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On Becoming a Church Invested in Racial Justice

Ewuare OsayandeEwuare Osayande, anti-oppression coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee, joined us Thursday for a pastors breakfast entitled “Proactive Pastorship: On Becoming a Church Invested in Racial Justice.”

Ewuare challenged congregational leaders to understand the concept of “race:” a social construct emerging out of colonialism and slavery.  Once congregations understand race, they can begin to have a conversation about racism and the impact racism has had on all people.

Ewuare also encouraged pastors to study the way that race has impacted the development of the Mennonite church in the United States and the communities that Mennonite immigration displaced.  Mennonites have their own history of suffering but somewhere along the way, they became the “Quiet in the Land.”  When they came to the “New World,” the Quiet in the Land were silent in the face of injustice and benefited from it.  “This is also a part of your history,” he said.

Hear Ewuare’s entire presentation, his suggestions on steps congregations can take to invest in racial justice, and an insightful question and answer time:


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Read Ewuare’s blog and register for the upcoming MCC webinar on Renisha McBride, race, and gender: http://mccantioppression.wordpress.com/

Ewuare suggests that white pastors and congregations read A Testament of Hope as a way to begin understanding African American thought and theology.

Acting like Christians: Working toward justice

Samantha Lioi
Samantha Lioi, minister of peace and justice, leads a conversation about how we do justice in our conferences.

Samantha Lioi, Minister of Peace & Justice for Franconia and Eastern District Conferences led this morning’s Pastors’ and CRM Leaders’ Breakfast on the topic of Acting Like Christians: Peacemaking Within and Beyond the Body of Christ.  During the breakfast Lioi reviewed responses to her congregational visitation, facilitated conversation on future priorities, and engaged leaders in considering how we move from charity to justice.


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Business as Mission

Business as Mission Breakfast
Steve Hackman from One Village Coffee and Dale and Bethsaba Nafziger from Top of the World Coffee in Nepal shared at the June 14 pastors breakfast about their vision for business as mission.

Steve Hackman from One Village Coffee and Dale and Bethsaba Nafziger, missionaries in Nepal and proprietors of Top of the World Coffee, spoke at the June 14th Pastors and Conference Related Ministry Leaders Breakfast at the Conference Center in Harleysville.

All three have a passion for using business to reach others for Christ and to bring development to impoverished communities.  Read about the Nafziger’s work in Nepal here or listen to Steve’s presentation in our podcast–at the end, you’ll also hear a little about a new coffee ministry beginning in Quakertown, Pa.


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Widening the Circle: Pastors Breakfast with Joanna Shenk

Joanna ShenkJoanna Shenk, editor of the book Widening the Circle: Experiments in Christian Discipleship, led a conversation about emerging church and relationships between institutions and movements.

Tweets from the event: “It’s more important to be pastoral than prophetic in many of these cases–we’re in this for the long haul.”

“When our society says “peacemaking,” they mean absence of conflict. When we say “peacemaking,” we mean shalom.”

“Movements & institutions in relationship. We need each other. What could this look like?”


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Joanna’s PowerPoint Presentation

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Former missionaries encourage missional imagination

Alan and Eleanor Kreider
Eleanor and Alan Kreider: "We become what we worship." Photo by Emily Ralph.

Authors Eleanor and Alan Kreider, longtime missionaries to the United Kingdom, encouraged leaders toward missional imagination at a monthly pastors’ breakfast on February 10.

It is only by worshiping a God who is missional that God’s people can become missional, according to the Kreiders.  We become like the God we worship, Alan said, “What kind of God are we worshiping? The deeper we get into God, the deeper we get into mission.”

They pointed to Herm and Cindy Weaver, parents of a young mission worker who was killed by a 16-year-old boy who was texting while driving.  The parents forgave the boy–and it made headlines.  “They are shaped by their worship of a God who forgives them to be people who are forgiving in their world,” said Alan.

The Kreiders, who published Worship and Mission After Christendom in 2011, believe that worship fans mission.

The Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program, which started in Canada in 1974 and is now an international agency, began because one person asked “Wouldn’t it be neat?” said Eleanor.

“‘Wouldn’t it be neat?'” Alan added. “There is the missional imagination coming into play!”

Handouts from the Kreiders

The Krieders’ PowerPoint presentation