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This past week I had the opportunity to attend the Schooler Institute on Preaching at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.  It was led by the Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney who drew on her expertise in biblical interpretation and womanist hermeneutics to challenge and inspire attendees to take seriously our calling as ministers of the Word. 

Gafney writes in her book,...

 

Leviticus 25 declares a Sabbatical year for Israel, one every seven.  It was to be a year of rest and renewal for the people (including hired laborers and slaves), the land (including agricultural fields), and animals.

Mennonite Church USA has its own Sabbatical guidelines.  It suggests pastors be granted a three month Sabbatical every four years.

2018 has turned out to be a Sabbatical year for both Mark (April and May) and me (June, July, August) – although this is my fifth year rather than fourth, and Mark’s Sabbatical will be two-ish months rather than three...

 

“The first clue, lesson number one from human history on the subject of nonviolence, is that there is no word for it.”

This is how Mark Kurlansky begins his book Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous IdeaHe goes on to note that every language has a word for violence, but none have an independent word for nonviolence.  All we have is a negation of that concept (violence) which we understand much better.  In Sanskrit, for example, himsa is the...

 

Yesterday was a big Sanctuary day, with two major events.

Mayor Ginther and several of his staff brought lunch for Edith and ate with her.  Two of her children and I joined.  We had a little over an hour for Edith to tell her story, Brandow and Stephanie to talk about what it’s like to fear being separated from their mother, and the four of us to ask the mayor to use his influence to petition ICE to affirm re-opening Edith’s asylum case.  We didn’t get a firm commitment from him, but are hopeful the meal will impact his perspective moving forward in how Columbus residents...

 

In previous years I’ve written a January blog to recap the past year.  It’s basically a long list of happenings, with lots of commas.  It’s a little overwhelming (to write and probably to read), and I inevitably leave out something important.  This time I’d like to pare it down to a highlight from each month.  Hopefully this captures a sense of where we’ve been together and, especially if you’re new-ish, gives a window into what we do and value as a congregation.

January | Drew Hart spoke at our Winter Seminar which we promoted to Mennonites around Ohio. ...

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