By Caleb Ratzlaff
Mennonite churches have been relatively successful at doing good for the most vulnerable in our society. Important work often seen as for our neighbours might include: building housing, serving meals, and sponsoring refugees. During a neighbourhood glowride my approach to good works began to change from doing for, to working with the most vulnerable. Before talking about that small but important distinction, I need to tell you about glowrides.
By Rosilee Sherwood
I’d like to introduce to you our theme for the next several weeks. We are going to be revisiting some of the bible stories that are often taught to children. When I was a kid I went to Sunday School each week and my Sunday School teacher had something called a flannelgraph. It was a board with a sheet of flannel over it that she’d have set up on an easel. Then all of the lovely bible characters would be cut out of felt and we’d be able to put them onto the board to show what was happening in the story. Our goal, over the next several Sundays is to take these stories off the flannelgraph, out of the picture book bible, and dig deeper to try and uncover the many layers of complexity and richness that are left out when we make these stories for children.
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