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  • Kelly Bates Oglesby – Mennonite Church USA
    Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Kelly Bates Oglesby Tag Kelly Bates Oglesby WeAreMenno Christians living out our faith through a Mennonite perspective Posted on August 24 2015 Kelly Bates Oglesby is grateful to share life with her husband Herman She is lead pastor of Parkview Mennonite Church in Kokomo Indiana Kelly is committed to cultural competence reconciliation ministry and pastoral care Parkview Mennonite Church is comprised of a diverse array of people who trod different special paths to become part of Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged Kelly Bates Oglesby Parkview Mennonite Church 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 June 2015

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  • A Papal Encyclical, a Mennonite resolution, and the relevance of Anablacktivism – Mennonite Church USA
    with the release of the Encyclical a series of tweets from the Vatican summarized and expanded on two themes that are completely congruent with Anabaptist Mennonite theology Climate change is a moral issue And Christians are called to take seriously the needs and experiences of others In the midst of the events unfolding in Charleston that day two Pontifex tweets were especially powerful At times more zeal is shown in protecting other species than in defending the equal dignity of human beings and The teachings of the Gospel have direct consequences for our way of thinking feeling and living Sisters and brothers we need to embrace and emulate the direct language and willingness to agitate for change that Pope Francis demonstrates After all following Jesus is a radical journey Let s find more ways to visibly engage in the struggle for every kind of environmental justice everything from fair wage jobs and reduced gun violence to clean air and water It is our call as Christians And let s embrace opportunities create them even to let others know where we stand As a GreenFaith Fellow I was one of the organizers of the faith contingent of the Sept 2014 People s Climate March in New York City The tagline for the March to change everything we need everyone described the broad participation that organizers desired and accomplished Everyone who wanted to call for action on climate issues was welcome the big green organizations the Environmental Justice groups indigenous peoples and frontline communities labor unions people of faith Individual Mennonites and congregations participated but to my surprise Mennonite Church USA did not sign on as an official supporter of the March Neither did Mennonite Central Committee nor Mennonite Creation Care Network Why so hesitant One reason I heard was that we had no system in place for processing how we all felt about the March But the delegate Assembly had adopted a new Creation Care Resolution just a year before And we have an excellent Creation Care curriculum created by Mennonite Creation Care Network Surely this reflects a collective commitment to speaking and acting on behalf of creation Another concern Perhaps officially participating in this event would somehow link us to groups whose beliefs are not congruent with ours But within our own denomination we can choose to work with each other without reaching unanimity on all things so why not lend our support to broader collective efforts to protect creation a value that is central to our beliefs as a peace church I also sensed surprise that it would actually matter to anyone whether or not we were officially present I assure you It does People who are familiar with Anabaptist Mennonite thought and practice are eager to have our partnership and hear our perspective And in this era of social media and unrelenting news coverage it makes sense to engage in the public sphere in positive ways that will introduce those who don t know much or even anything

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  • Anablacktivism – Mennonite Church USA
    been involved in community and economic development for more than three decades Since 2013 he has been affiliated with GreenFaith first as a Fellow and currently as a lead organizer of the new Restoration Nation faith communities green jobs initiative A member of the Thomas Posted in Menno Snapshots Tagged Anablacktivism creation Laudato Si Lawrence Jennings Mennonite Creation Care Network A Papal Encyclical a Mennonite resolution and the relevance of Anablacktivism Posted on August 5 2015 LAWRENCE JENNINGS of Infinity Mennonite Church in New York City has been involved in community and economic development for more than three decades Since 2013 he has been affiliated with GreenFaith first as a Fellow and currently as a lead organizer of the new Restoration Nation faith communities green jobs initiative A member of the Thomas Posted in Menno Snapshots Tagged Anablacktivism Drew Hart Environment Laudato Si Lawrence Jennings Papal Encyclical Resolution of Expressions of Lament and Hope 6 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

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  • creation – Mennonite Church USA
    JENNINGS of Infinity Mennonite Church in New York City has been involved in community and economic development for more than three decades Since 2013 he has been affiliated with GreenFaith first as a Fellow and currently as a lead organizer of the new Restoration Nation faith communities green jobs initiative A member of the Thomas Posted in Menno Snapshots Tagged Anablacktivism creation Laudato Si Lawrence Jennings Mennonite Creation Care Network Native Assembly 2014 Posted on May 7 2014 Native Assembly 2014 July 28 31 2014 Winnipeg MB Treaty 1 Ask the animals what they think let them teach you Put your ear to the earth learn the basics Isn t it clear that they all know that God is in control Job 12 7 10 In a time of ecological concern and ongoing loss Posted in Holistic Witness Menno Snapshots Tagged creation Native Assembly Native Mennonite Ministries 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

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  • Laudato Si – Mennonite Church USA
    has been involved in community and economic development for more than three decades Since 2013 he has been affiliated with GreenFaith first as a Fellow and currently as a lead organizer of the new Restoration Nation faith communities green jobs initiative A member of the Thomas Posted in Menno Snapshots Tagged Anablacktivism creation Laudato Si Lawrence Jennings Mennonite Creation Care Network A Papal Encyclical a Mennonite resolution and the relevance of Anablacktivism Posted on August 5 2015 LAWRENCE JENNINGS of Infinity Mennonite Church in New York City has been involved in community and economic development for more than three decades Since 2013 he has been affiliated with GreenFaith first as a Fellow and currently as a lead organizer of the new Restoration Nation faith communities green jobs initiative A member of the Thomas Posted in Menno Snapshots Tagged Anablacktivism Drew Hart Environment Laudato Si Lawrence Jennings Papal Encyclical Resolution of Expressions of Lament and Hope 6 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

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  • The summer of grief – Mennonite Church USA
    to commit our tradition to ending this violence Yes absolutely I hear your pain and I commit to doing everything I can to stop the violence Jep Hostetler says July 28 2015 at 6 26 pm Regina I am only beginning to understand my racist upbringing and how it was deeply embedded in my soul I am so appreciative of your article My question is one of where to start to break apart all the stuff that is below the surface of some of us progressive peace makers Lisa Schirch says July 28 2015 at 9 25 pm Thank you Regina There is so much to do I understand the exhaustion and despair Many of us are with you Thank you for your leadership Jane Thorley Roeschley says July 28 2015 at 10 33 pm My words seem so inadequate I want to understand the pain your pain I want to act for the fully recognized appreciated free flourishing of lives Black The terror and harm must stop I want to be part of the rising up to make it end Stan Schroeder says July 29 2015 at 2 11 am Sister Regina Shands Stoltzfus I can t even pretend to understand your struggle as a woman a Black woman in America and in the Christian Church Y know I m a gay male Christian in the Mennonite Church Luckily I can come and go because of the color of my skin but I ve often repeated I m so tired of people debating about me and my relationship to Christ as if I m not in the room While all y all debate amongst yourselves we will keep praising the Lord Berry Friesen says July 29 2015 at 7 33 am Professor may I suggest a reframing of the horrors you reference I suggest this not as a substitute for the frames of oppression and racism of racism you describe but as an addition We live in a nation explicitly committed to world domination As a natural consequence of this purpose our nation brutalizes people who are no threat to us this is occurring continuously in the Middle East in Libya the Ukraine Honduras the Philippines and dozens of other places This occurs directly and indirectly through proxies ISIS is an example of the latter This brutality does not stay overseas it returns to its source here in the USA via the thousands of men and women who participate in it through the armed forces covert operations arms sales and the underlying structures of global trade the media and so called humanitarianism I am in a small group with an African American brother who lived part of his life in Kenya He is acquainted with the ways of British imperialism how it manufactured indigenous consent through the selective application of benevolence and fear how it divided the population into the favored and the disfavored how it tortured and killed those who dissented He asks us to recognize this dimension of our oppression In the USA African Americans as a group have earned the distinction of being first on the list of those suspected of disloyalty to the prevailing configuration of state power In part this is why African Americans are often the first victims of imperial brutality even if those individual victims were not actively resisting the empire But that brutality also reaches others who resist Certainly it will include Swiss German Asian and Hispanic Mennonites if and when we resist the empire in Jesus name Might we Mennonites find solidarity and courage in recognizing together this calling to resist the evil that our nation is inflicting on the world Kelly Bates Oglesby says July 29 2015 at 8 35 am It s agonizing to experience the Mennonite way of never addressing pains and problems in USA The propositions you advance is the same as saying All Lives Matter Why is it more comfortable or convenient to send money to other nations to build wells when we have done essentially nothing for our neighbors in USA suffering from environmental and economical injustice We have people here in major urban settings and rural places that need water that is safe and affordable My point the Bible always tells us to begin at home before ventures into broader missions Your reply was not to me I am sharing my pain at the proposition and perspective you offered If we are members in MCUSA together don t try to shift my painful experience to make anyone else comfortable Of course it s is larger than black bodies dying and abused by structural racism in USA BUT that doesn t exempt the need to begin the urgent work of reconciliation here and now Global racism created this national travesty Alvin Mast says July 29 2015 at 8 10 pm ISIS is a US proxie What do you suggest we do about it Just as an historical note there was that little unpleasantness in the 1860s as well as massive amounts of money transferred beginning in the 1960s in the effort to correct wrongs Of course as a straight white male I need to shut up Art says July 29 2015 at 8 25 am Thank you for sharing your greif You are both heard and felt Greg Bowman says July 29 2015 at 8 43 am We white Mennos have much to un learn and re learn but much resistance to doing this because it challenges our basic identity as decent Christian people God move our hearts and wrench us from our complacency Becky Horst says July 29 2015 at 9 03 am Thank you Regina for these honest and painful reflections My book club just finished reading Blood Done Sign My Name by Tim Tyson a white Methodist minister s son who grew up in an eastern North Carolina town slammed by a racial murder and ensuing riots in 1970 As he tells the story Tyson confronts white supremacy in himself and

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  • Black Lives Matter – Mennonite Church USA
    Directory Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Black Lives Matter Tag Black Lives Matter The summer of grief Posted on July 28 2015 Regina Shands Stoltzfus teaches in the Peace Justice and Conflict Studies department at Goshen College where her courses include Race Class and Ethnic Relations Personal Violence and Healing Spiritual Path of the Peacemaker and Transforming Conflict and Violence She is co founder of the Roots of Justice Anti Oppression program formerly Damascus Road This has been an Posted in Menno Snapshots Women in Leadership Tagged Black Lives Matter Regina Shands Stoltzfus 27 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

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  • #WeAreMenno: Being Mennonite – Mennonite Church USA
    with him helping to bake the 600 pounds of peppernuts an annual tradition at First Mennonite Last week the older one attended Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp while the younger helped her Nana bake zwiebach and cinnamon rolls I struggle with this tension as we raise our daughters How do I teach my tiny insiders who already belong to welcome the outsiders who want to belong How do we integrate our culture s with our beliefs As a youth pastor I found this to be one of the most difficult things to teach In a town with fewer than 3 000 people but more than five Anabaptist churches getting them to separate what is the Gospel from what is simply the cultural water that they swim in is difficult Perhaps even more troubling how can I teach them what Anabaptists believe when we have never agreed on what we believe How about this for a new Mennonite slogan Disagreeing since 1525 Anabaptists have never agreed It is sometimes possible to describe Mennonite beliefs especially if we are looking backwards but is very difficult to prescribe Mennonite beliefs From the Schleitheim Articles to A Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective our confessions have been descriptive intended to be magnets that draw people in not fences to keep believers out So how do we let go of the ethnic Mennonite insider mentality Only one third of the global Anabaptist church is in North America and many North American congregations do not fit the ethnic profile At the Kansas MCC Relief Sale the booth for burritos is right by the booth for New Year s cookies I want my daughters to know and understand their Mennonite ethnicity but I want them to live their Anabaptist heritage We are not a church that languishes in the gated community of cultural isolation We have the strength to let go and the strength to embrace We are a peace that disrupts a quiet that prophesies and a spirit that moves All figures are from Mennonite World Conference s World Directory 2015 Share this Facebook Twitter Email Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged A Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective Asia Frye culture Mennonite World Conference World Directory Post navigation What do the presidential candidates have to say about hunger and poverty The summer of grief 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 WeAreMenno Being Mennonite Jan says July 27 2015 at 5 03

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