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Bread for the Journey:
Meditations and Recipes to Nourish the Soul
You feed your loved ones. But how do you nourish your soul?
Strengthen your relationship with God. Savor everyday moments. Deepen your faith. In this heartfelt book of meditations for women, the bestselling authors of the Mennonite Girls Can Cook series serve as friends and companions on your spiritual journey. The 90 daily devotionals provide morsels for inspiration and reflection, all drawn from God's unending promises in Scripture. Interspersed throughout the devotional are favorite recipes, inviting us to extend our tables and share God's blessing with others.
Join the Mennonite Girls as they journey deep into God's Word. Give thanks to the God who gives us bread for our journeys, one day at a time.
Summer 2016 CommonWord Curator:
Newsletter of CommonWord, distributed 10 times/year to our subscribers.
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Deep Faith Conference:
Anabaptist Faith Formation for All Ages
October 6-8, 2016 at AMBS
A formation conference for and by Anabaptist formation leaders! The
Deep Faith conference will gather Anabaptist pastors, teachers and lay
leaders to re-imagine what faith formation ministry looks like in this
century through theology, relationship and practice.
October 6-8 at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN.
The Harmony Tree:
A Story of Healing and Community
In The Harmony Tree, an old grandmother oak tree is spared when loggers come through and clear-cut a forest. Grandmother Oak finds herself alone until new houses start showing up on the land, along with new trees. Grandmother Oak tries to make friends with these trees, but they are shallow and focused only on themselves. As Grandmother Oak shares her stories and how she came to have such deep roots, she finds hope and healing. The other trees, seeing the value of Grandmother Oak's history with the land, begin to find strength too.
The inspiration for this story comes from the author's own fifty-acre farm, where all the virgin trees were logged except for a large, white oak tree that sat at the top of a hill. Randy Woodley, says, "I was always grateful the loggers left that one 300-year-old tree for us to enjoy." That and the tragic circumstances that caused the Woodleys to lose their land and farm just because they were Native Americans inspired Randy to write this story.
Under such circumstances, Randy wondered, "How could this one tree bring about healing and friendship in the world? If we can change our minds about our current views of progress, ecology, and the relationship between settler and host peoples, then maybe that one grandmother oak tree, left uncut, offers some hope for everyone.
Afterword by Walter Brueggemann.
2016 MCC Peace Packet:
Women as Peacebuilders
Use on November 6, Peace Sunday 2016, or at another convenient opportunity.
The inspiration for this year's theme comes from several sources:
- the biblical story of Jesus and the women who were drawn to and transformed by the message of his peace-filled reign;
- stories of amazing women from around the world who experience desperate situations of war and violent conflict, and yet who respond with loving non-violence;
- the growing field of “women and peacebuilding” and the learnings it offers for birthing a more just and peaceful world.
Rather, this focus is intended to acknowledge the reality that, while women are deeply involved in peacebuilding at grassroots and middle-sector levels, they are rarely present at higher levels of peace negotiations and their concerns are not often represented at the tables where peace agreements are made. That needs to change.
Secondly, the focus is intended to highlight the myriad ways women creatively and courageously pursue peace with justice around the world, often at great risk. May their example inspire and encourage all of us to be peacebuilders.
2016 MC Canada Assembly Videos:
Streamed Live, July 6-10, 2016
The worship, business, plenary and discernment sessions of the 2016 Mennonite Church Canada Assembly in Saskatoon, SK, July 6-10.
Visit us at 2299 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
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Monday - Friday - 9:00-5:00
Saturday - 10:00-3:00
Sunday - closed