Category Archives: Intern Blog

Toward a bright future

John Tyson john.tyson@emu.edu American philosopher Calvin O. Schrag in his book The Self After Postmodernity describes the emerging “self” as “a praxis-oriented self, defined by its communicative practices, oriented toward understanding itself in its discourse, its action, its being with others.” In less philosophical terms, our understanding of who we are as people is given … Continue reading Toward a bright future

So you’re going to be a pastor?

Emily Graber emilyrg@goshen.edu Last summer I was part of the !Explore program with Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary and worked at Methacton Mennonite Church as a pastoral intern. This summer, with one year of college completed, I have returned to Methacton through Goshen College’s Ministry Inquiry Program (MIP). I was excited to be invited back to … Continue reading So you’re going to be a pastor?

Changing expectations: Invoking God after a hard summer

John Tyson john.tyson@emu.edu Soon it will be four months since I left my summer Ministry Inquiry Program experience in the Midwest. Before I left last May, I was never so positive, so sure about a decision in my life. The pegs fit perfectly in the holes, both squares. It was a done deal, and I … Continue reading Changing expectations: Invoking God after a hard summer

525,600 opportunities to love and 525,600 moments to live the call

Sheldon Good sheldoncg@goshen.edu How do you measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights? In cups of coffee, in inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife? These are the lyrics from Seasons of Love, a song from Jonathan Larson’s Broadway musical-turned-motion-picture, RENT. Larson reminds us that there are 525,600 minutes in a year. How … Continue reading 525,600 opportunities to love and 525,600 moments to live the call

Life in the Woods: sitting, thinking, wrestling, and discovering

Jordan Good philip.good@emu.edu My life’s been a little different in the past few months. And it’s kind of weird saying that now — that it’s different. But it really is. In a lot of ways, so many ways that I don’t think I could really begin to explain it all. I guess I just needed … Continue reading Life in the Woods: sitting, thinking, wrestling, and discovering

Examples of love and curiosity from those living out an everyday child-like faith

Felicia Moore fmoore@franconiaconference.org New Beginnings Community Church is in its third year of holding a children’s summer program. Members of the congregation have noticed the lack of activities for the children in their community and set out to make a difference. They set out to have a day camp, providing lunch, bible lessons, and plenty … Continue reading Examples of love and curiosity from those living out an everyday child-like faith

Obliged to live the call: Considering why we met together at San Jose

Karisa Martin, Ambler karisa@att.net As I am writing this article and reflecting on the Mennonite Youth Convention in San Jose, I am turning a small polished rock over and over in my hands. Inspired by a song in the musical Godspell, during which a character puts a pebble in his shoe at the start of … Continue reading Obliged to live the call: Considering why we met together at San Jose