i. what wilderness wakes outside your window,shakes you limp between its teeth? what worldwanders from you, roils and bends beneath you, sends you to cracked stone, leeched soil, warnswith sun unrelenting? all of it unrelenting. whose hands spill the bitter water, tally up the dead? what watches, each night,numbers rising? what, wild with fear, breaks…

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The 2017 Redwood fire complex in northern California devastated hundreds of thousands of trees, built up structures, and the lives of hundreds of people. Soon, humanitarian concern and compassionate responses began to marshal the wide ranging infrastructure and resources of Mendocino County, the Red Cross, the potentialities of NGOs; and then the Mennonites came. Background…

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My name is Stacey Friesen and I’m 26 years old. I love music, singing, dancing, karaoke, colouring, babies, animals, zip lining, downhill skiing in the winter, camping in the summer, and of course, church! I attend a day program called Trailblazers Life Choices. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, you can find me at Tova Café in Transcona…

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This summer I participated in a pastoral internship program at Bethel. The purpose of the assignment was to integrate me into already existing programs and initiatives at Bethel Mennonite Church, giving me the opportunity to practice and develop leadership skills through a full-time experience in the congregation. Some of my involvements were with the worshipping…

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Reflections on Questions, and How to Live Them By Erwin (Val) Warkentin, July 1, 2018 During the first half of 2018, Val and I were privileged to lead a Monday evening Bible study series at Bethel. Entitled Living the Questions, the course provided a basic overview of what the authors and presenters labelled “Progressive Christianity.”…

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From the beginning of my life, I have always felt like an outcast. As an immigrant and a visible minority, I had a hard time making friends. Children cruelly teased me about my coarse hair, my almond shaped eyes, and they even refused to believe that South Korea is a country. I was never wearing…

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Bethel congregants were asked to compose six word memoirs to try to encapsulate their journey with God. Here are the first ones: Thanks to all my guardian angels. We are not our own creator. Wandering around faith.  Learning some things. God’s not done with me yet. God’s call is not without bumps. Learning, while teaching,…

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hand cradles Bible billowing words updrafting multi-coloured parachute of love lifts us up into his world of convicted care book held firmly spine traversing life-line and he paces our reality wordsour level wordsour fraying carpet long strides journeying and arm reaching to elusive uneasy truth still cradling close to the heart the word not as…

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