2014 Partnership Circle Meetings:
Speaker: Murray Sinclair - Next Steps
On April 25, 2014, Justice Murray Sinclair spoke at Building Bridges on the theme of "Next Steps for the Church in the Reconciliation Journey." Building Bridges is an annual event supported by Mennonite Church Manitoba and Mennonite Church Canada.
Mennonite Youth and Young Adults in Church
Youth and young adults in the Mennonite church are regularly talked about, but rarely heard from. Here is their wisdom around two questions:
- What is the best thing about church?
- What would make church more authentic?
Church Matters Podcast: Episode 94:
Conscientious Objection to War in South Korea
Guest: Jae Young Lee
On November 11, Remembrance Day, many Canadians take time to honour military veterans who have died in combat during current and past wars. On the Sunday closest to Nov. 11 (Peace Sunday), many Mennonite congregations worship on the theme of peace focusing on building a world without war. In both cases, a story that is seldom told is the Canadian-Mennonite history of Conscientious Objection to military service. In Canada, various forms and degrees of conscientious objection have been in place since 1793. Conscientious Objectors, often called Co's, may receive alternative service assignments or be sent to war in non-combative roles. In much of the rest of the world, conscientious objection is not an option. In South Korea, alternative service means a two-year prison term. Hear Jae Young Lee share the story of Sang Min Lee who is currently serving a prison term for refusing to participate in military training.
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Two Waters, One Source
On October 9, 2014, a group from Winnipeg, Manitoba decided to visit Shoal Lake No.40 First Nation to learn their story.
Winnipeg has been extracting its water from Shoal Lake through an aquaduct that was built almost 100 years ago.
Shoal Lake No.40 has been on a boil water advisory for over 15 years. They spend $240,000 annually to import water to their community.
Until three years ago, the only access this community has to the mainland was a small barge, or the frozen lake during winter.
For the last century, this community has been fighting for a road to solve their forced isolation issue. This “Freedom Road” will make it possible to receive a water treatment plant and allow the community to safely access the mainland.
Hearing God's Call
Samuel heard it during the middle of the night. Mary heard it through an angel. The disciples were hard at work when they heard it. They all heard God's special message just for them! Message Received: Hearing God's Call lets children know that God continues to call all kinds of people—including them! People are called to love God and follow Jesus every day. Those who hear God's message and respond are forever changed.
Each year, MennoMedia's vacation Bible school curriculum is organized around five stories and is adaptable to a traditional daily VBS program, or to a midweek or club plan.
The new curriculum offers worship resources, games, and crafts, as well as a drama of each Bible story. "The creation of VBS materials, from start to finish, is based on Bible stories," Weber says. "We want children to have fun while learning about God!"
Christian Discipleship Seminars
Begin Anew is a 16-session series of studies that can provide your congregation with rich rewards. As you work through the sessions, you will discover that Christianity is a combination of
believing, belonging, becoming, and behaving. This course is designed in a holistic way to bring about a clear faith in God as known in Jesus Christ, a solid sense of belonging in a family of loving people, and a disciplined lifestyle. This new lifestyle leads to becoming joyfully involved in a ministry in the church and in God’s mission in the world.
These studies are for everyone, no matter their background or what compelled them to come to faith in Jesus. They may be young adults who grew up in the church, dropped out, and are now interested in making a new start. They may be brand-new to the faith and to your congregation. Or perhaps they simply want to understand the Christian faith from an Anabaptist perspective.
Begin Anew offers considerable flexibility. You can work through the four units in any order. For instance, if your group considers itself “spiritual” but not necessarily Christian, you may want to start with Unit 3, “Begin Anew to Become.” This unit explores vital Christian practices such as Scripture reading, prayer, generous giving, and meeting in a small group. If your group has questions about acceptance or friendships, you may want to start with Unit 2, “Begin Anew to Belong.” Some leaders may want to begin with issues of belief and end with issues of behaviour.
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