“I never thought, as a kid washing carrots from my parents’ garden, that I’d land up here,” says Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) farm collective co-founder DeLayne Toews, dirt under his fingernails and a grin on his face. More than a “garden project,” the urban farm on CMU’s west Winnipeg campus sells sustainably grown produce, teaches about food’s connection to the land, provides a practical outlet for academic disciplines, and explores spiritual vocation.
Columbia Bible College (CBC) president Ron Penner has informed his board he intends to retire within two years. Penner came to CBC as academic dean in 1997, after a teaching and administrative career in Fresno, Cal., with Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (now Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary), and became president in 2007.
It’s now three months since I started my new post as director of the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, located at the Canadian conference office in Winnipeg. These weeks have been filled with meeting a new group of colleagues, learning a new office culture, and developing a new set of research practices. All of this has been a welcome challenge and, surprisingly, one not unlike what I encountered in my last post as a seminary professor.
Sunday, Sabbath, and the Weekend: Managing Time in a Global CultureEditors: Edward O’Flaherty and Rodney L. Petersen, with Timothy A. NortonSunday, Sabbath, and the Weekend is a collection of essays that covers a wide range of issues related to Sabbath keeping. Rather than a general treatise on how individuals can keep a personal Sabbath, this book looks at the impact of Sabbath keeping on community and communities – from the local church to the whole world.
Love Wins, Author: Rob BellGod Wins, Author: Mark Galli“Let’s you and him fight!” The old comic-book trope is good advice for bystanders as Mark Galli’s God Wins counters Rob Bell and his book Love Wins. The two are respected evangelical leaders (an editor and a pastor) who attract headlines and readerships as they debate “heaven,” “hell,” and the “good news.” Their subject is a meaningful alternative to the otherwise preoccupying evangelicals’ debates over homosexuality and abortion.
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But in a society where we’ve increasingly lost touch with our agrarian and spiritual roots, we also seem to have lost some vital thanksgiving rituals that could further assist us in cultivating a harvest of gratitude in our busy lives.
You could almost time the passersby’s reaction to us four teenaged guys dressed in baby-blue blazers (purchased at an MCC Thrift Store) perched in the mezzanine of the Steinbach Regional Secondary School gym: a stare, a smirk, and a shake of the head. Our low-budget crew consisted of Marty behind the VHS camera and rickety tripod, Ken holding a microphone duct-taped to a hockey stick (boom mic), and Chris providing colour commentary to my play-by-play call of the games below.