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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...

 

In August of 1966, three years after his “I have a dream speech,” a Gallup poll found that Martin Luther King Jr’s national popularity had fallen to a 63% negative rating.  Only 12% of all Americans registered a “highly favorable” opinion of King.  In the remaining year and a half of his life King would come out strongly against the Vietnam War and expand civil rights to an economic platform.  These controversial calls for radical systemic change cost him more allies.  He was helping mobilize the “Poor People’s Campaign” in Memphis when he was assassinated in April of 1968....

What a wild, and sometimes tumultuous ride 2016 was.  Before we get too far along in 2017, here’s a snapshot of what happened in the life of this congregation last year.  It was a full year.  We intentionally confronted racism and affirmed that black lives matter.  We did some work on our building.  And we had some fun along the way.  Because of the long list this year I’ve left off a few of the annual regulars.  If you make it all the way to the bottom, congratulations.

+ CRC Kids Club after school program begins meeting in our church basement

+ Winter Seminar on aging with...

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