Students reflect on working as a summer pastoral intern – Reflections from Adrienne Redekopp, Theo Dyck and Stan Derksen
My first memories of TV are in black and white. Like many Latin American children, I loved to watch North American programs. I learned very interesting things about North America. There were strange humans, such as The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, and Man from Atlantis. Cartoons showed us mice, birds, cats, and dogs who could speak.
“I forget my troubles when I’m here – I can simply see God,” said Nathan Giroux, 14. “In our world you can rarely see God face to face but in nature you can do that.”
Grief, Grace and Hope: The Autobiography of Pakisa K. TshimikaAuthor: Pakisa K. TshimikaLately I have read several autobiographies by people I have known personally who have overcome great obstacles to achieve their goals. Pakisa Tshimika’s story tops them all with the courage he displays in triumphing over adversity. In the introduction, Tshimika quotes Henri Nouwen: “The question is not how to avoid loss…but how to choose it as a passage, as an exodus to greater life and freedom.”
Campaign for establishing of department of peace in Canadian government; MCC’s theme for Peace Sunday; Professor Chris Cox wins scholarship; Changes for Mennonite Church USA; Canadian Council of Churches reflect health care in Canada; New legislation planned to affect Canadians in Paraguay; al Shabaab rebels kill suspected convert; Intermenno Trainee Program ends; Census on Canadian Aboriginals
Books Profiled are: Tell It Slant, Author: Eugene H. Peterson; Building Bridges, Author: Wilmer Martin; Paper House, Author: Jean Janzen; Crossing Frontiers, Author: Helmut Lemke; Women in Early Austrian Anabaptism, Their Days, Their Stories, Author: Linda A. Huebert Hecht
Learning from the Stranger: Christian Faith and Cultural DiversityAuthor: David L. Smith In Learning From the Stranger, David Smith broadens our understanding of loving our neighbours. Loving our neighbours, he suggests, includes learning from them. In our multicultural society where diversity is an everyday reality, this message is more relevant than ever.
No matter how I looked at her, Lois was not appealing to me. She was much too heavy, slow of speech – though she talked a lot and could become eloquent – and in my view, totally out of touch with reality. There was a clumsiness about her, and her lack of coordination spilled out everywhere.
Books profiled are: Keeping in Step with the God of Peace: The Biblical Theology of Pacifism, Author: Arden Thiessen; Defenseless Christianity: Anabaptism for a Nonviolent Church, Authors: Gerald J. Mast & J. Denny Weaver; Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing, Authors: Emmanuel Katangole & Chris Rice; Living Gently in a Violent World: The Prophetic Witness of Weakness, Authors: Stanley Hauerwas & Jean Vanier
Decrepit rooms in a single resident occupancy hotel on Winnipeg’s former skid row may not be most people’s idea of a disaster site. But that didn’t stop Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) from running a four-week project at Red Road Lodge this summer.
This story of Jesus and the Canaanite woman has a high “squirm factor.” First of all, there is this pushy woman who keeps nattering relentlessly at Jesus. And then there is Jesus, who is somewhat disappointing in his lack of compassion and his harsh words.
It appeared like a gift from the sea. For more than 20 years I have been dragging treasures off the beach in front of our house. Of course, they are treasures not everyone recognizes: twisted pieces of driftwood, seal skulls, weathered planks, and logs – lots of logs. Enough, in fact, to build a log cabin for my children to play in.