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  • Agreeing and Disagreeing in Love – Mennonite Church USA
    Skip to content MENU Español Give Calendar Directory Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Mennonite Church USA Resources Home Resources About Mennonite Church USA Agreeing and Disagreeing in Love Agreeing and Disagreeing in Love Posted on April 24 2015 Download Resource Categories About Mennonite Church USA Christian Formation Church to Church Relationships Lay Leaders Leadership Development Mission Church Planting Pastors

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  • Twelve Scriptures Project – Mennonite Church USA
    of the wall resurrection would be near to the right side As a group have one person place one text sticky note on a wall in a representative place of where it would come in the Bible This is repeated by others in the group until all of the sticky notes would be placed on the wall Some of the sticky notes will no doubt will be doubled for the same text just stack them 10 minutes Affirm your small group s Bible developing before your eyes As you look at what is on the wall what do you observe What texts are repeated You may want to add sections to your continuum in ways N T Wright does in the Five Acts of the Bible Creation Fall Israel Jesus Early Church and continue up through church history until today What sections can be seen in the work your group has done so far What did you learn as a group from this process Are there texts which have emerged which are clearly part of the Twelve Scriptures for your group 15 minutes Closing out this session have the individual reflect upon why these texts important for them personally How have the scripture passages on this list formed you in your Christian life 15 minutes If possible leave the sticky notes up on the wall for the following sessions Phase 2 Coming up with the small group s Twelve Scriptures In the same small groups or Sunday school classes Note This is set up for 110 minute session but may be the discussion topic of several sessions depending upon the interest of the group Review what you observed and note the texts which have already received the most support and are likely to be on your list of the top 12 Continue the conversations until you come to the place where your class or group can agree on the remaining texts to come to the 12 most important texts of the bible If the group is above a size where this can be done conversationally you may want to lead a process of having persons place a check mark or sticky dot beside their personal preferences Differently colored sticky notes may be helpful as a way to label agreed upon texts 30 minutes List them in order of priority by the texts receiving the most nominations Observations What is the selection of these texts beginning to tell about your class or group 20 minutes If your group would like to dig a little deeper have them explore why these 12 texts which have been identified are important to them Note to the leader Be mindful of who speaks and who doesn t You want to hear from everyone There will likely be persons who could talk all evening on this topic There will also be those who are more thoughtful and quiet which have a story to tell as well Your leadership will help balance the final voice of your

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  • Tasting Good Wine – Spiritual Direction – Mennonite Church USA
    such a holy space safe and spacious for her to explore this invitational yearning She raised the concept of God and asked if this might be what she was looking for Again I gave her the space for her own question to burrow its way within her and to allow her own answer to emerge Yes she decided this indeed was what she was looking for But how can you find and get to know God if you can t see God Such rich questions After looking at a couple of possibilities I asked her what her thinking was around Jesus Now here was someone she admired as a great person even a prophet So I offered her the possibility of looking at the person of Jesus together This was an unusual direction session as most folk who come for spiritual direction or spiritual accompaniment have a faith base and an intentional relationship of some sort with God already So I opened the scriptures and using my Ignatian formed sense of discernment turned to the passage on the woman at the well This particular experience of accompanying her in her journey over what now has become five years has been like watching God turn water into wine The beginnings of our times together were like noticing and identifying her questions her yearnings and deep newly articulated longings so like grapes ripe and ready for the next stage Then as with a gravity flow wine making process we dropped down to the next level a level where fermenting happened where some of God s yeast seemed to be added and quite a lot of disturbance and change was in process With her deepening commitment to this God of her journey in transformation came a dropping down to an even deeper level

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  • Listening for a Word – Mennonite Church USA
    word that chose me was will A nice four letter word I thought a noun as well as a verb helper and will became my word for the whole year Especially during January and February will was on my heart and mind During a Sunday in January during the commissioning of new church committee members I was delighted to find my word in the recommended affirmation With God s help I will Everyone was saying my word with me it seemed A prayer like verse I memorized and once said with colleagues came to mind We have the will to work by letting flow into our work that which from out of the spiritual worlds strives to become human in us in a soul spiritual and life bodily way verse by Rudolf Steiner I made a collage about my word as a way to let my subconscious life speak to me and I shared the collage and talked about my word with my Spiritual Director During the whole year I often prayed the prayer of Jesus and Paul Not my will but thy will Luke 22 42 Philippians 2 5 Around Halloween I had a dream that seemed to illustrate the working of my will and thy will In my dream I am afraid of mounting a tall red bicycle with two passengers Finally I tell the man whose bike it is I don t feel I can get up there I ve never been in charge of a bike this tall I feel I might lose my balance once I m up there The man thanks me for sharing honestly what I feel Suddenly I am up there on the bike as the third passenger and the owner is driving I happily discover the passenger in the middle is

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  • Acuerdos y Desacuerdos en Amor – Mennonite Church USA
    We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Mennonite Church USA Resources Home Resources Christian Formation Acuerdos y Desacuerdos en Amor Acuerdos y Desacuerdos en Amor Posted on February 25 2015 Download Resource Los menonitas no son inmunes a los conflictos Los enfrentamos en nuestros hogares y congregaciones en nuestras comunidades y lugares de trabajo Dondequiera que nos relacionemos con otras personas encontramos conflictos Categories About Mennonite Church

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  • Joint Executive Committee Covenant – Mennonite Church USA
    We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Mennonite Church USA Resources Home Resources Church to Church Relationships Joint Executive Committee Covenant Joint Executive Committee Covenant Posted on January 20 2016 Download Resource This covenant is a written agreement between Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA to maintain intentional partnerships in areas of mutual interest The Joint Executive Committee reviews this covenant annually Categories About Mennonite Church

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  • With the Spirit’s Daring: Interchurch Guide for Local Settings – Mennonite Church USA
    2015 Download Resource With the Spirit s Daring offers an introduction for reaching out in friendship across denominational boundaries Because of the Spirit s daring work in our time inviting Christians to join each other in a new unity of prayer friendship service and witness an extraordinary opportunity has arisen to work together to fulfill Jesus prayer for his followers that they may be one as we are one John

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  • Discipleship Communities and Networks – Mennonite Church USA
    What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Mennonite Church USA Resources Home Resources Church to Church Relationships Discipleship Communities and Networks Discipleship Communities and Networks Posted on March 16 2015 In our work we have been encouraged to seek relationship with discipleship oriented communities and groups many of which share a profound kinship with Anabaptists Recent visits and connections have included The Simple Way The Mennonite Worker The Open Door Community Jubilee Partners and the Beloved Community Center We hope to not only offer resources to these communities based on our history and tradition but more importantly to be challenged by these groups and their commitment to living out the Gospel in radical ways Check out the following communities for more information Also check out the Iconoclast Podcast series a twice monthly podcast is a collaboration of young Mennonites other Anabaptists and kindred spirits from a range of traditions The Iconocast is the work of a number of co hosts separated by hundreds or thousands of miles each engaged in thoughtful praxis Joanna Shenk is one of the co hosts along with Mark Van Steenwyk of The Mennonite Worker and others Categories About Mennonite Church USA

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