slow and long-term work

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016

(written yesterday, June 13, 2016. Spanish version below.) (escrito ayer, 13 de Junio, 2016. Mira abajo para la versión en Español.) Late last night I got back from a rich weekend in Goshen, Indiana with hispanic leaders and pastors from across Mennonite Church USA (and I was one of 4 participants from Canada). My role was to lead a series of sessions on “learning to read the Bible with Jesus.” Yesterday I did not go online, did not read/hear news, and our drive home was full of joking and laughter and reflection and sharing (and taking turns sleeping). When I went online this morning, I read the news about the massacre in Orlando, targeting LGBTQ people. I feel sick. But it’s not about the way I feel. Today I re-commit to the slow and long-term work of doing what I can to help build communities of faith that are peaceable and loving in the way of Jesus. In my case that includes helping communities to work at learning to use and interpret Scripture in the way of Jesus. About 12 years ago I wrote a song that I want to sing for/with my LGBTQ brothers and sisters today. In hope and faith that these words are true and being experienced, perhaps in small ways, even now; grieving where they are not and where they may sound empty and false; and in faith and stubborn hope that we might learn to live into the truth of these words more fully. “You’re not alone, we are one body You’re not alone, we stand with you You’re not alone, your time of suffering Is our suffering too And I know the day is coming When we will be rejoicing anew.” A noche volví de un fin de semana maravilloso en Goshen, Indiana con pastores y lideres hispanos de la Iglesia Menonita EEUU (yo era uno de cuatro que veníamos desde Canadá). Mi rol en el evento fue dar liderazgo a cuatro sesiones con el tema Aprendiendo a Leer La Biblia Con Jesús. Ayer no fui online, no ví o escuché noticias, y nuestro viaje a la casa fue llena de chistes y risa y reflección y compartir (y de dormir también, en turnos). Esta mañana, cuando conecté al internet, leí las noticias del masacre en Orlando, contra miembros de la comunidad LGBTQ. ¡Que horror! Me siento enfermo. Pero mis sentimientos no son los importantes. Hoy me comprometo de nuevo con el trabajo lento y largo de hacer lo que puedo para ayudar a construir comunidades de fe que son pacíficas y amantes en la manera de Jesús. En mi caso esto incluye ayudando a comunidades a explorar y aprender a utilizar e interpretar la Biblia en la manera de Jesús. Hace 12 años, mas o menos, escribí una canción que hoy quiere cantar para y con mis hermanas y hermanos de la...

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a big year

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016

2016 is shaping up to be a big year for SmallTall Ministries.

I’ll be teaching in three countries in the next few weeks… Today we did the final tweaks to the audio master of the new CD that will be coming out very soon…I have been named an instructor in the new Anabaptist Learning Workshop, and a Teaching Associate with the AMBS Church Leadership Center…

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reading isaiah

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015

I wasn’t here
when the news came
of bombs and shots and
concert-goers on the blood-red floor.
Where was I?

In a cabin
in the woods
with grade 12 students
imagining the future
dreaming of the future
preparing for the future.

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