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Anabaptist Witness, Volume 2, Number 1, April 2015:
A Global Anabaptist and Mennonite Dialogue on Key Issues Facing the Church in Mission
Anabaptist witness, like Christian witness more generally, necessarily involves
interaction with persons and communities of other religions and none. This
necessity arises from two considerations. The first is the missional constitution
of the church: the church is sent into the world as a liberation community embodying
and announcing God's peaceable reign. As sent, the church's activity
takes the form of witness to its sender, Jesus Christ. This witness, as is evident
in global Anabaptist witness today, includes worship, prayer, collaboration,
protest, sharing, friendship, argument, teaching, learning, and many other
practices undertaken to, for, and with the world.
The other consideration is the reality of globalization and the geographical extension of religious pluralism that it has enabled. Although it is true that Christianity has always been in contact with religious others, many observers suggest that globalization represents a new context for Christian witness. Mass transportation and media enable people, goods, and ideas to circulate around the globe at unprecedented speeds. If rampant economic inequalities mean the world is far from “flat,” it is yet connected across its peaks and valleys like never before.
Consideration of the church's missional constitution and context lead, therefore, to the claim that interaction with religious others is a necessary element of Anabaptist witness. But what does this interaction look like? What should it look like? What resources do Christian theology and missiology offer as guides to understanding and engaging other religions? The essays in this issue of Anabaptist Witness offer various responses to these questions, questions that make up the field of the “theology of religions.”
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Christian Discipleship Seminars
Begin Anew is a 16-session series of studies that can provide your congregation with rich rewards. As you work through the sessions, you will discover that Christianity is a combination of
believing, belonging, becoming, and behaving. This course is designed in a holistic way to bring about a clear faith in God as known in Jesus Christ, a solid sense of belonging in a family of loving people, and a disciplined lifestyle. This new lifestyle leads to becoming joyfully involved in a ministry in the church and in God’s mission in the world.
These studies are for everyone, no matter their background or what compelled them to come to faith in Jesus. They may be young adults who grew up in the church, dropped out, and are now interested in making a new start. They may be brand-new to the faith and to your congregation. Or perhaps they simply want to understand the Christian faith from an Anabaptist perspective.
Begin Anew offers considerable flexibility. You can work through the four units in any order. For instance, if your group considers itself “spiritual” but not necessarily Christian, you may want to start with Unit 3, “Begin Anew to Become.” This unit explores vital Christian practices such as Scripture reading, prayer, generous giving, and meeting in a small group. If your group has questions about acceptance or friendships, you may want to start with Unit 2, “Begin Anew to Belong.” Some leaders may want to begin with issues of belief and end with issues of behaviour.
Come Lord Jesus, be our Host
Come Lord Jesus be our Host helps us stop and take a good look at what we really believe about communion. It guides congregations as they navigate the waters of change that surround the Lord’s Table by providing reflections and tools such as summarized research, sample litanies, and discernment processes. Each chapter includes doodle graphics as well as stimulating discussion questions.
Engaging this six-session study guide will help congregations celebrate communion faithfully in ways that respect Christian tradition, honour Jesus as host, and help form and celebrate faith for all ages and stages. Come Lord Jesus be our Host engages statements from Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective alongside of current denominational discernment practices to guide the adaptive changes we are making to our beliefs and practices about children, adolescents, and communion.
Also see the separate adult Doodling Pages.
May 2015 CommonWord Curator:
Newsletter of CommonWord, distributed 10 times/year to our subscribers and in Mennonite Church Canada's congregational "Equipping" package.
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