Tag Archives: healing

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

Posted in baptism, blessing, church, Confession, Family life, Hope, peace | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Abuse survivors, Clothing, Cross cultural faith community, Hope, intergenerational, Lament, Parenting, Senior Spirituality, Truth and Reconciliation Commision, Women's concerns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Abuse survivors, church, Communion, community, Confession, Congregational life, Hope, Pastoral Psychology, Peace and justice, Women's concerns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Looking for Hope

After closing the church year with last week’s “In Memoriam” blog, it is time for me to turn my thoughts toward the Advent of Jesus and the theme of hope. On that note I need to let you know how … Continue reading

Posted in Advent, Child Faith, Church season, Congregational life, Hope, Intergenerational worship | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Catching God’s Rhythm

One of three foci at Faith Forward  was on the rhythm of our spiritual lives. Like  other rhythm, spiritual rhythm is created out of an intentional and regulated blend of sounds, or activities, and pauses.  The spiritual pausing in which … Continue reading

Posted in Congregational life, creativity, Differently abled spirituality, Intergenerational worship, Pastoral Psychology, Senior Spirituality | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Writing our Lives into God’s Challenging Script

Last week’s post held elements of lament and uncertainty that characterize much of the Western church’s current context. Other questions live on the underside of those uncertainties about naming God in the scripts of our lives. One of those questions … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Church season, Cross cultural faith community, Lament | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Encountering God who anoints us

This past week I was in Iowa for a Mennonite Camping Convention. Meeting with Camp Folk who are passionate about nature, campers, and their faith is always a highlight, and this year was no exception. A highlight was officiating at … Continue reading

Posted in Child Faith, Church season, Congregational life, Intergenerational worship, Lent, Vocation | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment