The Scarlet Letters of the GMC

When asked how long the GMC has held a tenuous relationship with the larger Mennonite conference and ruling bodies, Pastor Amy laughed, “For over 325 years!” The GMC was removed as a conference member in 1997 and again in 2002 for full inclusion of sexual minorities, once for baptizing a gay man and then for ordaining a gay man.

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The Universe from Nothing?

Colossal explosions and transformation of matter are often entertainment, military, or terrorist ventures in our contemporary world. They mostly represent things of destruction. Creation is something else: basically the concept that matter comes from nothing or is explained by Creation narratives in holy books. For older fundamentalist generations, such…

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Accosted by a Christian

My wife Catherine and I used to study and practice Zen. One morning we were walking toward our car after a night spent sitting zazen at a Zen center with a dozen or so other would-be Buddhas. (Zazen is Zen meditation: you sit; you close your eyes; you try to disconnect from…

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Love is ALL That Matters

Here's the real deal: it is time for people to start speaking up for love, to start speaking up against hate...in all forms. It's the only way we're going to change our culture. It's the only way we're going to start seeing the incidences of bullying, hatred, violence and intolerance towards LGBT teens or anybody perceived to be different.

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