Deep Faith Conference Videos:
Anabaptist Faith Formation for All Ages
Videos of the plenary and several of the seminar presentations at the October 6-8, 2016 Deep Faith conference at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary.
Also see related blog posts.
Field Notes on Love and Fidelity
Katherine Willis Pershey has never slept with the mailman or kissed an ex-boyfriend. Good thing, since she’s married. But simply not committing adultery does not give you the keys to “happily ever after,” as Pershey has come to find out in her own marriage and in her work as a pastor. What is this sacred covenant that binds one person to another, and what elements of faith and fidelity sustain it?
In Very Married, Pershey opens the book on all things marital. With equal parts humour and intelligence, Pershey speaks frankly about the challenges and consolations of modern marriage. As she shares her own tales of bliss and blunder, temptation and deliverance, Pershey invites readers to commit once again to the joyful and difficult work of cherishing another person. For better or worse. For life.
Also see review by Mennonite World Review
and review by Robert Cornwall.
"Very Married is not a paean to the idea of marriage, and Pershey refuses to glamorize wedded life. Instead, she shows that vowing lifelong fidelity to another is complex and that sometimes our best efforts will not be enough to save us from divorce. Yet it is this resistance to idealizing marriage that makes her book one of the best I’ve read on the topic. Pershey’s words challenge me to look to my own 19-year commitment to marriage and to the ways my husband and I, like Pershey, can continue to make a 'beautiful and resilient marriage together.'" - Melanie Springer Mock, Mennonite World Review
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.
Yours, Mine, Ours:
Unravelling the Doctrine of Discovery
Pre-Order now. Copies to be delivered early November.
Honouring the call of Indigenous peoples from around the world, Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission has specifically summoned
all religious denominations and faith groups ... to repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous lands and peoples, such as the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius (Call to Action #49)
But what are these concepts of dispossession? And in what ways are they connected to our contemporary communities?
In Yours, Mine, Ours, over 40 authors from diverse backgrounds - Indigenous and Settler, Christian and Traditional - wrestle with this call to repudiation, what it might mean to Christians across North America, and what it entails for relationships with host peoples and host lands. With a firm hold on past and present colonialism, the authors tackle key questions that the TRC's call raises: What role did the Church play in the creation of the Doctrine of Discovery? How was Christian faith and practice used to aid and abet centuries of Indigenous dispossession? In what ways do these old concepts still live, move, and have their being? What are the present-day responsibilities of Settler Christians? What does repudiation really mean? And what are the ways forward ... beyond repudiation?
Includes a study guide by Tim Runtz.
Alison Brookins, Jennifer Reid, Robert J. Miller, Shari Russell, Rudy Wiebe, Andrew Fitzmaurice, Grace Li Xiu Woo, Michael Asch, Gord Hill, Lynn Gehl, Sylvia Mcadam, Chickadee Richard, Robert Zacharias, Angelina Mcleod, Chuck Wright, Mark Brett, Derrick Jensen, Ramone Romero, Walter Brueggemann, Nicholas Burns, Gordon Matties, Tink Tinker, Steven Charleston, Denise Nadeau, Alain Epp Weaver, Rachelle Friesen, Stan Mckay, Marion Grau, Iris de Leon-Hartshorn, Randy S. Woodley, Janet Rogers, Sara Anderson, Joe Heikman, Elaine Enns, Ched Myers, Chris Hiller, Sarah Maddison, Elaine Bishop, Adrian Jacobs, Karen Kuhnert, Steve Heinrichs.
The 2-sided poster, found on pages 26-27, 48-49 can be downloaded separately here.
Also see the related special Intotemak issue Wrongs to Rights, available separately.
September 2016 CommonWord Curator:
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Reconciliation on the Prairies
For decades, stories have spread throughout the village of Laird, Saskatchewan. The First Nations than came to the town, starting in the 1970s, insisted that a treaty signed between their people and the Government of Canada states the land actually belongs to an indigenous first nation. When a group of Mennonites and Lutherans in the town of Laird discover that the land they live on is in fact the former reserve of the Young Chippewayan First Nation, they are forced to acknowledge their history. Myths, assumptions and fears are shattered as this old injustice is about to provide an opportunity for friendship and renew a fierce determination to repair the wrongs of the past.
Also see related study guide, available separately.
Also see related Face2Face Conversation.
A University of the Church for the World:
Essays in Honour of Gerald Gerbrandt
What does it mean to be a Mennonite university?
This book answers that question in a descriptive, rather than a prescriptive way, drawing on the thought and experience of the faculty, staff, and alumni of Canadian Mennonite University, as well as the leaders of the churches that formed it and a neighbouring provincial university. While the book comes out of the life of CMU, it is meant to be a resource for anyone interested in questions of religion and university, from the broadest to the most particular of concerns.
This book is written in honour of Gerald Gerbrandt, who was President of CMU from 2003-2012, and who for years previous to that took part in leading the formation of the university.
Re-Imagining the Church:
Implications of Being a People in the World
The church. What has it become? What was it meant to be? Does it pave the way or get in the way? Are we suspicious of the institutionalization of church bureaucracy? Or thrilled with the relevant impact of its presence?
Robert J. Suderman writes about the church as a practitioner. His inspiration emerges out of the crossroads of biblical vision and human sincerity always tempered with frailty. Years of ministry, never a stranger to complexity, only serve to sharpen the vision of possibility. His imagination of what can be is never divorced from the realities of what is. He does not bow to the common assumption that "you can't get there from here." "Here" is the only possible point of origin for us.
In his succinct, easy to understand writing style, Suderman provides insightful and thought-provoking perspectives to what it means to be the church. To be a people "called out" to participate together in God's activity in the world, and to create programs and structures needed for effective ministry are two sides of the same coin. This book is for dreamers and bureaucrats alike; indeed, it assumes that the two are indispensable pieces of God's coming presence.
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"There are people that have lost their hope in the church. Some of them are hurt. Others think that the church has been tamed. It is in this context that Suderman invites us to dream and act based on what God has intended for his church: She is 'the foundational strategy of God for the transformation of the world.' This book is a great source to recover our hope and live in that reality!" - Cesar Garcia, General Secretary, Mennonite World Conference, Bogota, Colombia
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