Two pics that got me thinking about white culpability

This, from The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King, page 129.  HT to Chris Barna for the sharing this on Facebook.

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And this, whom the good folks over at By Their Strange Fruit posted on their Facebook stream.  The pictures were originally posted here.

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These two are connected.  I am not completely sure I understand the depths by which these two pictures are connected, or the dynamic shalom activist faithfulness it is compelling me to, but I am working on it.  How would you articulate the depth?

MennoNerds Book Release – A Living Alternative

A Living Alternative

“The challenges and opportunities of post-Christendom will require us to draw on the rich resources of many Christian traditions. Anabaptism may be an alternative to the Catholic and Protestant version of Christianity that have been dominant for many centuries but are now struggling to adapt to a world they can no longer control. On many topics it offers a ‘third way’ that many are finding refreshing and provocative. But, as the essays in this book make clear, what is even more urgently needed are alternatives to the military-consumerist culture that dominates, dehumanises and destroys so many across the globe. We need to search out authentic ways of living alternatively as well as thinking alternatively. And we will need the insights and experiences of our brothers and sisters from many other traditions as we offer the best insights of our own, albeit for many of us adopted, Anabaptist tradition. My hope for this book is that it will enable all of us to continue the conversation as we journey on together.”
Stuart Murray, author of ‘The Naked Anabaptist’

This is a quote from the foreword to the recently released book, “A Living Alternative: Anabaptist Christianity in a Post-Christendom World”, an amazing anthology that explores a diverse understanding of Anabaptism and what it has to offering the wider Body of Christ today.  I am both thrilled and humbled to be one of the contributing authors of this book, along with AO Green, Benjamin L. Corey, Brian Gumm, Chris Nickels, Christopher Gorton, Deborah-Ruth Ferber, Donald R. Clymer, Drew Hart, Hannah Heinzekehr, Jamie Arpin-Ricci, Joanna Harader, Justin Hiebert, Micael Grenholm, Robert Anthony Martin, Ryan Robinson, Sam Wilcock, Steve Kimes, Tyler M. Tully, and William Loewen.

The book is now available (and already hit top ten lists on Amazon), so order yours today.

#ALivingAlternative

5 Ways to Sabotage A Mennonite Church Committee Meeting

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Here are 5 ways to sabotage a Mennonite Church committee meeting.  If you are on a committee of any kind, you have thought about this… admit it!

1.  Bring your cute baby to the meeting.  If you don’t have a baby, find one and bring it.  Bringing two is even better.  Everyone loves babies more than anything in the world.  They especially love them more than committee meetings.  Your meeting will be transformed into an ogglefest.

2.  Bring an assortment of cultural Mennonite food.  I am “talkin” farmer sausage, perogies, and an endless amounts of pastry.  It is important however that you whip them out right when things start to get serious.  Everyone will stop listening and completely zone in on the food.  Someone will get up to find napkins, and others will likely get a pot of coffee going all resulting in meeting chaos.  Food is takes precedence over all in Mennonite culture.

3.  Display your pacifist ninja meeting skills and start an intentional, yet seemingly random “Mennonite Game.”  It works best when you combine classic ethnic Mennonite names together randomly like; Abe Rempel, Mary Dyck or Frank Enns.  You will find it is quite easy to interject them into any conversation.  People will go nuts trying to see if they are related to the imaginary Mennonites you made up.  Even now, if you are reading this and you are Mennonite by heritage you are scanning your family tree to see if you are related to any of these names… even though I just made them up. 

4.  If you are confident in your singing ability, at the moment of your choice start singing hymn #606.  If it is truly a Mennonite church, the committee members will be compelled to join you in song for fear of excommunication. 

5.  Say something a raging universalist would say.

What would you add to this list?

“In House” Discussion: Race, Mutuality and Anabaptist Community

Be the change we need to see

We need to get nitty gritty on racism and Anabaptism.  #MennoNerds on Race, Mutuality and Anabaptist Community is only a few days away.”   The information is below.  Join us.  

“The myth is that we don’t live in a highly racialized and white-controlled society, and that the Church isn’t complicit. But the truth is that race and racism affect all of us,” says Drew Hart, who blogs at drewgihart.com.

What can Christians do and learn about racism? How do we name, explore, and critique violent systems, and navigate the tensions where we are complicit in racism–to whatever degree? How can the white majority in the North American church live in vulnerable community with persons of color, and how can persons of color be heard in the church? Can we envision change for white majority, white-dominated churches, institutions, schools and seminaries? Where are there examples of Anabaptist communities, bloggers, theologians, and networks modeling a more faithful way?

These questions and others will be explored during a special upcoming livecast panel discussion entitled “Race, Mutuality, and Anabaptist Community” produced by MennoNerds. The diverse range of panelists include Drew Hart, April Yamasaki, Tim Nafziger, Katelin Hansen, and Osheta Moore joined by Tyler Tully in conversation around race, mutuality, and Anabaptist community.

The first production of its kind, “Race, Mutuality, and Anabaptist Community” will include input from its viewing audience using online social media tools of Twitter and Google+. “Race, Mutuality, and Anabaptist Community” is a free event, slated to appear on Thursday, June 12th at 6:30pm CDT at the following link: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cijmuktoreof2ipakii3q035j34

Participants

 


 

MC/Panel Facilitator:

 


Tyler Tully

Tyler M. Tully (@the_Jesus_event) is an Anabaptist writer, activist, and theologue based out of San Antonio, Texas whose work has been featured in local and national news sources. Proud of his indigenous American and European roots, Tyler is studying post-colonial constructive theology at the Chicago Theological Seminary where he is currently pursuing an M.Div. You can follow his blog The Jesus Event at http://thejesusevent.com/

 


Panelists:


Katelin Hansen

Katelin Hansen (@BTSFblog) is the editor of By Their Strange Fruit (BTSF), an online ministry facilitating justice and reconciliation across racial divides for the sake of the Gospel. BTSF explores how Christianity’s often-bungled relationship with race and racism affects modern ministry and justice. Katelin also service as Director of Music at UM Church For All People, a multi-class, multi-racial church in an underprivileged neighborhood of Columbus, OH.

 


Drew Hart

Drew Hart (@druhart) is a PhD student at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pa, studying the intersection of Black theology and Anabaptism. His research is shaped by his own formative experiences within both streams, having been raised in a Black Church and then spending 4 years on the pastoral staff of a multi-racial, urban Anabaptist community after college, and prior to jumping back into graduate school. He is currently a part-time pastor and professor speaking regularly to churches, conferences, and colleges, primarily around the themes of discipleship, ecclesiology, and Christian ethics.

 


Osheta Moore

Osheta Moore is a stay-at-home mother of two boys (Tyson and TJ) one girl (Trinity), the wife of T. C. Moore (Theo Graff host), a ‘Naked Anabaptist,’ and writer/blogger at ShalomInTheCity.com. She is passionate about racial reconciliation, peacemaking, and community development in the urban core. She likes to take the “T” in Boston and listen to the amazing street performers at every stop.  At the top of her bucket list is to dance in a flash mob, all the better if it’s to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” or Pharrell’s  “Happy”.

 


Tim Nafziger

Tim Nafziger is passionate about gathering people with shared values to work together for change in our communities and our world. One such space isChristian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) where he has been part of the support team since 2008. He also blogs for The Mennonite magazine, administrates Young Anabaptist Radicals, designs web sites and does photography. Tim lives with his wife Charletta in the Ojai Valley in southern California where they connect with Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries.

 


April Yamasaki

April Yamasaki (@SacredPauses) is a pastor and writer in Abbotsford, B.C., Canada. She is lead pastor of a congregation that includes people of various backgrounds including Russian-Mennonite, Kenyan, Korean, Vietnamese, and others, still growing into its multi-ethnic and inter-cultural identity. Her latest book is Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal (Herald Press, 2013) and a book of sermons, Ordinary Time with Jesus (CSS Publishing), will be released soon. She blogs at aprilyamasaki.com.

 


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Ryan Robinson

Ryan Robinson (@Ryan_LR) is the Digital Development Coordinator at the Canadian Bible Society, working primarily with website design, eBook publishing, and the Bible Journeys devotional framework. He blogs at emerginganaptist.com and maintains the website for MennoNerds.