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Arguing our way toward a storm-worthy moral canopy
Practicing Reconciliation blog
Sara Wenger Shenk, president
On a mostly sunny afternoon soon after moving to Indiana, with only possible thunderstorms predicted, my husband, Gerald, and I were biking through flat farm fields when a tornado siren blast reached us eight miles out of town. With no shelter nearby, we hightailed it back.
Soon gale-force horizontal winds and rain forced us to abandon our bicycles. Under the onslaught, we scurried down a bank to crouch under small trees. As lightning flashed, feeling completely vulnerable to the ferocious storm, I began to cross myself in prayer. Mercifully the storm abated, and we made it home — muddied, drenched to the bone, and a little wiser to the ways of Indiana weather.
Shelter from the storm
Elemental forces have threatened human beings in every age. No human community has survived without finding or constructing shelter from the elements. This is true both physically and spiritually. Many of us would agree that social, religious and political forces are currently creating a dangerous confluence of storm conditions. What we need as Anabaptist communities is a storm-worthy moral canopy under which we can stand together, even with our differences.
Read more Photo credit: "Canopy" by Shannon (Flickr/Creative Commons)
Alumna Sarah Thompson to speak at Goshen College’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Day celebration
Sarah Thompson, director of Christian Peacemaker Teams and AMBS graduate (MDiv 2011), will be the featured speaker at Goshen (Indiana) College’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day celebration, to be held Jan. 15–16.
You are invited to attend her public presentations:
“MLK and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” Sunday, Jan. 15, 9:30 a.m. at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, to be followed by sermon response and discussion at 11 a.m.
“MLK, the Poor People’s Campaign, and Elkhart County since the Great Recession”
Community Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16, 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall on the Goshen College campus (advance tickets required)
Karen Martinez, originally from Honduras, is a mental health therapist at Multilingual Psychotherapy Centers in West Palm Beach, Florida. She’s earning an MDiv at a distance by taking a combination of hybrid and online courses.
“Taking classes online through the MDiv Connect program works for me because I’m not able to attend on campus due to the distance. I had a great experience attending the LEAP [Leadership Education in Anabaptist Perspective] week in August and getting to spend time with my classmates.”
Know people with leadership gifts, a heart for ministry or a passion for theological study?
Encourage them to check out our Seminary Preview Day or schedule a campus visit on another date. This is the ideal way to get first-hand information on academic programs, financial aid and scholarships, and to experience life in our learning community!
Cultivating Intercultural Leadership for Diversity-Oriented Churches
Featuring A. Brian Leander, Ph.D., church planter, researcher, and the assistant director for the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.
Why did Pastors Week planners choose to focus this year’s leadership development event on helping participants strengthen their capacity for intercultural leadership?
An awareness of the changing demographics and growing diversity in many of the congregations the seminary serves was primarily what motivated the planners to take on this topic, said Jewel Gingerich Longenecker, AMBS’s dean of Lifelong Learning.
“Congregations are experiencing a lot of change, whether they want it or not. In some cases, people seek diversity; in others, it’s a fact of the world we live in,” she said.
“We wanted to address how to work with people in ways that do not just absorb them into the dominant ethos, but allow the ethos to change. How does the congregation take the voices of new people seriously? How does it become a new thing — more like God’s intentions for the world?”
• Keep your ministry fresh
• Connect with professors and colleagues
• Remember your purpose
While leadership clinics are designed for active church leaders, they are valuable for lay leaders as well. You don’t need to be ordained or in a ministry role to take advantage of this opportunity to learn! Feel free to pass this information along to lay leaders you know.
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