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  • Camp Friedenswald – Mennonite Church USA
    MENU Español Give Calendar Directory Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Camp Friedenswald Tag Camp Friedenswald WeAreMenno Wake up Posted on November 23 2015 Jenna Liechty Martin lives in the peaceful woods with her husband Peter and son Henry She is nearing the end of her second year as executive director at Camp Friedenswald Before this she spent three years working in Belfast Northern Ireland through Mennonite Mission Network She enjoys watching the seasons change walking through the woods with her Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged Camp Friedenswald Jenna Liechty Martin 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 April 2015

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  • Jenna Liechty Martin – Mennonite Church USA
    Español Give Calendar Directory Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Jenna Liechty Martin Tag Jenna Liechty Martin WeAreMenno Wake up Posted on November 23 2015 Jenna Liechty Martin lives in the peaceful woods with her husband Peter and son Henry She is nearing the end of her second year as executive director at Camp Friedenswald Before this she spent three years working in Belfast Northern Ireland through Mennonite Mission Network She enjoys watching the seasons change walking through the woods with her Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged Camp Friedenswald Jenna Liechty Martin 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 April

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  • Faith communities keeping children and youth safe – Mennonite Church USA
    is to transmit values to children The purpose of punishment is to coerce compliance and secure control and failing that to inflict pain as a form of revenge a realm the Bible says belongs to God alone writes Michael Eric Dyson in the New York Times I find peace in imagining God s love for me as a Shepherd looking out for God s sheep The calling of the church and parents is to love and protect their children in the same way One very real way to do this is to create and implement child protection policies in faith community settings Early in my role with Dove s Nest I was told that if people say that creating a policy is going to be easy or will come about without differences in opinions they are wrong Usually something comes up and some kind of conflict rises in unexpected ways For one thing we often agree that we want a policy but we aren t sure how to hold individuals accountable to it Or for some of us the term policy is like the term rod We misunderstand it and maybe we even bristle slightly when we hear it or when we consider the work involved with a protection policy Instead of seeing a policy as a list of impractical rules or barriers for volunteers eager to work with children let s see it as a rod that provides comfort and safe boundaries to children First the protection policy or rod helps us know where our children are and what they are doing when they are in our care Second a policy helps to keep predators away It demonstrates to families with young children or any vulnerable individuals that church is not a free for all but rather a place where children are watched over closely and protected from harm Third it enables us as teachers and volunteers to be aware of signs of child abuse and neglect and how to report them Finally it can offer a symbol of our priority to love and protect children as Christ did The terms rod or policy can be turnoffs but if we take the time to dig deeper and reflect on this we may come up with some creative new ways of approaching the way we care for children Let s find ways to support one another as we implement new policies dust off old ones or revisit practices Always know that Dove s Nest is available as a resource to your congregation We offer support in creating and implementing child protection policies ways to help the children and young families in your church and community training on teaching the Circle of Grace curriculum and much more Share this Facebook Twitter Email Posted in Menno Snapshots Tagged child protection policies Circle of Grace curriculum Dove s Nest Post navigation Cooking as a spiritual practice WeAreMenno Wake up Official comments policy for users of Mennonite Church USA s websites and other social

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  • child protection policies – Mennonite Church USA
    Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home child protection policies Tag child protection policies Faith communities keeping children and youth safe Posted on November 22 2015 Anna Groff began as executive director of Dove s Nest on August 1 She works from her home in Tucson Arizona where she lives with her husband Brian Miller and one year old daughter Ella I am aware that some families and religious groups use the Bible to justify even encourage corporal punishment In fact according to Posted in Menno Snapshots Tagged child protection policies Circle of Grace curriculum Dove s Nest 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 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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  • Circle of Grace curriculum – Mennonite Church USA
    Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Circle of Grace curriculum Tag Circle of Grace curriculum Faith communities keeping children and youth safe Posted on November 22 2015 Anna Groff began as executive director of Dove s Nest on August 1 She works from her home in Tucson Arizona where she lives with her husband Brian Miller and one year old daughter Ella I am aware that some families and religious groups use the Bible to justify even encourage corporal punishment In fact according to Posted in Menno Snapshots Tagged child protection policies Circle of Grace curriculum Dove s Nest 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 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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  • Letter to Mennonite Church USA on the Paris attacks – Mennonite Church USA
    the truth those who live by the sword will perish by the sword The lie of violence leads to presidential kill lists targeted drone strikes and other brutal and savage means of death under the cover of rationalized sophistication Jesus teaches the truth God calls us to love even our enemies The lie of violence leads us to believe that entire groups of people are too dangerous to help even as innocent victims desperately clamor to escape the horrors of life in a war zone Jesus teaches the truth blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy The truth of Jesus and the lie of violence cannot be held together by clever arguments It pains me to see people kill others in the name of God even in the name of national security I pray for God s strength to love the people on all sides of the conflicts that are rending our world into fragments I pray also that Mennonite Church USA will stand firm on the foundation of Christ even as we seek to follow God s will In these days when we hear of wars and rumors of wars may we carry the Good News of Jesus into the world through acts of love service peace and justice May the Holy Spirit animate us with creativity insight and endurance as we share the light of Jesus in a world darkened by hate May God s peace be with us all our neighbors near and far and especially with the victims of terrible violence whether in Paris or in other parts of God s world Lord hear our prayer Share this Facebook Twitter Email Posted in Menno Snapshots Tagged letter from Ervin Stutzman Paris attacks 2015 Post navigation Contagious Generosity Making an impact on the world Cooking as a spiritual practice 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 4 thoughts on Letter to Mennonite Church USA on the Paris attacks Amber Kosak says November 19 2015 at 6 35 pm Thank you so much for writing this So beautifully stated Jan Stewart says November 20 2015 at 8 35 pm Thank you for your Christlike and wise words during this time John K Stoner says November 20 2015 at 9 02 pm Brain Zahnd in his book A FAREWELL TO MARS An Evangelical Pastor s Journey Toward the Biblical Gospel of Peace shares a poem which he wrote during a remarkable breath of inspiration Titled Out of the

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  • letter from Ervin Stutzman – Mennonite Church USA
    Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home letter from Ervin Stutzman Tag letter from Ervin Stutzman Letter to Mennonite Church USA on the Paris attacks Posted on November 19 2015 Ervin Stutzman is executive director of Mennonite Church USA Dear brothers and sisters Once again we find ourselves in the wretched position of mourning the loss of innocent life in the wake of political violence The terrorist attacks in Paris shocked us all with their suddenness and cruelty We carry deep sorrow for the victims Posted in Menno Snapshots Tagged letter from Ervin Stutzman Paris attacks 2015 4 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

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  • How now do we speak? – Mennonite Church USA
    What are the allegiances What are the goals of the factions It s complex to say the least What kind of coherent statement can the church make outside of declaring our own allegiance to Jesus regarding that situation In peacemaking there is room for doing and saying They don t have to be at odds It s wonderful when they intersect and complement each other But it s not necessary they always be co joined Sometimes we don t have the right words but we take the right actions Sometimes we don t have the opportunity to act so we must speak There s no formula We hew to the path of Jesus the best we can and trust the Scripture that There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens Share this Facebook Twitter Email Posted in Holistic Witness Menno Snapshots Peace and Justice Support Network Tagged Jason Boone Mennonite Central Committee Peace and Justice Support Network peacebuilding Rawtools school shootings Syria violence Post navigation Hair that wasn t there before a celebration of the body We are Open Door and WeAreMenno 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 2 thoughts on How now do we speak Berry Friesen says November 2 2015 at 1 07 pm You are right Jason in saying that actions and statements do not have to be at odds You also are right that sometimes we don t have the opportunity to act so we must speak The point is that we have been called to be witnesses and so we are constantly alert to how we might do that Our church s public statements are a form of witness to our faith in the way of Jesus This should always be our starting point Thus MCUSA statements occasionally may speak to government but much more often they will speak to us in the church and to our friends and neighbors There are many across the U S who appreciate the Anabaptist perspective and keep an eye on what our leaders are saying What s more this looking to MCUSA for a word of witness reflects a growing sense in our society at large that we cannot look to the media or to elected leaders to give us an honest account of what s going on or positive alternatives to the status quo Chris Hedges spoke recently in my community he said that all of the institutions we once

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