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  • Cooking as a spiritual practice – Mennonite Church USA
    became too busy to give much attention to this life enjoyment As I neared the end of my seminary studies I was looking forward to having more time to spend in my kitchen I missed cooking and baking and all the preparations that go along with that It had been a long time since I smelled homemade bread coming from my oven to go with a pot of homemade soup One day while pondering on this longing I began to wonder if I could make cooking part of a spiritual practice As a spiritual director I am continually looking for creative ways for myself and others to experience God more in daily life activities Why not with cooking Why wait until seminary studies are completed A few days later I pulled out an array of vegetables from my refrigerator to make a pot of soup As I cleaned and chopped the vegetables I began to intentionally shift my perspective to experience cooking as a spiritual practice I did not hastily prepare the food as I had become accustomed to during my seminary years but instead I took my time In that slower pace I noticed the crunch of the vegetables as I cut them and admired their colorfulness I felt grateful and thanked the Lord for the bounty of food around me Since that day I have finished my seminary degree and I do have more time to work with food again Life is still full in other ways but cooking as a spiritual practice has helped me to slow down a rushed time of the day and enjoy food preparation In that slowing down comes opportunity to express thanks and gratitude to God It provides opportunity to pray for my neighbors or for the people of my congregation It provides opportunity to pray for members of my family or for those who don t know where their next meal will come from Cooking as a spiritual practice has helped me to become more grateful for what I do have and has provided more opportunity to simply delight in the art of cooking while conversing with Jesus Share this Facebook Twitter Email Posted in Christian Formation Menno Snapshots Spiritual Directors Network Tagged Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network Wilma Cender Post navigation Letter to Mennonite Church USA on the Paris attacks Faith communities keeping children and youth safe Official comments policy for users of Mennonite Church USA s websites and other social networking tools We reserve the right to remove any comment that violates this policy The purpose of comments is to engage in constructive dialogue Please provide your own full name Be respectful If you re offering criticism focus on others ideas not their motives person character or faith Consider the log in your own eye before pressing Enter Comments are moderated Comments with any content that is deemed obscene libelous defamatory or hateful toward an individual or group will not be approved 3 thoughts on Cooking as a spiritual practice

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  • Spiritual Directors Network – Mennonite Church USA
    a year the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network has been posting brief articles about spiritual direction testimonies that witness to the potential of spiritual direction for encouraging and deepening spiritual growth In addition to continuing articles about spiritual direction the series will also include brief articles about spiritual practices that renew our Posted in Christian Formation Menno Snapshots Spiritual Directors Network Tagged Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network Wilma Cender 3 Comments Breath Prayer Posted on September 12 2015 For more than a year the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network has been posting brief articles about spiritual direction testimonies that witness to the potential of spiritual direction for encouraging and deepening spiritual growth In addition to continuing articles about spiritual direction the series will also include brief articles about spiritual practices that renew our Posted in Christian Formation Menno Snapshots Spiritual Directors Network Tagged June Mears Driedger Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then

    Original URL path: http://mennoniteusa.org/category/spiritual-directors-network/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Wilma Cender – Mennonite Church USA
    Calendar Directory Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Wilma Cender Tag Wilma Cender Cooking as a spiritual practice Posted on November 21 2015 For more than a year the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network has been posting brief articles about spiritual direction testimonies that witness to the potential of spiritual direction for encouraging and deepening spiritual growth In addition to continuing articles about spiritual direction the series will also include brief articles about spiritual practices that renew our Posted in Christian Formation Menno Snapshots Spiritual Directors Network Tagged Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network Wilma Cender 3 Comments Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May

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  • Praying with my camera – Mennonite Church USA
    to see evidence of God s presence God s moving among us God s breath moving over the land and through my being To do this I must be attentive aware and present But like any relationship to be in it I need to be both present to God and also present to myself I want to enter into God s praying presence in this world The photos I take are an attempt to join this praying presence Sight is one of the senses that helps me be attentive Being attentive can be and often is prayer Almost three years ago I decided to write a daily haiku as a practice of not only attention but also reflection Usually it is one of the last things I do before sleep a way of noticing and reflecting on some part of my day that stands out Sometimes it is the beauty I noticed the pain that stopped me a change in the season the presence of love and sometimes its absence Somehow the practice of expressing these experiences in three short lines brings me closer to the pure essence of this part of my day Last August I began a daily practice of joining a photo to a haiku Sometimes the process begins with a photo of what I noticed that day and births a haiku as a reflection on that photo Sometimes an experience in the day becomes a haiku and a photo gives it a visual place to live Sometimes in the coming together of these two expressions a deeper prayer emerges beyond my intentions and desires like a child that is born of two parents yet separate and unique These are spiritual practices for me because they bring me into a deeper connection to my body and breath

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  • The Avengers approach to youth ministry – Mennonite Church USA
    front of us or back to back arm in arm working together and for one another And I think he s on to something Are we ready for an age of collaboration Youth ministry can often feel pretty isolating our work is often confined to a segmented population high school with very little cross over to other areas of the church Granted youth ministry does have its unique needs challenges and joys but I think most people who work in faith formation of youth also realizes that it doesn t start here Faith Formation for our youth doesn t begin when our graduating eighth graders go through some wild initiation rituals to enter Mennonite Youth Fellowship Likewise faith formation doesn t end when they walk across the stage wearing a cap and gown Parents are the number one influence in the faith development of their youth Number one So how are we as youth workers taking a collaborative approach Faith formation is most holistically and authentically developed when it is integrated into the whole of the church where everyone sees themselves as formers of faith for we all belong to one another What does it mean to look outside our little office and four year windows of time to build bridges and strengthen partnerships with the whole of the church We ve got to remember that we can t do it alone Even more so as youth workers formers of faith we need to broaden our own horizons Navigating this ever changing culture and contextualizing our faith in ways that our youth understand and can make sense of is no delicate matter You need someone who has your back Like the Avengers who would have been utterly destroyed in the final epic battle if one decided that they didn t need the others we too really do need each other to companion and work together Simply put we are better together Didn t Jesus say that too Jesus never sent out his disciples by themselves but always in pairs Even the animals of the Ark knew they couldn t go at it alone And we all know Where two or three are gathered together And isn t the Holy Spirit the greatest super power of all If you need more convincing it is simply more fun to gather and journey along together At KC2015 this summer I was so thrilled to share the news of the official launch of The Gathering Place TGP an interactive website for Anabaptist youth leaders for resourcing spiritual formation and networking Because like the Avengers we too declare that when we collaborate we are greater than the sum of our parts This my friends is exactly what TGP is all about It is about bringing you together with others from all over the country and the world It s about developing connection and networking finding space to ask questions wrestle with concerns In essence it s a place to learn and grow with one another

    Original URL path: http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/the-avengers-approach-to-youth-ministry/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Rachel Gerber – Mennonite Church USA
    and editor of The Gathering Place She s looking forward to meeting with you person to person at Youth Ministry Council The Gathering 2016 in Orlando Florida January 29 February 1 2016 or connecting with you virtually throughout the year ahead Subscribe to The Gathering Place to stay Posted in Christian Formation Menno Snapshots Tagged Rachel Gerber YMC The Gathering 2016 youth ministry Youth Ministry Council The Gathering Place and the future of youth ministry Posted on June 5 2015 Rachel Gerber is denominational minister for youth and young adults for Mennonite Church USA I recently watched a great Youth Specialties interview with Kenda Creasy Dean Professor of Youth Church and Culture at Princeton Seminary and extraordinary leader in youth ministry today where she candidly spoke about her hunches of the future of youth ministry Posted in Christian Formation Menno Snapshots Youth Ministry Tagged Rachel Gerber The Gathering Place youth ministry 2 Comments Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future

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  • Breath Prayer – Mennonite Church USA
    had made a similar observation a week earlier When two unrelated people say nearly the same thing to me in a short period of time I wonder Is God trying to say something to me I began to ponder both the observations and the subsequent questions When I met with my spiritual director next we talked about my questions In response she suggested a simple prayer to shift my focus from my head to my heart O God open my heart We sat together in silence as I began to pray this prayer and began to feel a shift in my heart For more than two years this was my breath prayer breathing in O God breathing out Open my heart I prayed this as I fell asleep when I did chores when I drove when I stood in line at the supermarket Slowly I began to understand my friend s frustration with me I began to feel my heart opening more toward others and being able to listen to them with my heart rather than my head Importantly I saw how my head defaulted toward judgment while my heart moved toward compassion I slowly became more tenderhearted toward those who can annoy me rather than closing my heart from them During this time I shared my experiences with my spiritual director who listened intently and wholeheartedly to me She encouraged me to continue praying O God open my heart as God continued to open my heart Recently my mother left a phone message asking me to call her back I was getting ready for bed after a full day of conference calls and I was tired I ll call her tomorrow I said to my spouse But something stirred in me the Spirit s nudging perhaps And I prayed

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  • June Mears Driedger – Mennonite Church USA
    Give Calendar Directory Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home June Mears Driedger Tag June Mears Driedger Breath Prayer Posted on September 12 2015 For more than a year the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network has been posting brief articles about spiritual direction testimonies that witness to the potential of spiritual direction for encouraging and deepening spiritual growth In addition to continuing articles about spiritual direction the series will also include brief articles about spiritual practices that renew our Posted in Christian Formation Menno Snapshots Spiritual Directors Network Tagged June Mears Driedger Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015

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