Category Archives: Hope

Getting Personal: Unexpected Gift of Mennonite World Conference 2015

Reading Melodie’s personal journey of healing between a Mennonite and a Lutheran adds a rich dimension to the official reconciliation between our denominations. Getting Personal: Unexpected Gift of Mennonite World Conference 2015. Advertisements

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Truth and Reconciliation with the Grandmothers

Photos: Stick Ceremony and Elkhorn Residential School (closed, 1949) Yesterday was a historic day for Canada. After six years of careful listening and recording of the stories of survivors of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools (the last of which closed in … Continue reading

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Finding Christian Community on the Margins 1

 I am inspired by people who live in Christian community. Especially when those communities integrate people who wouldn’t feel welcome in my middle class congregation, even if we reached out hospitably. Recently I joined a neighbourhood group, called Houseblend Ministries, … Continue reading

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The Glories of Living on the Edge

  My FB friends have been posting pictures of spring’s glories for months. I’ve been able to experience some spring in other places as I traveled with my work.  But now it is finally coming to my home! Is it … Continue reading

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Footwashing? Are you sure?

Feet, with their unique toes, are marvellous and intriguing human appendages. Years ago, I easily identified my fiancee from a group of ‘hidden’ men by identifying him by his toes. When we get to know our babies, we marvel at … Continue reading

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5 ways of “Opening our eyes to God’s imagination”

This week’s texts feature the faith of Abraham and Sarah. What was it about their faith journey of Abraham and Sarah that gave them faith to believe such a preposterous promise as becoming becoming father and mother of God’s people … Continue reading

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5 Things I learned about Creating Safe Places for Abuse Survivors at Communion

This was the focus of a day long workshop I attended at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary on Jan 25, 2015. I’ve often thought about the difficulties this amazing ritual has for children and others who are not yet baptized, but … Continue reading

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