Canada pays a share of Haiti’s debt; Pastoral abundance; MDS encourages supporters; Moroccan Christians pursued through Facebook; Canada welcomes skilled workers; University offers programs for students with mental health challenges; Lack of washroom facilities causes death; 2011 Global Day of Prayer; Sea of Galilee losing fish; Former Goshen College president passes away; Canada to fight climate change; Scholars call for revision of passion play script; G20 leaders called to action in Turkey; Scientists and religion
We continue the celebration in this issue by featuring the talents of our very own Canadian Mennonite Brethren. In spring, we invited artists of all kinds to send us their stories, poetry, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and pictures for our creative arts contest. We were overwhelmed by both the quantity and quality of submissions.
1 & 2 Timothy, TitusAuthor: Paul M. ZehrPaul Zehr brings clarity and warmth to a new commentary in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series: 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus. In keeping with the series’ requirements, Zehr guides the reader into the text, into the whole Bible, and into life. Zehr, a Mennonite pastor, bishop, and seminary professor, shows that the pastoral epistles do not primarily teach pastoral work. Instead, they clarify the Christian community’s theology and apply it in the context of Christian ministry.
Last November, in my role as interim Herald editor, I wrote an editorial urging Mennonite Brethren to participate in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The Commission was formed as a provision of the 2006 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement between government, church entities, and former students. Its mandate was to work at healing the personal damage and broken relationships caused by the residential school system.
We are seduced by the language of the “superlative degree.” Our own noisy authorities know that this gets our attention, and so it is a rare social commentary that fails to include a generous sprinkling of superlatives.
This Hidden ThingAuthor: Dora Dueck“You’re not wanted…too fresh off the train.” So begins the fictional account of Maria Klassen, newly emigrated from South Russia to Winnipeg in the winter of 1927. From there, we witness Maria’s life as defined by the powerful secret she keeps.
Text Examined: Luke 10:25-37 – “I left the house that morning charged up, feeling clean, optimistic, and pretty spiritual. When I arrived at the clinic, others were there, quietly chatting. As an elderly woman sat down beside me, I did the noble thing: put down my magazine and smiled.”
On May 24, during 150th anniversary celebrations in Detmold, Mennonite Brethren church officials read a statement asking for forgiveness for spiritual arrogance, pride and lack of love, for excluding brothers and sisters from their community, and for a contemptuous attitude toward other Mennonite churches. They cited a desire to be open to communication and opportunities for co-operation.
Can we as people of faith speak for freedom for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40) around the globe? In conjunction with the World Religions Summit – the June 21–23 gathering of interfaith leaders from G8/G20 nations at University of Winnipeg – a panel addressed the challenge of ensuring human rights and religious freedom in light of poverty, environment degradation, and threats to security.
I write because I breathe. God saw fit to create me, and out of that knowledge comes a desire to be creative myself. It makes sense that – made in the Lord’s image and loved as his creation – I would also love creating. I may not have the ability or imagination to conceive of the vastness of space or the intricacies of the human cell, but that will not stop me from using what I have been given.
In 1959, three Mennonite Brethren men spearheaded a project with interested churches from three Fraser Valley communities to provide a personal care home for seniors. They turned the sod for a 39-bed complex in Abbotsford, B.C., a year later, and called it the Tabor Home.
There was little room for the arts in my Oma’s life. Oma survived famine in Russia, lived a refugee life in Poland and Germany, then immigrated to Canada with a husband, 4 children, and 2 boxes– all by the age of 40. Who had time to indulge the imagination with mouths to feed? How could one paint pictures when there was real work to be done? What good could come from make-believe stories about pretend characters played out upon a stage?
Life in the valley of shadows, re: June; Life beyond the valley of shadows, re: June; Editorial promotes unhealthy perspective, re: June; Following culture or following Scripture?, re: June; Articles on homosexuality lack clarity, re: June; Why not bless homosexuals?, re: June; Judging without understanding, re: June; Need to think clearly about homosexuality, re: June