🕊🏴Today’s guest preacher is J. Nelson Kraybill, author of one of my favorite accidentally-anarchist books, and a rare non-cringe-y take on Revelation: 📚Apocalypse and Allegiance
Lots of good releases today. 🎶 Maybe I’ll make a playlist later.
Here’s Silent Planet - Panopticon 🕊 #MetalMennonite
“Adversity is such a wonderful teacher”
-Jyotirmoy Sarkar, sharing his story today 🕊
Another good reflection from Experimental Theology:
“Evangelicals, listen to that, read the Bible: Jesus flatly turns the devil down. And I think Jesus does so for many of the reasons we see in 1 and 2 Samuel. The reign of God just can’t be established via a nation state.”
I’m a little surprised to see the denomination being this bold these days, but there’s a good history of it.
There’s a topic I’m tentatively calling “Stand for Something”. It’s about the weakening of “filtering and alignment” capabilities in modern society.
Oh this will be interesting: Just Plain Wrong
Beautiful Trouble updated their toolkit.
With the new toolkit you can slice and dice depending on what you are considering, and also create pdfs from your favorites.
This is a nice online companion to the deck of cards.
Before you post out pithy quotes today, try to understand more fully what King fought for, instead of using his own words to soften his points.
Then, together with the Beloved Community, wage nonviolence against the triple evils of poverty, racism, and militarism.
I’ve seen a lot of Borscht recipes (from my Mennonite peoples) but this is the first one I’ve been excited about: https://honest-food.net/ukrainian-borscht-recipe/
As we approach the 75th anniversary of the world’s most destructive terror attacks “atomic-bomb survivors seek new ways to keep their memories alive”
I still have a ways to go, but did some good work on my Resilient booklist this morning.
“Post-war pessimism also led evangelicals to adopt a premillennialist theology, which viewed the world as irredeemable by man. Instead of wasting their time on social justice, it urged them to focus on their individual spirituality.”
Here’s a great podcast intro to Restorative Justice, includes shoutouts to Howard Zehr and Mennonites, which is, unsurprisingly, how I got introduced to the concept in a more concrete way.
TIL about Common Hymnal
“Common Hymnal is an online library for the Spiritual Underground, a connecting point for an as-yet-uncoalesced movement around the exchange of songs, stories and ideas.”
I enjoyed this episode of the Inverse podcast
Great conversation around decolonized perspectives on scripture, and a beautiful emphasis on shalom.
Our church (First Mennonite Indianapolis) community posted a few statements regarding racial justice.
A message from Glen Guyton of Mennonite Church USA: We Need to Engage in More Costly Peacemaking
Cool: The Mennonite interviewed Ibram X. Kendi
Coping with Covid a writeup at Resilient
Thinking about the confluence of quarantine, Lent, spring break, climate change, & other events.
What have you been learning and evaluating about your rhythms, habits, priorities, & schedule? Are you finding things that weren’t necessary, aligned with your values, etc.?
What’s been harder? What’s been easier? What’s important to you?
I liked Malcolm Gladwell’s 📚 Talking to Strangers, but I liked this podcast of him talking about the topic even better. He was more cutting, witty, etc. Great dynamic between Ezra and Malcolm on the show.
‘King was arrested 29 times in his short life. Many of those times, he was charged with “disturbing the peace.”’
From “Why we need to move closer to King’s understanding of nonviolence” from Waging Nonviolence.
“The kingdom of heaven is in a basement”
Parables of the Kingdom: a poem from Isaiah Lewis from Mercy Community Church it Atlanta, Georgia.
“It’s very easy to come up with superficially persuasive arguments that can justify just about anything. The job of an intelligent populace is to see whether those arguments can actually withstand scrutiny.”
I’m a day late, but here’s this year’s results for Public Domain Day! 📚 #AbolishIP
August Burns Red makes my favorite offbeat Christmas music. Sleddin’ Hill was really good. Here’s the more recent Winter Wilderness EP.
from Part two of Thank You, Anarchy over at Experimental Theology:
“who do you think is trying harder to obey Jesus, the anarchists or the church?…Matthew 20.25-27”
I enjoy being a student of resistance movements and anarchist communities because I think the church is a similar type of community and movement.
Awesome new shirt & bag for sustaining members of Waging Nonviolence, along with the description behind each icon.
We’re seeing more like this, and it’s excellent subversive action like Jesus’s examples of: turning the other cheek, carrying the extra mile, or stripping off and giving your clothes. Church nativity scene puts the holy family in cages.
Sunday quote courtesy of readwise:
Fort Collins Mennonite Fellowship regains the right to provide storage lockers to homeless in their community. What if more Christians fought for the ability to help people, instead of the ability to harm them?
TIL: Indianapolis has the second highest number of evictions, second only to NYC (statistic courtesy of Eviction Lab and Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis)
Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants passes near-unanimously (2 of 495 dissent) #MennoCon19
And here’s a more detailed story #MennoCon19
“Immigrants Avoiding Deportation at Churches Face Big Fines” A couple of these sanctuary churches mentioned are Mennonite churches. #MennoCon19
We are voting on a new resolution at #MennoCon19 tomorrow. Here’s a scan of the text. “Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants”
Find #MennoCon19 daily news at the “KC Sauce”.