Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights

Check out this podcast from Mennonite Church Canada’s Church Matters where Dan Dyck interviews Kathleen Vitt and Henry Neufeld on their participation in the upcoming Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights, organized by Mennonite Church Canada and Christian Peacemakers Team.  From April 23 – May 15, pilgrims will walk from Kitchener to Ottawa in support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and in support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; educating people and building awareness of this conversation.

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A Commitment to Right Remembering

It’s a little while back, so many of you may not recall this; but one of the first sermons I delivered at The First Mennonite Church discussed Miroslav Volf’s book The End of Memory.  At the time, we were discussing the question of “How do we remember rightly on the occasion of Remembrance Day?”  If you’d like to check it out, you can find it on our Sermons page under the title of How Do We Remember on Nov. 8, 2015.

You might understand then why I was particularly impressed and inspired by a recent declaration made by the faculty of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary called Commitment to Right Remembering.

You can check out the declaration here: http://www.ambs.edu/news-events/news/907765/ambs-faculty-commitment-to-right-remembering?utm_source=AMBS&utm_campaign=786fe56bf0-2017+March+22+eNews%3A+Fac+Stmt%2C+J+Schimdt+M+TMiller&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_37365c9982-786fe56bf0-71478157

This declaration was clearly made in light of recent American political actions surrounding the issues of immigration and refugees; and I was particularly inspired by both their stance and their commitment to demonstrating how they are attempting to not just uphold these values in theory, but also in practice.  Check it out for yourself and see what you think!

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International Women’s Day

I’m celebrating International Women’s Day today by doing two things:

  1. Expressing profound gratitude for how the image of God is expressed fully, completely, and collectively through women.
  2. Remembering women who impact my own faith and understanding of God, such as Nadia Bolz-Weber.  I love how Nadia challenges my pre-conceptions and ideas; and inspires me to a bolder, more adventurous faith into messiness and grace.

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Heaven is coming down to the world

This coming Sunday at the  First Mennonite Church, we’ll be talking about how Heaven isn’t just a place we get to.  It’s a place that also comes down to earth.  But for you music enthusiasts, why don’t I let the folks from Gungor, accompanied by singer/songwriter Israel Houghton, tell you about it?

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What will Heaven be like?

This Sunday, we kick off a new series we’re calling Is Heaven for Real? and one of the first questions we’re going to look at is “What is Heaven like?”

It’s always fascinating to hear from people on what they think about this mysterious concept; so as preparation for our time this Sunday, check out this interview with several Michigan State University students where they were asked, “What will Heaven be like?”

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The Dardars make MCC’s top 9 stories in 2016

The Dardar publicity train keeps rolling; now with an appearance as one of Mennonite Central Committee’s top 9 stories of 2016!  So wonderful to see our relationship with the Dardars and our church’s work inspiring so many people to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis.


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Melissa Schulze in the Top 10 under 30!

Did you know that our very own Melissa Schulze was recently nominated and named to the Top 10 under 30 in Mennonite Church Canada?  Congrats to Melissa, and you can check out the article below!


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