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As far as I can tell, the origins of the rainbow pride flag have no connection to the biblical Noah story.  Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office, felt the gay community needed a symbol to rally around and asked his friend Gilbert Baker to design it.  Baker chose a flag because of its connection to pride, and the rainbow because it was naturally occurring and highly visible in the sky.  The rainbow flag was originally eight colors with each stripe assigned a meaning: hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature,...

This month marks ten years I’ve been at Columbus Mennonite.  In a word, it’s been good, and I’m grateful to be thinking about more goodness ahead rather than looking for an exit ramp. 

Pastoring is many things, and I may take some liberties this month or even summer to reflect on pastorhood in the blog.  Here’s one story:

The summer after my first year of seminary I attended a conference that included a panel of seasoned pastors.  One of the questions posed by the moderator went something like “When did you first realize you had become a pastor?”  One pastor’s response stood...

A friend recently recommended the book Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity by Devon Price. This friend found the book to be helpful in understanding his own experiences as a “masked” Autistic person, so I decided to read it to help myself better understand and relate to him as well as other neurodiverse people. 

The opening lines of the inside cover give a nice summary of what the book is about: “For every visibly Autistic person you meet, there are countless ‘masked’ Autistic people who pass as neurotypical. Masking is a common coping mechanism in...

CMC is having a good book writing year. 

This past Sunday Katie Mast shared that she and Ivan have co-authored a book with their daughter Krista about the family’s journey with Krista’s schizophrenia.  It’s rare enough for someone with this illness to be willing and able to write openly about it.  It’s another thing when it’s a family you know.  Orange...

This evening is the annual Commission Workshop.  This is when new and returning commission members, over 30 people, get together for a meal, get oriented to leadership and logistics, and have their first meeting of the commission year.  CMC commissions are Christian Ed, Community Life, Facilities, Shepherding, Worship, plus Leadership Team and the SHARE team – formerly Mission Coordinator.   

The lame ducks, as outgoing congregational chair Dan Halterman has referred to himself, have now completed their work and get a much-deserved rest.  Our commissions are the steadily...

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