We were sitting snugly in our apartment when we read the terrible news that a transport truck had been driven into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin. As I write this, twelve deaths have been confirmed and another fifty people are reportedly injured, some of them severely.
From sea-faring cowboy to Christian book publisher, Ken Schwartzentruber embraced life and adventure with a hands-on attitude and a commitment to God. His light flickered out on November 17, 2016, in New Hamburg, Ont. at the age of 88 with his family by his side.
News from futuredirectionsmc.ca: A previous post, “Leadership for the transition of churches in Mennonite Church Canada” has generated robust conversation on the theme of gender and ethnic diversity in the leadership structures of our national and area church bodies.
“In this resolution we are not taking sides between Israel and Palestine,” said Palmer Becker at Mennonite Church Canada’s 2016 Assembly. “We support the need for a safe place to live for both Israeli Jews and the Palestinian Arabs. We grieve whenever there is loss of life, whether that is Palestinian or Israeli.”
News from futuredirectionsmc.ca: As Transition Coordinator, I want to communicate news and information as often as necessary and as clearly as possible about all that our transition entails. But I do not work in isolation. And, I fully anticipate missteps. I ask for grace from God and from you as I watch and listen for the Spirit to “show up” as I noted in another post on this site.
News from futuredirectionsmc.ca: Time is its own master. Only it knows when to shrink and when to stretch. Our nights and our days are governed by sunrise and sunset, by bursts of energy and bouts of exhaustion.