Rooted, built up and established in the faith

I recently attended a conference in Washington, D.C.,¬†Children, Youth and a New Kind of Christianity, on the Christian formation of children and youth. One of the most common responses to my sharing with folks there about our congregation was, “Wow, your church really does that?” I took this opportunity to write a letter to the […]

“Ecology Evangelism” and the Prairie Rain Garden

This post is intended as a public theology case-study/response to the keynote lecture by Almeda Wright at the 2012 Children, Youth and a New Kind of Christianity conference held in Washington, D.C. In the spring of 2010, an intergenerational group of volunteers undertook the task of turning our church parking area drainage ditch into a […]

Children, Youth and a New Kind of Christianity: Almeda Wright Keynote

American youth understand personal faith in Jesus Christ, but when it comes to connecting faith to the public sphere they are rather inarticulate. Youth are not apathetic by any means. They are passionate, but lack models for public engagement. Mennonites, having a 500 year history of both discipleship and sectarianism, get squirmy about presenting faith […]

Children, Youth and a New Kind of Christianity: Day Two Summary

Day two of the Children, Youth and a New Kind of Christianity (CYNKC) began with a ragged assembly of participants slumping into morning worship , tired from the good, but intense work of the first, half-day. One person equated the conference so far as “drinking from a firehose.” This summary will be a bit more […]