Storytelling for Preschoolers and their Caregivers
Join storyteller mother and grandmother Elise Rempel on the carpet for active worship with picture books, Bible stories and activities.
For more information, see our Facebook event page.
Deuteronomy is a book full of life, stories of God's people, and a vision for walking in the way of God. Considered by some to be the theological center of the Old Testament, Deuteronomy has been called the gospel according to Moses, with its attention to divine grace and practices of justice. Deuteronomy has also disturbed thoughtful readers throughout history, having been used to justify violence and all manner of war.
In this insightful commentary, Old Testament scholar Gerald Gerbrandt invites readers to struggle with the difficult passages and to humbly converse with the book's consistently hopeful themes of covenant, land, and leadership. Against the backdrop of apathy and amnesia and countless competing modern-day gods, Deuteronomy calls for the exclusive worship of the one God, with a reminder of what that God has done for us. It presents a vision for a community of brothers and sisters who treat each other with justice and generosity.
By examining the book that Jesus quoted when asked about the heart of Israel's faith, Gerbrandt unfolds for readers the richness of a book that is endlessly challenging and remarkably relevant for today.
Being a Faithful Church Bundle (2009-2015):
Documents 1, 2, 3, 4, 4.1, 5, 5.1, 6.1, 7
This paper includes 10 parts:
- Part 1: Testing the spirits in the Midst of Hermeneutical Ferment - March 2009
- Part 2: “Peace Church” as “Pacifist Church” - July 2010
- Part 3: A Plan to Discern Faithfulness on Matters of Sexuality - July 2011
- Part 4: Using the Bible in Helpful and Unhelpful Ways - July 2012
- Part 4.1: Exercising Our Interpretive Muscles: Testing our Interpretive Framework - September 2012
- Part 5: Between Horizons: Biblical Perspectives on Human Sexuality - November 2013
- Part 5.1: Between Horizons: Biblical Perspectives on Human Sexuality Assembly 2014 Discernment Guide - April, 2014
- Part 6: Unity, Christ’s Love, and Faithfulness in Discerning Matters of Sexuality
- Part 6.1: Summary and Analysis of BFC 6
- Part 7: Summary and Recommendation on Sexuality 2009-2015
- related curriculum from Mennonite Church BC
- related individual study from Mennonite Church Alberta
- related dramatization to introduce the BFC 4 document
- related Bible study by Bryan Moyer Suderman
- related summary of BFC 5 by Sargent Ave Mennonite
- related video by Loren Johns.
- related resources from AMBS
- related 'thought experiment' and covenant by Glenn Brubacher and David Augsburger
- related essay by Susanna Guenther Loewen
- related biblical discernment study by Central Plains District Conference
- related essay by Bryan Moyer Suderman
- related conference by Mennonite Church Manitoba.
God of All Comfort:
Mental Health Resources for Church Worship
Statistics tell us that 20% of Canadians will experience mental illness in their lifetime. It affects
all of us at some time, whether personally, through a family member, a friend or colleague. That
means we share our pews with people who are living this experience. Yet, because of the stigma
that surrounds mental illness and the culture of victory that pervades our places of worship, many
who are living with mental illness do so in silence.
As a faith-based organization, Communitas Supportive Care Society provides services for people living with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. We are inspired by Jesus Christ to be a place of belonging, growth and contribution. We envision communities of fully human, interdependent citizens. Our hope is that people with developmental disabilities and/or mental health challenges can participate fully in their places of worship. Our hope is that this material will create a space where people can talk freely and safely about the challenges they face. We hope to remove the stigma that still exists around mental illness and provide church leadership with further resources to help support everyone in our congregations towards mental wellness.
In this packet you’ll find tools to use in worship: prayers, readings, a dramatic reading, song suggestions, sermon prompts and more. You’ll also find stories from people who live with mental illness and those who support them. We have created video clips that tell more stories in a shorter format. There is great variety here, from many authors and contributors, and we hope that you will find these tools helpful as your explore this topic in the context of your own worship service.
Seeking to Be Faithful Together:
The Bible and Same Sex Relationships
Mennonite Church Manitoba’s Bible Study Conference entitled: “Seeking to be Faithful Together: The Bible and Same Sex Relationships” took place on September 26, 2015 at Morden Mennonite Church in Morden. Just over 200 persons were in attendance.
Included here are the presentations (on video) and the working document (PDF download).
- Approaching the Bible Together - Michael Pahl
- Differences in How We Approach the Bible - Dan Epp-Tiessen
- Focusing on the New Testament - Michael Pahl
- Moving Forward: Some Suggested Points of Agreement - Michael Pahl
- On Being the Church: A Garden, A Body and a Table - John H. Neufeld
How Do Men 'Experience God'?:
Reflections from a Doctor of Ministry Thesis
Scott is a pastor in Kitchener, Ontario, and recently summarized his D.Min. thesis about men’s spirituality into this shorter booklet. Some topics discussed include:
- Why are experiences with God important?
- What recurring themes did the men express?
- Is our theological language in church failing to connect with men’s experiences of God?
- How can we encourage men to more often experience God and to better express those experiences?
My Creative Contemplative Journal
What does it mean to live creatively and contemplatively?
For Lois, it might mean wandering around the local reservoir with her camera, or playing with words and images late at night. For April, it might mean using coloured pens to write in her journal, or writing an early morning blog post on Scripture and prayer.
What might it mean for you?
This journal invites you to explore this question for yourself - with striking full-colour photographs, inspiring quotes, and plenty of room to make this journal your own.
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