The Coalition stands united in opposition to unjust deportations and to anti-immigrant harassment of all kinds. The Coalition is building local power, forging a community that will last. The Coalition provides a regular “Immigrant Dignity Report” via email. To receive the report, contact email@example.com. Learn more by visiting the Coalition web page linked below.
Check out Mennonite Central Committee’s Christmas Giving program this holiday season. The program allows you to choose gifts that change lives all over the world. You can browse the the MCC website to find the perfect gifts, such as stocking-stuffers like chickens, or eco-gifts like healthy dirt and skills for young farmers. When you donate, you can also have MCC send personalized e-cards to friends and family, or have them delivered on Christmas day.
Mennonite Church USA encourages people and congregations to “Learn, Pray, Join” together for immigration justice in August and September. With regard to this initiative, Sue Park-Hur, MC USA denominational minister for Leadership Development said “The God who gathers and scatters people continues to move amongst us and calls us to join in God’s reconciling mission with our brothers and sisters in Christ regardless of our legal status.” Find out more about MC USA’s Learn, Pray, Join Initiative at the Learn, Pray Join Website. Subscribe to the Menno Snapshots blog to receive stories from people across MC USA about immigration justice. Learn, Pray, Join for Immigration Justice.
Check out the Mennonite Creation Care Network (MCCN)! MCCN is rooted in the christian tradition as it encourages the Church to claim a biblical and theological foundation as it engages Creation care, discover the ties that bind all created things to one another and to God, confess that harm we have done to the natural world and our neighbors, and act faithfully to restore the earth. The network gathers and shares information about resources on their website, provides support to communities seeking to better care for God’s creation, and publishes a blogfeaturing book reviews, news, tips for simple living, and more! Visit their website for more information.
The Mennonite and the Peace and Justice Support Network have been producing a podcast called Peace Lab! The podcast took a break in February and March and is now back with Melissa Florer-Bixler as its new co-host. Melissa is the pastor at Raleigh Mennonite Church, which recently joined our area conference, Central District Conference. She joins Jason Boone in exploring Mennonite peacemaking. Listen to the latest episode to learn more about Melissa and hear an interview with Janna Hunter-Bowman, Assistant Professor of Peace Studies and Christian Social Ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. You can find the entire podcast archive online, as well as through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Fireside.
I’ve Got the Power! Naming and Reclaiming Power as a Force for Good features papers from the 2016 Women Doing Theology conference. It includes diverse voices and perspectives on power from women around MC USA. Topics discussed within include the strength of women in the Bible and in our own denominational history, and the generational harm of patriarchy. The collection can be downloaded for free from the Women in Leadership Project website, or purchased through Amazon at a cost of ten dollars. Read more about the book at the MC USA website.
Mennonite Arts Weekend is a biennial gathering that brings together artists and art enthusiasts for a weekend of presentations, workshops, performances and worship, celebrating the power of creative expression in its many forms (fine arts, music, theater, writing, and more). The 2018 Weekend opens with a short program that includes introductions of the Weekend’s artist-presenters, musical performances and a keynote address with writer Sofia Samatar. The weekend concludes with a Sunday morning worship service at 10:15. Visit the MAW website for more details!
The Anabaptist prayer book Take our Moments and Our Days is now available as a mobile app! The predominance of Jesus’ voice, space for communal reflection, and specific choices of Bible readings all mark this collection as having a distinctly Anabaptist flavor. Both volumes of the prayer book were published by Herald Press in collaboration with the Institute of Mennonite Studies of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS). The app was put out by AMBS and is available for iOS and Android devices.
Save the dates for two upcoming congregational meetings!
September 17 after the worship service will be our annual business meeting at which the budget and committee slate for our upcoming fiscal year are presented for approval. The CMF fiscal year begins October 1 and ends September 30. There will also be an announcement made about how we intend to resume and continue the conversation about the Sanctuary Coalition.
October 8 there will be a time after lunch for the congregation to meet together to continue conversation about the Sanctuary Coalition. There will be more details coming about how Council envisions this work of consensus building. For now, please save the date. ~Thank you, Naomi Goertz, Council Chair