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  • Love your neighbor – Mennonite Church USA
    Directory Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Love your neighbor Tag Love your neighbor Ask my neighbor Posted on December 29 2015 Jeff McLain is a coffeeholic in chuck taylors neighboring in East Petersburg Pennsylvania He is also the associate pastor at East Petersburg Mennonite Church who blogs at jeffmclain com A few years ago I heard the story of an Amish man who was asked Are you a Christian The Amish man paused and looked at his interviewer Posted in Holistic Witness Menno Snapshots Tagged East Petersburg Mennonite Chruch Jeff McLain Love your neighbor 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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  • #WeAre(Still)Menno – Mennonite Church USA
    he walks to do good Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world Yours are the hands yours are the feet yours are the eyes you are his body Christ has no body now on earth but yours Teresa de Ávila As we near the end of the WeAreMenno campaign I ve been thinking of this quotation from Teresa de Ávila It s been energizing and fun this year to be part of a creative team working at capturing and sharing glimpses of Mennos being Christ s hands feet and eyes and body across our country to God be the glory Mennonite Church USA wouldn t be Mennonite Church USA without the individuals and congregations who make it up each doing our best to follow Jesus in our own contexts The WeAreMenno content has continually reminded me of how we are better together I am richer for each new bit of information I ve learned about a fellow member of our body of believers Highlights for me have included being part of creating the video showing people across the church saying why they choose to be Mennonite seeing the WeAreMenno photo wall come together throughout the week at KC2015 the cumulative effect of the blogs stories videos and memes over the months each adding breadth and depth to the picture of what it means to be Mennonite in the U S today the congregational selfies because congregations are where it s at where God s love takes form through relationship where we can know each other and be fully known and where we gain inspiration and strength for the journey Thanks be to God Annette Brill Bergstresser editorial director I think we did a lot of things right and WeAreMenno provided much needed mediation space in the midst of the ongoing heavy conversations At least that s how I envision what we ve been trying to do providing a space that gives expression to the diverse and yet cohesive vision that makes us Mennonite I m very glad we did the campaign I think it helped soften the rough edges as our long held assumptions and hopes about what the church could be have been damaged and in some places shattered I m encouraged that the number of social media followers continues to grow steadily I also think there is much creative thinking and potential happening around the edges of our tottering edifice that we need to pay attention to and nurture I hope this department can continue to play a key role in bringing that energy toward the center WeAre Still Menno Ken Gingerich creative director As a relatively new Mennonite I joined the church three years ago the WeAreMenno campaign has been a learning experience in the best way It has been my joy to see and hear from so many congregations and individuals across the country about the ways the spirit is moving Of all of the pieces that I worked on I think

    Original URL path: http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/wearestillmenno/ (2016-02-16)
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  • #WeAreMenno: Recognizing the movement of God through the unexpected – Mennonite Church USA
    a clear choice emerged We had been taught all of our lives to care for the poor advocate for social justice and love our enemies Moving to Afghanistan was one small way to put these principles in action Looking back it s clear that that God was moving in our lives and in the people around us nudging us to go to Afghanistan Being a woman in Afghanistan wasn t easy There were new wardrobe requirements for me I wore long tops with long sleeves and pants all year round as well as a headscarf or chador whenever I was out in public I got used to new gender norms I didn t shake men s hands and wasn t allowed to ride a bike Adopting some of the new norms was difficult for me at first Initially I was uncomfortable with the idea of wearing a headscarf but over time it became natural I got used to it in the same way I got used to hearing the call to prayer five times a day and bargaining for carrots in the bazar I became an expert at winding it around my head before leaving the house and I built up quite a collection of colorful scarves on the hooks by our door While I personally do not agree with the beliefs underlying the practice wearing a headscarf helped me establish a foundation of cultural respect in my relationships particularly with Afghan women The majority of my work in Afghanistan involved developing and implementing a peacebuilding program with an MCC partner In this role I was stretched in new ways and developed new interests Although previously I had considered working in academia while in Afghanistan I realized that I wanted to develop concrete skills that I could use to work for social justice I was impressed by projects that were able to improve individual s lives in small but significant ways For example one project trains women in basic math literacy and business development skills The businesses they establish might not always generate significant revenue but they do provide women with a significant sense of independence Learning about programs like these in Afghanistan led me to pursue graduate study in a field that was entirely new for me As an undergraduate history major I never would have considered studying business but last year my husband and I moved to Boston Massachusetts where I started a Master of Business Administration program I have been challenged in new ways taking finance and accounting courses and conducting consulting projects with organizations Although at times I feel like an outsider in the business world I am convinced that it is important for people who are working for social justice issues to understand how the business world works I am excited about organizations that operate at the intersection of the business and social sectors working for social justice issues and also pushing for a sustainable social impact I hope to use my skills to support

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  • Afghanistan – Mennonite Church USA
    Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Afghanistan Tag Afghanistan WeAreMenno Recognizing the movement of God through the unexpected Posted on November 30 2015 Kelly Shenk Koontz lives in Boston Massachusetts with her husband Peter where she is a second year MBA student at Boston University in the Public Nonprofit Management program Before attending BU Kelly worked with Mennonite Central Committee in Kabul Afghanistan doing peacebuilding work She currently attends the Mennonite Congregation of Boston I look out Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged Afghanistan Boston University Kelly Shenk Koontz Mennonite Central Committee Mennonite Congregation of Boston 1 Comment 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

    Original URL path: http://mennoniteusa.org/tag/afghanistan/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Boston University – Mennonite Church USA
    Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Boston University Tag Boston University WeAreMenno Recognizing the movement of God through the unexpected Posted on November 30 2015 Kelly Shenk Koontz lives in Boston Massachusetts with her husband Peter where she is a second year MBA student at Boston University in the Public Nonprofit Management program Before attending BU Kelly worked with Mennonite Central Committee in Kabul Afghanistan doing peacebuilding work She currently attends the Mennonite Congregation of Boston I look out Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged Afghanistan Boston University Kelly Shenk Koontz Mennonite Central Committee Mennonite Congregation of Boston 1 Comment 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

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  • Kelly Shenk Koontz – Mennonite Church USA
    We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Kelly Shenk Koontz Tag Kelly Shenk Koontz WeAreMenno Recognizing the movement of God through the unexpected Posted on November 30 2015 Kelly Shenk Koontz lives in Boston Massachusetts with her husband Peter where she is a second year MBA student at Boston University in the Public Nonprofit Management program Before attending BU Kelly worked with Mennonite Central Committee in Kabul Afghanistan doing peacebuilding work She currently attends the Mennonite Congregation of Boston I look out Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged Afghanistan Boston University Kelly Shenk Koontz Mennonite Central Committee Mennonite Congregation of Boston 1 Comment 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

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  • Mennonite Congregation of Boston – Mennonite Church USA
    Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Mennonite Congregation of Boston Tag Mennonite Congregation of Boston WeAreMenno Recognizing the movement of God through the unexpected Posted on November 30 2015 Kelly Shenk Koontz lives in Boston Massachusetts with her husband Peter where she is a second year MBA student at Boston University in the Public Nonprofit Management program Before attending BU Kelly worked with Mennonite Central Committee in Kabul Afghanistan doing peacebuilding work She currently attends the Mennonite Congregation of Boston I look out Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged Afghanistan Boston University Kelly Shenk Koontz Mennonite Central Committee Mennonite Congregation of Boston 1 Comment 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

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  • #WeAreMenno: Wake up! – Mennonite Church USA
    the forest But once the oak leaves fell I knew that this brief season of color was coming to an end This realization surprised me not because I didn t know that the leaves would fall and winter would come but because I recognized that oak trees held their leaves longer something I wouldn t have noticed in previous years A moment of recognition I am awakening to the rhythms of God s creation I am privileged to live and work at Camp Friedenswald meaning the peaceful woods a Mennonite Camp and place of retreat in southern Michigan Living in the woods amidst the old growth forests and rare prairie fen wetlands has awoken in me a deepening appreciation for and understanding of God s creation While growing up in the Midwest seasonal changes have always been quite obviously marked by wardrobe changes time to get out the coat scarf etc living in the peaceful woods has made me increasingly aware of the daily changes and promise within creation Over 65 years ago leaders within the conferences that merged to form Central District Conference felt a need to establish a place for retreat and for Christian formation for the youth and young adults in their churches They recognized the importance of stepping away from the routine and busyness of everyday life in order to be renewed and to reconnect with God self others and nature This same vision continues to guide Camp Friedenswald today I recently received a call from a woman grieving the sudden and tragic death of her husband She shared memories of the summers her young family spent together volunteering at Camp Friedenswald In the midst of their busy lives their weeks at camp provided the gift of shared meals and time together She remembered those weeks as ones of reawakening for their family an awakening to the need to reorder and reprioritize their lives In the midst of her grief she expressed deep gratitude for the gifts that came from taking time away as a family Jesus life provides us with an example of the importance and necessity of retreat In the midst of his ministry and oftentimes in the midst of the busiest seasons Jesus retreated up the mountain to a quiet place in order to wake up Of course God is no more present in the peaceful woods than in the midst of the city nor does the Spirit s activity flow among us at camp more readily than in a congregation on a Sunday morning But what is different and what sets places like Camp Friedenswald apart is the invitation to retreat to let go of the to do lists and over scheduled lives and to be wholly present At Camp in the company and community of other seeking souls the invitation is there wake up God is present in people in nature in the community The Spirit is moving among us calling us to reconsider and reorder our lives What is different

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