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On Monday and Tuesday, Ila (our 11 year old daughter), Kyle Kerley, Carolyn May, and I represented Columbus Mennonite in Washington, DC at the Mennonite Action call for a ceasefire in Gaza and Israel.  There are good write-ups out there, like The Washington Post and...

A core principle of nonviolence is recognizing the humanity of your opponent.

   -opening line of an editorial in the January issue of Sojourners magazine

From our beginnings, Mennonites have emphasized the peacefulness of Jesus – his teachings, his life, his refusal to violently resist his execution at the hands of the state.  The church, Mennonites believe, is a continuation of this peaceable kin-dom of Jesus, a now-but-not-yet-fully-realized embodiment of...

If you were in worship last Sunday, you heard me share that we will have a record number of young people attending the Winter Camps at Camp Friedenswald the next two weekends. At last count, we will have 10 High Schoolers and 12 Middle Schoolers attending their respective weekends. That’s a record for at least as long as I’ve been around.

Additionally, we will be recognizing a record number of young people as part of the Coming of Age Celebration on February 4th.  We will be blessed by the gifts of these 9 young people as they lead us in worship, and we will have the opportunity to...

It’s 11am on Tuesday and the CMC fellowship hall is coming to life.  Carpools, caravans, and solo drivers from as far north as Bluffton/Pandora and as far south as Cincinnati are converging in Columbus to hold a service of prayer, singing, and testimonies outside Senator Sherrod Brown’s office downtown.  We will deliver a letter signed by Mennonites from across Ohio urging him to support a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and Israel.  Our church is a gathering point before heading out together, about 60 of us from eight congregations.  We’re part of 1700+ Mennonites in 41 separate public...

Church health is much more than numbers, but it’s helpful to track how many people are joining the circle of care and community that is congregational life.  Please pass the black registers at the end of the bench… 

Music Sunday has always been a high holy day on the church calendar and this past Sunday our attendance was 234.  I had Mim do some research and that was the most people since Easter 2019, the other peak high holy day.  The sanctuary doesn’t feel quite as full due to Zooming households – an option that extends our community even further – but it seems significant that we...

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