March Letters

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Salt and light, The work of justice, They matter too much, A call for respect, The marginalized are here, New, but poor, No negotiationre August, October, January

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Walking in the ordinary way of peace

Sunday, March 1, 2009

In 1569, Dirk Willems was fleeing for his life across a frozen pond. Imprisoned for his faith, he had escaped custody, but a “thief-catcher” was hard on his…

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The sins of sex, money, and power

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Some years ago, Richard Foster published a book with the title, Money, Sex and Power. I’ve been reflecting on these categories, especially in the face of recent moral…

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Acedia and Me

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Kathleen Norris
An ancient ill revealed today
In her latest book, well-known poet and spiritual writer Kathleen Norris draws the veil away from the boredom, escapism, commitment phobia, and inertia she sees in our culture and makes a provocative proposal: much of this is “the ancient demon of acedia in modern dress,”…

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Isn’t it time?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

For a short time, I was a youth pastor at Siksika First Nation in southern Alberta, under YMI-TREK. I asked some of the parents at a youth meeting…

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From suburban foster child to inner city “tomato stick”: A Métis man’s story

Sunday, March 1, 2009

My mother, a Cree woman, was born at the Jackhead Reserve, just north of Hodgson, Manitoba, in 1941. She lived with relatives at Fisher River, then went back…

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A question mark against all truths

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Romans 1:16; 8:31 In a classic recounting of his life as a slave on a Southern plantation, Frederick Douglass tells the story of his master’s garden. “This garden…

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Much pain, much beauty

Sunday, March 1, 2009

From their beginnings, the Mennonite Brethren held mission as a high priority. Within 30 years of establishing the denomination, they were sending missionaries to evangelize Indians on the Asian subcontinent. In that same period, Mennonites began migrating to Canada, where they met a group of people, also, at that time, called Indian

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Letting go at Lent

Sunday, March 1, 2009

We’re now in the season of Lent – going up to Jerusalem, as it were, with Jesus. When we check the route (in the so-called Travel Narrative of…

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Do we love our Aboriginal neighbours?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Why should the Mennonite community be concerned about the plight of Aboriginal people – your neighbours? I will speak from my heart on this topic. The First Nations…

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Legacy collection available at Centre

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Ben Horch’s collection of music, hymnbooks, correspondence, photos, and family papers resides at the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. Horch was one of Canada’s most influential and charismatic…

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Music Note: Beyond the Din

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Five participants in Mennonite Central Committee’s prison visitation program recorded this CD of original music. All five musicians have been, or are still, incarcerated in Manitoba correctional institutions….

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The Kings and Their Gods: The Pathology of Power

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Daniel Berrigan
Disturbing, but a joy to read
Wit, poetic reflection, criticism, and a disturbing re-evaluation of Yahweh are tucked in among the historical summaries and exegetical explanations of Daniel Berrigan, distinguished Roman Catholic theologian, author, and peace activist in The Kings and Their Gods. As a commentary on I and II Kings, it begins with David and ends with Isaiah…

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Destination Unknown

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Adam Padfield
Gratitude permeates winning debut
Adam Padfield’s debut album, Destination Unknown, won the 2007 Gospel Music Association Covenant Award for Best Blues/Jazz Album of the year, and it’s easy to understand why. The album is an impressive musical experience with great attention to detail…

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Response to crisis builds faith

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Choco region of Colombia, home to 14 Mennonite Brethren churches, experiences regular flooding due to rainfall, but in early 2008, the town of Istmina experienced a new…

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