Brian McLaren headlines Shaping Families line-up in December

MennoMedia Staff
November 29, 2012
Mennonite Church Canada/MennoMedia
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Noted speaker shares faith and family background from his own upbringing

Brian McLaren, prolific author and speaker from the “emergent churches” movement is a guest on the Shaping Families radio program in early December.

McLaren was interviewed for Shaping Families at the “Children, Youth and a New Kind of Christianity” conference held in May, sponsored in part by the Gather ’Round children’s curriculum of MennoMedia and Brethren Press and organized by Mennonite youth pastor David Csinos.

On Shaping Families, McLaren tells stories from his own family and how he backed into being a pastor of a small group that grew rapidly to become a church near Washington, D.C. He speaks about the importance of mentors and truly listening to children and their questions. McLaren most recently authored Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World. Other books he has written include Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words and Generous Orthodoxy.

Other Shaping Families programs in December include:

  • December 8: “Surviving Stroke.” Marcella and her mother talk about her mother’s experience with stroke at the age of 72, and how they coped.
  • December 15: “Unwanted Gift.” Elsie Rempel, faith formation consultant for Mennonite Church Canada, survived a near-fatal accident in Zambia and tells how Christians there ministered to her.
  • December 22: “Jesus Is Born.” Christmas stories from Shaping Families staff and speakers, a cappella Christmas music and Scripture for a Christmas reflection.
  • December 29: “Shaping Families Highlights 2012.” A review of the highpoints from special programs and guests.   

Shaping Families began January 2010 and is now airing on 22 stations in the U.S. and Canada.

All programs can also be heard online at The program is produced by MennoMedia, an agency of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. A station listing can be found at

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