Being a Faithful Church Bundle (2009-2015):
Documents 1, 2, 3, 4, 4.1, 5, 5.1, 6.1, 7, CM
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.
- a video and website by listeningchurch.ca
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.
Wrongs to Rights:
How Churches can Engage the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Honouring the call of Indigenous peoples from around the world, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has specifically summoned, not only the State, but all churches to embrace the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. But what is the Declaration? And how might it gift and reorient Christian faith and practice?
In Wrongs to Rights, over 40 authors from diverse backgrounds – Indigenous and Settler, Christian and Traditional – wrestle with the meaning of the Declaration for the Church. With a firm hold on past and present colonialism, the authors tackle key questions that the Declaration and the TRC’s call to “adopt and comply” raises: What are its potential implications? How does it connect to Scripture? Can it facilitate genuine decolonization, or is “rights talk” another form of imperialism? And what about real life relationships? Can the Declaration be lived out – collectively and personally – on the ground?
Short articles combined with poetry and visual arts provide a rich, engaging and accessible resource for individual and group conversation in 164 pages. A study guide is included.
Your purchase includes a copy of the "UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples."
Sylvia McAdam, Walter Brueggemann, Edgar Heap of Birds, Jennifer Preston, Sharon Venne, Kwok Pui-Lan, Joyce Green, Mike Barker, Lowell Ewert, Shannon Perez, Ched Myers, George Littlechild, Mark Brett, Brenda Gunn, Will Braun, Shane Rhodes, Jennifer Harvey, Lorenzo Veracini, Gord Hill, Lori Ransom, Ethna Regan, Adrian Jacobs, Linda Hogan, Dave Driedger, Laurel Dykstra, Chris Budden, Fran Kaye, Harry Lafond, Terry LeBlanc, Melanie Kampen, Laiza Pacheco, Jeff Denis, Adam J. Barker, Emma Battell Lowman, Sheryl Lightfoot, Melanie Dennis Unrau, Sue Eagle, KAIROS, James Perkinson, Ryan Dueck, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Angela Sterritt, Deanna Zantingh, Steve Bell, Romeo Saganash, Steve Heinrichs
The 2-sided poster, found on pages 34-35, 124-125 can be downloaded separately here.
Also see related podcast.
For additional reading click here.
Note: Intotemak subscribers will receive a free copy as part of their subscription.
The Listening Church project creates space for hearing Mennonite LGBTQ people speak about their experiences in Mennonite Church Canada congregations. Drawing on the wisdom of their experiences in the church the participants share insights for the church as it discerns how to faithfully relate to those in our community who identify as other than heterosexual.
From February to August 2015, Darryl Neustaedter Barg and Irma Fast Dueck, travelled across Canada interviewing various LGBTQ folk in the pews of the Mennonite churches they were connected to. This 30 minute video represents only a part of the rich conversations that were had along the way.
The Listening Church project came as a request from Mennonite Church Canada’s Being a Faithful Church process. During the discernment process the BFC task force received a clear request for the voice of the LGBTQ community in our congregations.
Our conversations specifically concentrated on three areas:
- we asked people to describe their experiences as LGBTQ people in the Mennonite church.
- we asked people why being part of the church was important to them.
- we asked folk to share any wisdom they had from their own experience that they could share with the church as the church discerns how to faithfully relate to those who identify as other than heterosexual.
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.
Study Guide for the Film
Study guide for the film, Reserve 107 (produced by Brad and Adrienne Leitch) presently being shown at various public screenings across North America.
Indigenous rights and title to the land remains a taboo topic for many across Canada, but in the small town of Laird, Saskatchewan, an old injustice is providing new opportunities for dialogue, friendship and a fierce determination to right the wrongs of the past.
Visit us at 2299 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
Perogies/Sausage CMU apparel Fair-trade TTV gifts Greeting cards
Monday - Friday - 9:00-5:00
Saturday - 10:00-3:00
Sunday - closed