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  • Still working at Lord & Taylor, though I’m a Specialist now for Kenneth Cole New York.
  • Member of Green Party of Monroe County Steering Committee, and working on Alex White for Mayor campaign, we can win this!
  • Organizing Interfaith Advocates for LGBT People to become more active, reaching out to local faith communities regardless of theological positions
  • Buddhist/Christian contemplation and meditation, reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching
  • Living and hanging out at Ant Hill Cooperative, community living is the way to go!
  • Take the bus everywhere, isn’t it nice when low-income status forces action on something I should have been doing already?
  • Singing and laughing as part of the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus
  • Going to Albany next week as part of Marriage Equality New York’s lobby day
  • Finding paradise amongst the suffering
  • Attending worship at Rochester Area Mennonite Fellowship when I can, why do I have to work on Sunday?
  • Crossing my fingers that I don’t burn myself out

 

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This past weekend was one that gave me great hope, great courage, great knowledge, and great people.  Where was I that this happened?  At Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster for the Institute for Welcoming Resources‘ training “Building an Inclusive Church.”  Led by Anita Bradshaw of IWR and by Carol Wise of the Brethren Mennonite Council, I was among 15 people of Mennonite, Brethren, Baptist, Catholic, and UCC background, learning what we as individuals and as congregations could do to make our congregations and our denominations welcoming and affirming for queer-folk.  Amongst the participants, we had a wide spectrum of where our home congregations are on this matter. So a few things I learned, or was reminded of, perhaps? Read the rest of this entry »

This morning in our service and education hour, the story of Esther was discussed in relation to how we relate to Empire. But in our discussions got a little into how Queen Vashti is depicted in the book as a villain, but how her actions are actually pretty virtuous to us as modern feminist Mennonites. So I’d love to do some reading on this, but have no idea where to find the resources. If you know of anything regarding this let me know.

Over the next month or two (or three….) I plan I writing on the closest thing the Mennonites have to a creed, the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective.  I’ll try to explain what each article means for me, maybe discuss what it means for others, what it intentionally does or does not say, etc.

Today’s worship service was beginning of a series on national identity and living in the Empire.  Anne led today, and to launch the series she chose to use Christian Peacemaker Team’s Litany of Resistance.  I helped out in reading it, and I found it incredibly moving to be a part of.  I hope to see this litany used more often in our church.  Check it out.

The Covenant

Posted on: 16 June 2008

So I am now officially(?) a Mennonite.  Yesterday was our fellowship’s Recovenanting service, and in stepping forward to sign the covenant I am now a member.  So I now get to take part in this wonderful statement.

“We covenant together to love each other with Christian love; to help each other discover the fullest expression of life by affirming and supporting, by giving and receiving counsel, and by dealing with conflicts in the manner prescribed by Christ.”

I hope that the church lives up ot this statement, as much I hope that I live up to it.

Also, I’d like to ask for your prayers for Kathy, a member of the fellowship and CPT, who is in the West Bank for a few weeks to give her support for the team there.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.”

For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.”

Above are two excerpts from the most influential creeds of Christianity; the Apostle’s and the Nicene. Both excerpts deal with the Godly person of Jesus. There is something very important missing from these creeds. What is it? The 30 something years of the life and ministry of Jesus, that’s what’s missing. What the Christ did while living among us is just as important as his death and resurrection. In his life, we see how we are to live our lives, which is just as important as some “salvation” that has no affect on how we live. This is the theology of the comma, the commas of the creeds. And it is this that I have discovered is the real distinctive of the Mennonite Church. Yes, we’re pacifists and million other things. But above all it is this focus on the human ministry of Christ that makes us Mennonites. And it is this focus that makes us adopt all those other things that people know about us (or think they know about us). This may not have been the specific thing that drew me into the Mennonite Church in the last year, but it is the thing that supported what did draw me into the Church. And as I spend more time dwelling on the theology of the comma, I realize I am in the right place.



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