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The July issue of Sojourners magazine includes an article featuring icon artist Angela Manno.  As an established contemporary artist in the 90s Manno decided to explore liturgical art by studying under a master iconographer in the Byzantine-Russian style.  Manno explains that the process of icon creation itself carries spiritual meaning, mirroring our own creation.  The blank wooden board represents the tree of life.  To this 13 layers of white primer are added, representing pure consciousness.  A...

“And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”  Revelation 22:2

This week I’m transporting leaves from Columbus to Goshen, Indiana.  That’s where six of us from CMC will gather with other representatives from Central District Conference congregations for our annual meeting.   The leaves aren’t real – although they are colored on paper which I guess technically comes from trees.  CMC kids (and a few adults) colored them during our outdoor service at Highbanks a couple weeks ago.  All the CDC congregations are doing the same.  I believe we’ll be having a...

This coming Sunday is Pentecost.  One of the great phrases in that Acts 2 story occurs after the Spirit has swept through the upper room in Jerusalem where the Jesus followers had gathered, the sound of wind and flame mixing with the voices of festival pilgrims from all over the Roman world, each spontaneously declaring the praises of God in their own native language.  Onlookers are amazed and perplexed, looking at one another and asking, “What does this mean?”

It’s a question many of us across Mennonite Church USA are asking after having gathered last weekend from around the US for...

Joel and I meet monthly with other pastors and credentialed leaders from Central District Conference for conversation, support, and fellowship.  At the last gathering, the topic that was suggested for the group was to have everyone offer a few of their “10 Commandments for Ministry.”  What “thou shalts” or “thou shalt nots” help guide and ground the work that we do? 

Many helpful pieces of wisdom were offered around the circle, some were more lighthearted while others were attempts to tackle some of the harder issues of ministry.  We all agreed that most of the classics like “Thou...

At the end of this month delegates from around Mennonite Church USA will be meeting for the Special Session of the Delegate Assembly in Kansas City.  Delegates typically meet during church wide biennial conventions on the odd years, but last year…Covid.  So we’re meeting in person over four days on Memorial Day Weekend this year.  CMC gets two delegates plus a youth delegate, so Katie Graber and I, plus Eve Miller will be representing the congregation.

There are four resolutions on the table. 

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