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In the last couple months there have been some significant and substantive conversations going on regarding the most prominent Mennonite theologian of the last half century – John Howard Yoder.  There are strong calls being made for the church and its institutions to more publicly come to terms with the fact that Yoder habitually sexually harassed women.  The first essay I saw addressing this was written on July 17 by Barbara Graber, “What’s to be done about John Howard Yoder?”  It’s powerful...

Today – today! – is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.  Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech symbolizes the sentiment and power of that historic event.  Hopefully you’ve had opportunity to tune in to any of the number of commemorations going on today and this past week. 

I have to admit I’ve had some hesitations leading up to today.  My fear has been that this would turn into a national exercise in hero worship, narrowing the significance of King’s prophetic message to the words of a larger-than-life individual who is now safely dead.  But in the...

To follow up from last week…

What does the church need to talk about?

What is the church afraid to talk about?

What has the church talked about too much?

These were the key questions that guided the discussion last Friday and Saturday at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS).  The time wasn’t quite what I expected.  It was much more contemplative than brainstormy, using a circle process that included passing around a talking object (only the one holding the object can talk) and practicing speaking into the center of the circle rather...

This Friday I’ll be heading up to Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana to meet with a small group of folks to discuss a compelling question: What are the five most important conversations the church needs to have in the next decade? This conversation about these conversations was initiated by the Institute of Mennonite Studies, the research and publishing department of AMBS. 

It’s an exciting event to be a part of and is encouraging to see the wider church asking this kind of big and long term question of itself, of us.  It’s a chance to...

This fall-ish weather has been great – is Columbus like this all the time?!  It’s also somewhat of a reminder that summer is vanishing and the school year is pretty near.  Many of you have had the chance to take vacations out of town, are currently on vacation, or are planning one soon.  Wendell Berry is a favorite writer of mine (as you’ll be reminded on many occasions, I’m sure) and I came across this poem this week.  Vacation well, and may your pictures take you deeper into the experience rather than distance you from it.

The Vacation 

By Wendell...

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