MC Canada update - January 23, 2019

Published January 23, 2019

Indigenous-Settler Relations

 

Common Ground Treaty Walk

Between May 31 and June 14, 30 Indigenous, unionist and Church walkers will journey 320 kilometres from Edmonton (Treaty 6) to Calgary (Treaty 7). Stopping at a dozen sites to host public “Treaty Talks” (see www.treatytalk.com), the walk seeks to honour the sacred covenants of these lands and the call of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for “sustained, public education and dialogue” on Treaties. Mennonite Church Canada is helping Indigenous colleagues and the Health Sciences Association of Alberta organize the Common Ground Treaty Walk. Please pray for our four core Mennonite walkers (those interested in applying can contact email Steve Heinrichs, sheinrichs@mennonitechurch.ca). 

Interfaith Treaty Project 

What gifts do Jewish and Muslim traditions have to help us all live into the spirit and intent of Treaty? What does it mean to be Sikh or Christian and live faithfully in unceded B.C. or the lands of the Dish with One Spoon (a treaty between Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee in Ontario)? Mennonite Church Canada and the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba are putting together an exciting new book, Nanabush and Buddha Link Arms: Why Treaties Matter to Religious Communities? If you would like to be a part of this project, or know someone who could contribute, check out the call for pitches here: www.commonword.ca/go/1720

 

International Witness 

 

MC Canada collaborates extensively with Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission (AIMM) for all ministries done in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Together with Mennonite Mission Network, MC Canada funds a literacy project that involves the three major Mennonite denominations in the country. AIMM Executive Coordinator Rod Hollinger-Janzen reports about the program: “It is reaching the vulnerable in these communities, especially women and children, and is attracting participants from outside the churches as well, through literacy classes based in local congregations. To this point, over 260 literacy teachers have been trained to conduct the classes, and over 1,500 students are at work learning to read and write.” 

Bock Ki Kim (Witness worker in South Korea) shares that: “One of my roles for developing Anabaptist-Mennonite Resources is to find good books and translate. I thank God for giving me a passion to do this ministry. About 20 years ago, South Korean Christians could not find a proper Anabaptist book except William Estep's The Anabaptist Story. Now we can find more than 150 Anabaptist works, including Hutterite, Amish, Bruderhof, and Mennonite.” 

Prayer:  

Mike and Cheryl Nimz are focusing their efforts to identify those who will take on regional networking roles throughout the UK and are planning to bring these together in the New Year. Pray along with Mike and Cheryl that the right people are identified to fulfill these regional networking roles.  

Tom and Christine Poovong invite prayer support for their new church plants and continuing to develop income-generation ministry initiatives. “In this New Year of 2019, we will focus on the new church plant in Prathai Korat. Our goal is to invest in new believers’ lives there, working with them to get them out of what I call "poverty spirit”; teaching them about how to live out Anabaptist/Mennonite faith, where Jesus is the center of our faith.” 

Remember Jeanette Hanson as she continues to support and encourage teachers and their families in her role as Assistant Director of MPC (Mennonite Partners in China) and as MC Canada Resource Witness worker for China. 

 

CommonWord 

 

Worship Calendar: 

Jan 27                 Holocaust Memorial Day - www.commonword.ca/go/1599  

Feb 20                 World Day of Social Justice – www.commonword.ca/go/1690

Mar 6                  Ash Wednesday – www.commonword.ca/go/1691

Mar 8                  World Women's Day – www.commonword.ca/go/1692

Mar 21                Int. Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - www.commonword.ca/go/1693

Mar 22                World Water Day – www.commonword.ca/go/1694

  

Lent: 

The season of Lent is rapidly approaching. This season is a time of reflection, fasting and prayer as we prepare for Easter. Whether you’re looking for a family or adult study, a DVD series, or a book of prayers, CommonWord has something for you. Resources can be found at http://www.commonword.ca/go/1451

 

Adult Curriculum Guide: 

Looking for a new study for a small group, a church or for yourself? CommonWord offers curricula on a wide range of topics. Simply visit our website (http://www.commonword.ca/go/1520), choose a topic that interests you and then choose from the wide range of study material that’s available. Whether you want a study on Paul or parenting, there’s something for you.  

 

Featured Resource: 

Participating in this six-week experience will take you on a journey of discovery and challenge. As you pray with the scripture texts for Lent, you will be invited to consider how God is present in the gritty or difficult places in life. Each week you will have a Prayer Sheet to guide you. Throughout Lenten Guided Prayer (LGP), we will be practicing contemplative prayer, which invites you to notice how God’s Spirit is moving within your everyday life experiences through listening, pondering and wondering. This is done using the Lectionary readings for Lenten Sundays. Those who choose to participate in a small group will meet with a facilitator and share your prayer experiences. For all the information, or to register, visit http://www.commonword.ca/go/1436