
- My self-portrait
- Five portraits that include Charletta
Can you share about your first connection with Anabaptism?
Somewhere in October 2010, my family and I attended philosopher Peter Rollins' presentation at First Mennonite Church in Denver, Colo. I lived in Colorado Springs at the time with my mother, father, and two sisters. Together we were working with Iglesia El Centro and some local activist initiatives. That evening in October when we drove up to hear Rollins speak was the day I met Tory Doerksen, who worked and still works today as a Pastor at First Mennonite Church.
Welcome to my first-ever puzzle blog post. This afternoon on a hike I took this photo of my friend, Milton. Can you spot my wife, Charletta?
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