“Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other” (Mark 10:50). The rich metaphor of salt, linked with peace, reminds that peacemaking isn’t passive but full of strength, flavour, character.
The Mennonite World Conference (MWC) gathering in Asuncion, Paraguay, this July was wonderfully rich in its worship and learning, its human diversity, its tangible sense of being united in Christ. From morning until night, it was packed full.
A Piece of ForeverAuthor: Laurel Dee GuglerWhen my children were younger, I was always on the lookout for good books to push their way or read aloud to them. Laurel Dee Gugler’s A Piece of Forever qualifies as a pleasurable reading experience but also conveys a “message” I believe in. It would definitely have landed on my list.
n September 2008, Neil Klassen travelled with his family to visit Friesland, the Paraguayan Mennonite colony where his grandfather settled in 1937. While there, the Toronto-based artist (www.neilklassen.com) was inspired by Mennonites’ relationship with the land. He began to explore this theme in a series of paintings, using a traditional motif of oil on canvas to symbolize the conventional values of the Mennonites.
This month’s Herald contains a variety of articles, news, views, and art we hope will become part of your spiritual refreshment this summer, whether at home or on holiday. There’s an ode to how God works in animation by Ken Priebe, a small and honest slice of life from Katie Funk Wiebe’s new memoir, lessons Dorothy Siebert learned about meddling, and more.
This month’s theme – Confessing Jesus – tips its hat toward the study conference on the same theme planned for this October. Thomas Yoder Neufeld, who will be the main speaker, writes of Jesus whom we proclaim as the Christ – both man and God – and Timothy Geddert provides a helpful piece on atonement, a subject that has recently become controversial and (perhaps unnecessarily) infused with fear.
The agenda was full – with reports, workshops, worship, and three sermons – and so it clipped along, with next to no discussion from the floor. For all its efficiency, however, the 78th convention of the Ontario Conference of MB Churches, held at Port Rowan MB Church Feb. 20–21, 2009, had a strong spirit of interactive engagement about it. Calls of “Amen” and “That’s right” were occasionally heard from the delegation of 155 and, from the podium, the news this year seemed mostly good.