God of Noise, God Who Moves: Finding God in Ministry Transition [David Kludt]

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My neighborhood in Hollywood was one of the noisiest places I've ever been.Our little house was situated halfway between Hollywood and Sunset - two of the major thoroughfares providing the constant rush of traffic across Northeast Los Angeles. Directly across the street from us was a hospital parking garage with two sets of heavy traffic spikes. At shift change, a rapid series of metallic clunks peppered into our windows as cars pulled out of the garage. Three hospitals within four blocks … [Read more...]

On Focus and Freedom: A Traditional Church Embarks on the Missional Journey [KrisAnne Swartley]

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The story of how I came to do what I currently do, where I do it, still fascinates me. I love it when people ask, how did you end up at Doylestown Mennonite Church and what is your role there? What does it mean to be "pastor for the missional journey" or "missional pastor?" I love telling the story because I have never encountered a congregation who has done what this one has, and I'm about as immersed in the Mennonite church as one can get-- a Mennonite pastor's kid who went to Mennonite … [Read more...]

Veronica Noriega’s Hunger Strike in Seattle: What it Means For Immigrants and All of Us [Cote Soerens]

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This is a guest post by Coté Soerens for the Antioch Session. Her bio is at the bottom. Veronica Noriega is putting herself on the line for thousands of families, and this is why you should care. Veronica Noriega is the wife of Ramon Mendoza, one of the leaders of the hunger strike that broke out last March at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, WA. This week Veronica is fasting, camping outside the NWDC in preparation for her husband’s hearing this coming Tuesday, September 9th. W … [Read more...]

#Ferguson: Finding Room in the Grieving [Levi Holland]

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As I sat with a colleague, his question was, “With everything going on in Ferguson, what is the church’s response? We should be doing something!” It's a question I’m sure many people who care about humanity have asked. Should we join the protests? Should we advocate for equality by exposing the evil in this racial injustice? How do we do it in a way that is respectful to the victims of this tragedy? How do we do it in an integral way, not barging in as if we have all of the right answers, much li … [Read more...]

Talking With Teddy Bears – Incarnation Modeled [Fr. Tony Bleything]

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There are certain people that have a God given magnetism.  They have an uncanny ability to draw out the best in people.  My wife's aunt was that kind of person. Cancer took Teri Jean two years ago.Teri was no ordinary soul...she was a puppeteer.  Teri could tell the best stories, sing the craziest and bawdiest songs, and laugh louder than anyone I knew.  Near the end of her life, Teri chose to go back to school to be a nurse.  In class, she was a bright spot to her classmates and professors, … [Read more...]

Normalizing Discomfort- When Picking Up the Phone Feels Weird [Kelly Green]

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I don’t want to romanticize the call to diversity within church communities. Especially for introverts like me who like to have our few close friends that get us and are perfectly content to live out the rest of our days with only those select few. Knowing we need a table big enough for everyone is one thing. Setting it and inviting the guests that Jesus talked about inviting is another thing entirely.We fight for the marginalized, but it gets trickier when we’re talking about individuals ins … [Read more...]

Learning to Walk Backwards [Fr. Tony Bleything]

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They say that the best improv artists have learned the art of walking backwards.  Good improv artists keep an eye on the past story while building it in creative unexpected ways, which moves the action forward.  The ascension of Jesus Christ enlists the church in the greatest improv event in history.  As the body of Christ, we are called to learn to walk backwards.  We are asked to keep our eye on the story of God as we move out in creative and unexpected ways that reveal the Kingdom of God to a … [Read more...]

What Do You Do When You Don’t Like the Bible? [Mandy Meisenheimer]

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What do you do when you don’t like the Bible? Recently, The Resurgence posted some tips by Ryan Kearns about how handle biblical passages that make you feel uncomfortable:Rejoice that you are reading the Bible rightly. Study and try to understand the context of what you are reading. Observe your culture and lives and realize that they are not normal. Ask in community, seeking conviction in your own heart for parts of your life that must change to conform to Christ. Pray, asking … [Read more...]

Quit Worrying [KrisAnne Swartley]

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Small to medium sized traditional churches with long memories + a changing culture that increasingly finds our traditions irrelevant to daily life= decreasing attendance and tithing = high levels of anxiety.Is it too much of a generalization to say that this is the context in which most pastors in the Northeast United States minister? It is certainly my context, although hope is present as well. Not long ago, it was time to lead our congregation through change, and we let them know that the … [Read more...]

Ending Well [Levi Holland]

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Leaving a place that has become home is difficult. It's unnatural really. We connect to a place and a people, understand the lay of the land and the ethic of a society. To simply uproot is not only becoming increasingly unpopular within a "local movement" orientation, but it is incredibly painful. This is a story about my family doing just that, uprooting from one place to replant ourselves in another.Ending well, as I have learned, is an artform, not a template. When I told 30 students and … [Read more...]


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