Unsettling the Word:
Biblical Experiments in Decolonization
For generations, the Bible has been employed by settler colonial societies as a weapon to dispossess Indigenous and racialized peoples of their lands, cultures, and spiritualities. Given this devastating legacy, many want nothing to do with it. But is it possible for the exploited and their allies to reclaim the Bible from the dominant powers? Can we make it an instrument for justice in the cause of the oppressed? Even a nonviolent weapon toward decolonization?
In Unsettling the Word, over 60 Indigenous and Settler authors come together to wrestle with the Scriptures, re-reading and re-imagining the ancient text for the sake of reparative futures.
Created by Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations program, Unsettling the Word is intended to nurture courageous conversations with the Bible, our current settler colonial contexts, and the Church’s call to costly peacemaking.
Study Guide by Peter Haresnape arriving soon.
Marcus Briggs-Cloud, Kathy Moorhead Thiessen, Kwok Pui-lan, Christina Conroy, Leah Gazan, Joerg Rieger, Norman Habel, Stan McKay, Rachel and Chris Brnjas, Jennifer Henry, Lori Ransom, Rebecca Voelkel, Peter Haresnape, Robert O. Smith, Susanne Guenther Loewen, Carmen Landsdowne, Cheryl Bear, Joshua Grace, Rarihokwats, Darrin W. Snyder Belousek, Joy De Vito, Tamara Shantz, Marc H. Ellis, Daniel L. Smith-Christopher, Sara Brubacher, Benjamin Hertwig, David Driedger, Pekka Pitkanen, Celine Chuang, Alain Epp Weaver, Musa W. Dube, Katerina Friesen, Anita L. Keith, Derrick Jensen, Roland Boer, Neil Elliott, Daniel Hawk, Randy Woodley, Lisa Martens, Tobin Miller Shearer, Walter Brueggemann, Miguel A. De La Torre, Vivian Ketchum, James W. Perkinson, Sara Anderson, Deanna Zantingh, Peter C. Phan, Sheila Klassen-Wiebe, Bob Haverluck, Mark Bigland-Pritchard, Chris Budden, Ellen F. Davis, Rose Marie Berger, Wes Howard-Brook, Gerald West, Julia M. O'Brien, Dan Epp-Tiessen, Ryan Dueck, Mitzi J. Smith, Sylvia McAdam, Robert Two Bulls, Ched Myers, Jonathan Dyck, Sarah Travis, Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval, Kyla Neufeld
Hope, Healing and Community:
Celebrating 50 Years of Eden Health Care Services
Copies will be available at our May 29 book launch and shipped thereafter.
Eden is a ministry created by Manitoba Mennonites to care for those living in Manitoba with mental health needs. Over more than 50 years the organization has provided services at its Winkler hospital aimed at recovery from acute psychiatric distress. Together with government agencies, Eden has also initiated efforts in the community to provide good housing, employment training, and counselling.
This book is the story of how Eden established itself as a partner with government in providing professional mental health services without losing the support of the faith community. It is a tribute to the many hundreds of board members, Eden staff and volunteers who have served over the years. It celebrates their contributions by means of historical narrative, human interest stories, and more than 300 photographs, including original works of art by clients, their families, and Eden staff.
Lifting Hearts Off the Ground:
Declaring Indigenous Rights in Poetry
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a powerful proclamation of the principles that should guide Indigenous-Settler relations around the world. Some call it a blueprint for reconciliation. Some say that, if taken seriously, it could help states and Settler societies repair significant historic injustices and reject present colonialism. Yet as a legal text, it’s not the easiest document to read or to imagine into action.
In Lifting Hearts Off the Ground, two poets — one Indigenous, one Settler — come together to breathe life into the seemingly dry bones of the Declaration. And as we contemplate, wrestle with, and pray their words, we discover an invitation to renewed relationships with each other, the land, and Spirit.
Afterword by Leah Gazan.
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Mystics and Misfits:
Meeting God Through St. Francis and Other Unlikely Saints
Dear St. Francis, I long to learn the simplicity you preached, but I hold onto my space, my things, my clothes, and even my family with the tightest of grips. Have I learned nothing from Jesus or you about simplicity? I have too many things. I am failing.
With untested ideals and a thirst for adventure, Christiana N. Peterson and her family moved to an intentional Christian farming community in the rural Midwest. It sounded like a simple and faithful way to follow Jesus, not to mention a great place to raise kids.
In Mystics and Misfits, Peterson discovers that community life is never really simple and that she needs resources beyond her own to weather the anxiety and exhaustion of trying to save a dying farm and a floundering congregation. Turning to Christian mystics like Francis of Assisi, Simone Weil, and Dorothy Day, Peterson finds sustenance for the everyday struggles and unique hardships of community life. There, in the unruly lives of some of Christianity’s oddest saints, she discovers radical perspectives on simplicity, hospitality, solitude, church, and death. As grief threatens to overwhelm and as she and her husband weigh whether to stay in the community, Peterson writes poignant and lyrical letters to the mystics, whose untamed encounters with God call her to live into suffering rather than turn away.
With a contemplative’s spirit and poet’s eye, Peterson leads readers into an encounter with the God of the wild mystics and the weird misfits—the God who loves us madly, no matter how disillusioned we are or how miserably we fail.
Launching Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind
Your kids are spreading their wings. Are you ready?
In Fledge, counselor, educator, and mother Brenda L. Yoder helps Christian parents navigate the many transitions of the launching years. How do you parent tweens at home and young adults away from home at the same time? What’s a good balance between boundaries and freedom? How can you pray for your fledgling youth? And what do you do with all that mom grief?
Your job as a parent isn’t over; it’s just changing. Equip yourself with biblical wisdom for this season of transition in your family life. Learn the patterns to avoid and the habits to pursue. Launching your children can be scary, and some days it might make you crazy. But you’ve been raising them to do just this. Fledge will help you release your children into the future that God has planned for them.
Includes questions for reflection.
Mennonites Facing the Soviet Empire in 1929-30, from the pages of the Mennonitische Rundschau
Currently out of stock. A second printing will be available by early June. Please place your order and we'll get it to you promptly once it arrives.
With Flight you will discover how Mennonites in 1929 learned what was happening to family and friends in the Soviet Union that year. The 735-page Flight has translations or summaries of all the items about Mennonites “facing the Soviet empire” that appeared in the weekly Mennonitische Rundschau, during two critical years in the Soviet Union, 1929 and 1930. Ultimately, these are the stories of many others as well within Soviet Russia. Most Mennonites lived in Ukraine which was especially hard hit by the events of those years.
In 1929 Stalin's Five Year Plan was just coming into force. It led to vast collectivization of the farm economy, requisition of most of the yield of harvests, an intense assault on religious belief, the arrest and eventual exile of many better farmers, a shift to a five-day week, and the advantaging of cities and heavy industry.
For strong faith communities like the Mennonites, it was a very difficult time. In late 1929 many thousands of Mennonites were camped around Moscow in a panicked effort to leave—hopefully for Canada.
Read an article about the book by John Longhurst.
The Challenge is in the Naming:
A Theological Journey
This volume is built around a collection of previously published essays by the author over the course of thirty years, supplemented by current reflections and personal narratives that place these essays into a broader and engaging theological journey.
“A rich blending of personal, church, and academic narratives and contexts. . . . This
interdisciplinary collection has the potential to become a pivotal resource for the next
generation of Mennonite theologians, scholars, and pastors.” - from the Foreword by Kimberly Penner and Susanne Guenther Loewen
“Theology . . . pays attention to how we name the Creator, the One beyond our naming . . . and how we name the ‘other’ in the context of relationship and dialogue . . . In addition, theological reflection includes intentionally naming ourselves, who we are, how we have experienced life within the web of intertwining relationships that have shaped us. Theology thus also names the world we live in, its complexity and its beauty, its joy and its pain.” - from the Preface by Lydia Neufeld Harder
Upside Down Living: A Bible Study Series
Release date: October 2018
Raising kids is hard enough. But raising kids to heed Jesus’ upside-down call away from status and power and toward service and sharing? It can seem almost impossible. So how can parents model countercultural choices? What habits can help families joyfully follow Christ instead of the latest trend? Gather with your faith community to search the Scriptures and discuss how to raise faithful kids in the twenty-first century.
Upside Down Living: A Bible Study Series
Release date: October 2018
Prayer can easily become an afterthought, a hasty sentence, a laundry list of all the things we want. But what is prayer is a time to find out what God wants for us—and for our world? What does it mean to pray that the kingdom would come here and now as it is in heaven? Explore these questions in this study, and learn prayer practices that nurture intimacy with God and sensitivity to God’s dream for the world.
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