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Another horrible school shooting has occurred in the US, this time in the Umpqua Community College in Oregon, and according to some reports the shooter targeted Christians or was at least interested in whether his victims were Christian or not. the Washinton Post writes: In one classroom, he appeared to single out Christian students for killing, … Continue reading →
I am a geek… well, and a nerd. Generally speaking, there is very little difference between the two (all though one group may say otherwise about the other). But, at the core, nerds/geeks are characterized by mainstream culture as being … Continue reading →
I’ll admit it: I’m officially to the point where I believe that the gun lobby in America actually loves mass shootings. I don’t mean that as hyperbole either, I actually think mass shootings are very, very good for them and must be something they rejoice over. Let me explain a bit: A good rule of thumb [Read More…]
There has been a new development in the ridiculous debate in Canada about whether Muslim women should be allowed to dress as they like at citizenship ceremonies (not at any point requiring identification). The Courts previously shot down the Conservative policy that Muslim could not dress as they like because… well, because…
One of the most mysterious of cultural phenomenon is
lifestyle. Not the fact that different
lifestyles exist, and some of the main
characteristics: those are well known.
Some in the third world live in mud huts with no electricity, and they
are content with this (having visited one of these huts, I found that the
insulation was so grand that it was cool in the midst of a humid
Amena* is very warm and personable. She speaks clearly and confidently. Her smile is infectious. We have met several times now to discuss the possibility of our local refugee sponsorship group helping to bring members of her family who are currently refugees in Lebanon to join her in Lethbridge. Our conversations seem like such strange and weighty things. […]
This cross-post by Stephanie Krehbiel originally appeared in the opinion section on The Mennonite‘s website on October 5, 2015. In August, together with 10 other Mennonite or formerly Mennonite advocates for survivors of sexual violence, I attended the annual conference of the Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests. SNAP is a 30-year-old organization formed by Catholic survivors of clergy sexual abuse. It has since branched out to serve survivors whose abuse occurred in different faith traditions. After two days of conference sessions, our Mennonite SNAP group gathered to compare notes, get to know one another better and plan for the future. We discussed our experiences with church leaders and law enforcement. In that trusted company and the privacy of that room, we shared name after name: of rapists, molesters, harassers, and predators. We also named Mennonite pastors, deacons, administrators and elders who, through complicity or passive silence, helped allow the violence to happen. One overriding theme of our conversation was the retribution and fallout faced by survivors who come forward with the names of their abusers. We face a dilemma that has confounded survivors’ advocates for years. We can’t do much of anything to stop sexual violence when perpetrators are allowed to […]
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“Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the […]
Oh, the annoyance that is Pink-tober. Every where I turn, every shop, every TV show, every radio program… someone, somewhere, mentions that it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. When I’m watching football on TV, instead of the standard team colors, … Continue reading →
Today’s daily lectionary reading was Deuteronomy 22:13-30. I won’t copy the whole text here, but these are the key points: The onus is on a woman to prove her virginity. This is already problematic that her life is dependent on her virginity, but it becomes even more problematic when you…