Roots and Wings

Amy Yoder McGloughlin’s reflections as a mother and a pastor include important thoughts on believer’s baptism and parenting. So do the testimonies of the two being baptised and the dog. Enjoy. How do you view baptism and giving your adolescent/adult children the freedom to choose?

Practicing Families

by Amy Yoder McGloughlin, Mennonite Pastor and parent of two teenagers.  

On Sunday I baptized two young people in my congregation–one was thirteen, and one was thirty.  Both talked–from their own developmental place–about the importance of faith and the church in their lives.  The teenager talked about the church as a place where–unlike other parts of his life–he’s not bullied, but loved for who his is.”  He said, “Jesus was bullied, so I think he understands how I feel, but Jesus was also surrounded by people that loved him, and that’s how church feels to me.”

The thirty year old is someone I’ve know for much of his life.  He was unsure about baptism for many years–he’s the kind of person that needed to talk it through, to think it through–he needed to be absolutely sure.  He described baptism as “coming home.”  It’s coming to a faith that…

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About Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel

As a young senior whose life could easily have ended in a nasty car crash in 2012 I live with an extra dose of gratitude to God, humanity, and the wonders of our human bodies. I am a passionate advocate for ministry WITH children and seniors in the life and ministry of the church. I started working in Faith Formation with Mennonite Church Canada in 2002. Thinking and writing about faith helps me see God at work in all kinds of surprising places. I'd like to be remembered as one who encourages others to live into God's good dream for our world. My book, Please Pass the Faith: The Spiritual Art of Grandparenting, is one big way I'm trying to share that encouragement with my peers. This blog is another way I'd like to engage people who care about growing in faith across the generations.
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