Category: The Church

Interview: April Yamasaki, Ministry After Pastoral Ministry

MennoNerd April Yamaski joins the podcast to talk with host Steve Kimes about her life in pastoral care and continuing ministry in other ways after leaving pastoral ministry. Some topics include:

The most satisfying part of being a pastor (1:10)
Any regrets about leaving pastoral ministry (4:40)
Recommendations on how to leave a church well (7:15): whenyouworkforthechurch.com
What April is focussing on now (10:50)
How April disciplines herself in writing (13:19)
April’s latest book, Four Gifts, and the importance of self-care (19:30)
A sacred pause and why that is important in self-care (23:25)
Positive and negative uses of the Internet and social media (27:30)
Keeping our minds healthy (31:23)

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Interview: Hannah Eagleson, Emerging Scholars Network

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Hannah Eagleson joins the podcast to talk about her life and her work with the Emerging Scholars Network of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship.

Hannah’s church background (0:59)
Why did Hannah get a Ph.D.? (6:34)
How did Hannah get connected with the Emerging Scholars Network? (9:11)
What is ESN? What is it trying to do? (11:52)
What is Scholar’s Compass? (17:44)
What do we do with this idea that we have to protect God from our minds? (22:03)
The relationship between academia and the Church (25:06)
What would you want academia to know about the Church or Christians in academia? (33:52)
What would you want congregations or pastors to understand about academia? (36:57)
What’s next for ESN? (47:20)
How can people get involved with ESN? (53:30)

View the ESN blog at blog.emergingscholars.org.
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Interview: Carol Penner, Feminist Theology and More

Carol Penner joins the podcast to discuss a few topics with Katelin, including feminist theology, abuse, pastoral theology, and writing worship resources. From Carol’s bio:
Carol Penner teaches and writes in the area of practical theology.  After many years as a pastor in various Mennonite congregations, she is joining the faculty of CGUC [Conrad Grebel University College] this year. Her research interests include feminist theology and Mennonite peace theology, and abuse issues. She has a popular blog of her worship resources at www.leadinginworship.com
Some of the topics covered include:

Carol’s background in both pastoring and academia. (1:23)
How Carol’s pastoral experience is used in academia and what the average person is thinking about as theological questions. A major one is money. (5:38)
Violence on a personal level, especially violence against women, not only seeing violence as “what would you do if called to war?” (14:21)
How our theology and our Scripture contribute to questions of abuse. (17:41)
Things Carol found helpful in feminist theology. (21:33)
Pastoral abuse and how Mennonite churches don’t do a good enough job talking about it. (32:34)
Why Mennonite churches talked more about abuse in the 90s but then stopped. (39:59)
Why Carol writes worship resources online. (44:15)

Links
Leading in Worship blog by Carol Penner
Carol’s academic bio from University of Waterloo
MennoNerds Interview: Into Account (YouTube)
Mennonite Central Committee Canada – Abuse Prevention
Our Stories Untold
 
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Vlog 28: Ideal Living Situation

Steve opens the next topic by asking the other vloggers about their ideal living situations and how their physical space relates to their following Jesus. Curtis provides the only answer and talks about living separate but not too separate, discussing the role of community in his life.
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Interview: Katelin Hansen, Church for All People (Part 2)

Katelin Hansen becomes a guest for this podcast, hosted by our other regular host Paul Walker. In this part 2, they talk about radical hospitality for all people (all meaning all), the importance of diverse music in worship, the By Their Strange Fruit blog, and the interaction of neuroscience and faith.
Links:
Church for All People
By Their Strange Fruit
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Interview: Katelin Hansen, Church for All People (Part 1)

Katelin Hansen becomes a guest for this podcast, hosted by our other regular host Paul Walker. In this part 1, they talk about Katelin’s background, Church for All People, and the idea of a divine economy of abundance.
Links:
Church for All People
By Their Strange Fruit
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Interview: Deborah Ferber, Disability Theology

MennoNerd Deborah-Ruth Ferber joins the podcast as a guest to talk to Katelin about disability theology and inclusion in the Church. Topics include a variety of questions about how to make sure people with disabilities are fully included in the life of the church, how disabilities intersect with other oppressed groups, and Deborah’s own experience working within disability ministry.
Link
Anabaptist Disability Network
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MennoNerds Live: Into Account

Katelin Hansen interviews Jennifer (Jay) Yoder and Stephanie Krehbiel about their work with Into Account, which supports abuse survivors seeking justice, accountability, and recovery within church settings. Visit https://intoaccount.org for more information about their work.

Vlog 21: Anabaptist – What and Why?

The vloggers have embarked on a new format. In the first video of this topic, Ryan explains the shift from a rotating-conversation model to a Q&A panel model. He also poses the first question: what does Anabaptism mean to you, and why do you identify as an Anabaptist?
In the first response, Deborah provides a great overview of the historic key values associated with Anabaptism. In the second, Steve discusses the factor that lies underneath a lot of those values: the centrality of Jesus.
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Vlog 19: Local Church

In this round of the vlog, the MennoNerds discuss various questions about the nature and role of the Church. Steve starts out at the local level, challenging why we spend so much on maintaining buildings instead of our mission to those around us (particularly the poor). It expands from there to talk about related ideas such as house churches, what “Church” means in a theological sense, and why the Church exists.
Participants:

Steve Kimes
Micael Grenholm
Deborah-Ruth Ferber
Curtis Snell
Paul Walker
Ebony Adedayo

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Vlog 17: Making Trouble

The MennoNerds vloggers are making trouble. Or at least talking about making trouble. Within that broad scope, they hit on a range of topics including some early Anabaptist history, getting in trouble with government for standing up to the oppressive status quo, relating to family when you are much more radical than they are, the mass shooting in Orlando, whether LGBTQ people are welcome in our churches, disability theology, the origins of morality, and prayers to help us love our neighbours.
Participants:

Robert Martin
Steve Kimes
Micael Grenholm
Deborah-Ruth Ferber
Paul Walker
Ebony Adedayo
William Loewen
Curtis Snell (his first appearance)

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Event: Drew Hart, 400 Years of Getting It Wrong

On June 18th, Drew Hart gave a talk at the Germantown Mennonite Historical Trust in Pennsylvania on racism in the church. He used examples and ideas from his book, “Trouble I’ve Seen” in his talk and, afterwords, answered questions from the assembled audience.  MennoNerds was on site to do a live video feed of the talk.

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Interview: Pastors in Exile

Ryan Robinson of the MennoNerds network interviews Chris Brnjas and Jessica Reesor Rempel from Pastors in Exile. They talked about their work in Kitchener-Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) and young adult ministry in general.
Apologies that Ryan’s microphone had some issues so isn’t always clear, but their answers are the most important part and that comes through clearly.
About Pastors in Exile (adapted from pastorsinexile.org):
Pastors in Exile (PiE) is an Anabaptist-rooted movement that is passionate about connecting young people in Waterloo Region with vibrant faith experiences outside and inside of church walls.
They are community pastors outside of church walls, who are seeking God’s blessings for the city and surrounding area of Kitchener-Waterloo. They partner and collaborate with all those who also seek the wellness of this place they call home.
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