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Inspired by the CMC children playing in the labyrinth in the fellowship hall on Sunday.

 

One way to walk a labyrinth

is to go slow, in quiet solitude.

Savor each step.

Mind the turns, the twists.

They, like your life,

fit a greater pattern

not easily perceived.

Go forward and,

though you don’t know how

to navigate

you will arrive in the center.

Or,

you could run.

You could weave and wind your way through,

nearly dizzy with delight.

Make a ruckus with...

 

Jim Wallis, longtime leader of the progressive evangelical organization Sojourners, is fond of saying that faith is always personal, but never private.  Faith ought to deeply impact us on the personal level, but, as Wallis’ saying goes, personal doesn’t mean private.  Faith, by its nature, affects the kinds of relationships we form and with whom we form them.  Wallis has persistently encouraged folks in the evangelical world to move beyond a “Me and God” mentality, finding ways to live out faith convictions for the common good....

 

Toward the end of last year The Mennonite magazine put out an invitation to submit articles on the theme of race and faith.  I wrote about our congregation’s journey last year.  It has just been posted on The Mennonite website, and I’m copying the text below as well.

By way of brief follow up, I’m pleased that the organization Faith in Public Life has been convening Columbus faith leaders once a month to address...

 

Here’s another sign of the strange times we live in:  Today, while driving back and forth to Lima Mennonite Church for a CDC pastor peer meeting, listening to the recent five part series by On the Media called Busted: America’s Poverty Myths, I found myself being encouraged by these difficult stories of crushing poverty.

“Encouraged” maybe isn’t the right word.  “Heartened?”  Not quite.  “Fortified?”  Yes, something like that.  Fortified.

The series was released several months ago. In five...

“What am I willing to sacrifice to make sanctuary happen?”

This was the question that was posed to the audience toward the end of the workshop put on by the Central Ohio Worker Center last evening.  A crowd of more than 300 people (including many of you) crammed into our worship space, listened to an overview of how the U.S. immigration system works (or often doesn’t work), heard how the recent administration change and executive orders are affecting immigrant populations, and explored some ideas about what it might mean...

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