Enriching Our Communion: A Workshop:
Thursday, September 24, 2015
An interactive workshop for the pastor, worship planner/leader, deacon/elder in your congregation - anyone who plans communion services and is wanting to engage the conversation about our many, varied practices and understandings in the Mennonite family.
Join Elsie Rempel, author of Come Lord Jesus, be our Host and:
- Experience a few of the many tables of Jesus, and consider their potential for your congregational practice
- Explore alternative liturgies with other congregational leaders
- Expand your understanding of what it can mean to sup with Jesus
- Examine Jesus' and the church's "table theology"
For more information, see our Facebook event page.
September 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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Anabaptist Faith Formation Network
At the Anabaptist Faith Formation Network (Western District Mennonite Conference, MC USA) you'll find . . .
- Resources to equip, inspire and empower people to live as disciples of Jesus in the Anabaptist tradition.
- Opportunities to connect with the wisdom of the larger community and a network of practitioners in discipleship and faith formation.
In Search of Promised Lands:
A Religious History of Mennonites in Ontario
The wide-ranging story of Mennonite migration, theological diversity, and interaction with other Christian streams is distilled in this engaging volume, which tracks the history of Ontario Mennonites.Author Samuel J. Steiner writes that Ontario Mennonites and Amish are among the most diverse in the world--in their historical migrations and cultural roots, in their theological responses to the world around them, and in the various ways they have pursued their personal and communal salvation.In Search of Promised Lands describes the emergence and evolution of today's thirty-plus streams of Ontarians who have identified themselves as Mennonite or Amish from their arrival in Canada to the last decade. In Search of Promised Lands also considers how various Mennonite groups have adapted to or resisted evangelical fundamentalism and mainline Protestantism, and it identifies the nineteenth- and twentieth-century shifts toward personal salvation and away from submission to the church community.Volume 48 in the Studies of Anabaptist and Mennonite History series.
Purchased titles will ship in 2-3 weeks.
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.
Voices of Harmony and Dissent:
How Peacebuilders are Transforming their Worlds
An informative and thought-provoking resource from the world-renowned Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSoP). Each chapter, authored by a different peace leader, explores three dimensions of peacebuilding:
- stories of inspiring peace work
- tools and strategies for peacebuilding in a variety of settings
- resources that have helped shape the author's views
Igniting Your God-Given Creativity
Rediscover the joys of being created in God’s image, and nurture your own creative spirit! Spark: Igniting Your God-Given Creativity thoughtfully takes you deep into the Bible and unpacks stories of God’s creative Spirit at work.
Twelve easy-to-use sessions help you connect with God—the source of our creativity. The sessions artfully bring biblical texts to life, encouraging you to uncover, develop, and embrace the gift of your own creativity.
Spark, commissioned by Mennonite Women Canada and Mennonite Women USA, is the perfect resource for women’s gatherings, Sunday school groups, or individual reading and inspiration.
Also see the related Retreat Kit, available separately.
Monday - Friday - 9:00-5:00
Saturday - Sunday - closed