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When I was in college, I found an old party game in the back of a closet.  The game was called A Question of Scruples, and the gist of the game was that you had to guess how other people would respond to an ethical dilemma drawn at random from a big stack of cards that contained hundreds of different situations.  I don’t think my friends and I ever really followed the rules for gameplay, but throughout that summer we spent hours discussing the different situations that the cards presented and arguing our points for the ones that seemed especially tricky.

The High School Sunday...

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of Edith in Sanctuary in our church building.  The press continues to tell her story sympathetically, like THIS article in The Guardian, and THIS one in The Dispatch.  Edith actually first entered Sanctuary last Labor Day, but was able to briefly return home before entering...

Our Jewish friends are fasting today.  They are praying for themselves and the world, for us.  They are confessing shortcomings, and remembering the Mercy that holds us all.

Today is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, a high point of the Jewish calendar.  As they have in past years, the Little Minyan congregation, under the leadership of Rabbi Jessica Shimberg, is worshiping in our building.

They are chanting Hebrew in a Mennonite sanctuary.  The Torah scroll, held in the Ark, is elevated in front of the congregation.  Behind it hangs the World banner that has focused our...

It is so good to have Joel back, and I want to thank all of you who helped me make a summer of being the solo pastor for CMC go so smoothly.  In the last few days before Joel left for his sabbatical, he started sending me detailed lists of things to remember while he was gone, which included ministerial minutiae like making sure to blow out the Peace Candle after worship each Sunday.  It was at this point that myself and the rest of the office staff assured him, “We got this,” and shooed him out the door to relax. 

I’m not going to claim that the last three months were perfect, but...

It is good to be back with the Columbus Mennonite community after my seven week sabbatical.  I know I’ve said it before, but it is truly an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to serve within a community that recognizes the value of setting aside intentional time for rest and renewal. 

I spent a bit of my time during sabbatical thinking, reading, and talking with others about youth ministry, but one thing that has stuck with me is something that is not restricted to the realm of youth ministry.  In the book Contemplative Youth Ministry, Mark Yaconelli asserts that so many...

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