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Classes are going very well. Students are appreciating the role-plays, practical illustrations, and the newly published textbook, which was partially funded by Waterloo North... Read More
March 11, 2014 |
I got a warm welcome when I arrived at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, but, of course, nothing like the unprecedented welcome that Stephen Harper received! He was here with about... Read More
March 5, 2014 |
I have received a new call from Bethlehem Bible College (BBC) and Mennonite Church Canada to go to Palestine/Israel for nine weeks to teach Pastoral Care and Counseling in the... Read More
March 5, 2014 |
What does active pacifism look like? What exactly is violence when you get past the classic images of guns and combat? What unique insights does my Christian faith have to offer... Read More
March 5, 2014 |
What does cross-cultural learning have to do with our faith? I believe it's at the heart of the good news that Jesus taught and lived: Reconciliation with God and reconciliation... Read More
July 28, 2013 |
A mini-retreat this week for me, with a couple nights spent at a local camp while my spouse leads the Bible time. Good time for reflection, writing, thinking, reading scripture,... Read More
July 25, 2013 |
We Shall Remain is the title of a documentary series by PBS. We watched a few of the episodes while living in Virginia, where we heard very little of indigenous people, culture,... Read More
July 21, 2013 |
My hand rested on the shelf of books and I looked at the title of the volume under my palm. It was the same book that I'd remembered. Another time, in the same small library, I'd... Read More
July 19, 2013 |
One class from my MA studies at Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding which continues to stick in my mind is a course called "Narrative Negotiation... Read More
July 18, 2013 |
Much has been written on this blog about the stories we tell. This narrative perspective is becoming a stronger one in many fields of study, including therapy, education, conflict... Read More
April 16, 2013 |
More stories of the past at Kumomoto . Stories that complex-ify . Japan not as a cohesive, evil, military power all seeking destruction of neighbouring nations, but as a land of... Read More
March 14, 2013 |
Blame. Hatred. Lament. Ignorance. Shame. Defense. It might just seem like stories of the past, but the struggle for history brings out deep feelings, as I discovered in our visit... Read More
March 10, 2013 |
My impression of Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo was a college trying to keep its identity as a Christian college on a growing campus with increasing diversity. They seem to be... Read More
March 3, 2013 |
The view was breathtaking. On a clear day, from the 52nd floor, they said we should be able to see Mount Fuji. It was too hazy that day, though. All we could see were the blocks... Read More
February 24, 2013 |
We were on the island! The train had risen about the surface of the water out of the underwater tunnel that had taken us a half hour to traverse. We looked at the rural villages,... Read More
February 19, 2013 |
Every now and then a familiar story comes to new meaning. A recent re-reading of the story of Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52 pushes me into an area of discomfort that challenges my... Read More
February 11, 2013 |
Procrastination happens for a reason. A quote I saw once suggested that often, it's because I don't give ourselves enough between projects to fully rest and enjoy the sense of... Read More
February 3, 2013 |
I've been borrowing books from the Mennonite Church Canada Resource Centre and highly recommend their "recommended titles." Recently, I finished Emma LaRocque's "When the Other is... Read More
January 27, 2013 |
At a seminar on cooperative organizations in Saskatchewan, Harold Chapman, a 93-year-old professor, historian, and writer, told us the history from the inside of his involvement... Read More
January 16, 2013 |
"Nowhere to lay his head..." We've been living lightly, moving lightly. Not that it's been a bad experience, but we've been lay our heads down in a variety of places over the last... Read More
January 8, 2013 |
It was hard to know this Christmas how to hear the familiar story. Every year I look forward to advent, to hearing about Mary and Joseph and the new baby, to reflect again on what... Read More
January 5, 2013 |
Over the last year or so, I've appreciated the paintings, poetry, and musings of Jan Richardson on her blog, paintedprayerbook.com . Recently, one post caught my attention, "... Read More
December 18, 2012 |
Pastor Ishiya met us at Fudoin station and we drove the ten minutes up the hills, through the back streets, until we arrived at a traditional Japanese house - Hiroshima Mennonite... Read More
November 21, 2012 |
We sat in a large circle in the lounge, some sitting straight with legs crossed, others stretched out on the carpeted floor. One by one we passed the "talking piece" and we... Read More
October 30, 2012 |
Looking back, it was one of the most energizing and renewing courses that I've taught so far. The combination of my co-facilitator, the participants, and the content was great,... Read More
October 26, 2012 |

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