Category: The Church
I’ve been told to come to the Mennonite Church USA Future Church Summit with a smile, ready to make new friends. And I will. I basically smile all the time anyway;that’s just how my face looks. Honestly, I have to try hard to not smile at inappropriate times like funerals or public scoldings. Also, I…
Although May as Mental Health Awareness Month is now over, the impact of mental illness on life and ministry continues, so today I’m sharing another mental health story on video followed by an interview. Is it possible to survive and thrive after burnout? How do you have a panic attack and still keep your job?…
I work for Communitas Supportive Care Society, which is a nonprofit organization that supports people with developmental disabilities as well as mental health issues, acquired brain injury, children with complex care needs, a whole variety of different scenarios. I’m no longer in peer support, but this year I’m doing reception which I absolutely love, and facilitating some of our training. I’m working with a team to develop a receptionist training program that would be for individuals with lived experience of mental health as well as developmental disabilities.We have a conflict management/crisis management and communication course that I facilitate, and we’re also rolling out respectful workplace training that I facilitate and train as well. […]
"I went to church the other day and heard a sermon. It was like many sermons I’ve heard in the past, giving a very moral point of view. The point was: “Love your neighbor but hate your enemy.” Well, that’s one point of view. That’s one morality. Here’s another: Love everyone, even those who hate you."
The month of May zipped by so fast. It was a full month. It was a busy month. Let’s start with this man and his talk at the Family History Conference: New Arrivals in a New Land, in Lancaster, PA, on May 20. John L. Ruth, historian and storyteller, told how three ships came sailing came sailing into Philadelphia harbor in 1717, three hundred years ago.[…]
Christianity is all about helping people change their minds and behaviour, right? We want to see people choosing to follow Jesus, then growing in their understanding of what that means and how they can follow him better. Don’t we? So why are we still using approaches that have been shown to be very ineffective? […] Continue reading When are they going to start teaching ministers how to communicate?
The solutions are very straightforward. For a fraction of the expense that the U.S. taxpayer put into destroying Laos, you could clear the unexploded ordnance. So the first step would be to do what we claim the Japanese can’t do: take responsibility. Maybe that would be a start. […] Continue reading "We’re Neurotic: Nonviolent Reflections on Memorial Day – Year 2"
Two weeks ago I published Healthy Ministry and the Pastor with Mental Illness, which included an excerpt from Delight in Disorder and an interview with author Tony Roberts on his experience as a pastor living with bipolar disorder. In the next few weeks, I plan to share two more interviews on mental health in the workplace, and today…
In a previous post, I wrote about the Christocentric interpretation of the Scriptures espoused by the magisterial Reformers, specifically Luther and Calvin. Their hermeneutic was focused on the work and the offices of Christ, but in my opinion the Anabaptists surpasses their approach because it focused on the person of ... The post Early Anabaptists and the Centrality of Christ appeared first on Greg Boyd - ReKnew.
Most churches teach in ways that are contrary to core educational principles that the schools use. And most of them never preach the Gospel either. How can we fix this?Filed under: Church & Theology
Originally published at christiancommunity.org.uk. Erika Akimana from Kigali, Rwanda, has been living in the New Humanity Mission Community since 1997, founded just a few years after the genocide. I interviewed her on what made her make such a commitment, and what a central African Christian community is like. What is your community like? We are … Continue reading →
For the past few weeks, East Petersburg Mennonite Church has invited me to take a Transitional Break. This several week break was designed to give both me and the church a chance to own and mark my... More online at www.jeffmclain.com