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“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. ...

It is that time of year again: time to start looking forward to our Coming of Age Celebration on February 4, 2018 during our Sunday morning worship.  Starting this coming Sunday, our Junior High Sunday School class will begin planning the worship service for February 4, offering their ideas, suggestions, and gifts to the shaping of that service.  During the celebration, we will specifically be lifting up three of our youth and being blessed by their gifts of leadership among us. 

These three young people have already blessed our congregation in many ways, but the Coming of Age...

 

As we approach Christmas, we remember that Bethlehem is a real place with real people whose struggles are not dissimilar from Roman occupied Palestine in the first century.  We also remember that the nativity story, and the subsequent response of Herod, is a story of sanctuary, forced migration, and every day families subject to the violent whims of powerful state actors.

Below are two images that the Mennonite Palestine Israel Network (MennoPIN) is inviting us to ponder this year.  Both are...

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