The fields were covered in mist on the 90-minute drive from St. Catharines, Ont., to Elmira, Ont., at 5:30 a.m. on a cool spring morning. A church elder had invited…
present tense: a Mennonite spirituality
Author: Gordon Houser
A gentle and personal book, present tense covers eight main distinctives Gordon Houser sees as characterizing Mennonite spirituality: practice, patience, peace, politics, play, prayer, perfection, and presence. The book offers practical reflections on how these eight characteristics have been carried out by Mennonites, and how readers might observe them in their own lives.
On the heels of Canada’s record-breaking 14 gold medals at the 2010 Olympic Games, Scott Street MB Church, St. Catharines, Ont., held its own winter competition during spring break, March 15–19, 2010. Unit #9, an empty apartment available for community organizations at 10 Old Pine Trail, was the centre of activity. Many of the residents at the 80-unit housing complex run by Niagara Regional Housing are recent immigrants, single parents, or unemployed.
Fifty years in the same branch of work is something to celebrate, and a long career in church ministry is especially notable. For Portage Avenue Church, Winnipeg, the Apr. 13 service was a chance to acknowledge the commitment of one of its long-time leaders.