Thank you, thank you to all who have joined our Call. And a special welcome to those who just signed on in August: Shana, Clair, Paulette, Beth, Josh, and Kirsten. Welcome. Here’s Kirsten’s encouraging comment:
“I have worked with survivors of abuse and incest, and I was moved to tears when I read this. Please add me to your reminder list. This is such an important topic that we as the church must talk about so that we can truly be a place of healing and a witness of God’s infinite love. Thank you!”
The most encouraging development since we began our prayer has been the unprecedented public statements of two courageous and faithful church leaders. Sara Wenger Shenk, who is President of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, has issued a call at ambs.edu, later posted to Our Stories Untold, for “new transparency and truth-telling.” Ervin Stutzman, Executive Director of MC USA, recently wrote at mennoniteusa.org that he and Shenk “are shaping a discernment process that will enable the church to move toward deeper reconciliation and healing” around these issues.
Other posts written about John Howard Yoder and abuse in the church include Charletta Erb’s critique on continued sexism in our church and Hannah Heinzekehr’s piece asking if subordination can ever be revolutionary.
If you’ve not believed in prayer before, we hope you will reconsider. It feels like mountains are moving and there’s more hope in the air than I’ve seen and felt in decades.
We’d love to hear more from you in the Comments section below about the pebbles, stones and mountains that may be moving in your life. Will you report in about any synchronicities, surprises, or inner rumblings? Developments, exposures, or revelations in your communities? Outbursts, ah-ha moments, small gifts, wails, laments, or rages? Feelings of hopelessness, despair, renewed strength, or brighter hope. Any and all ways this prayer may have unearthed something new in your life. Are you noticing? Listening? Watching for this Call to Prayer’s influence on your conversations, interactions, moods, thoughts, dreams, and actions?
Please don’t keep it all to yourself. Tell us!
Find the original call here, and send it on to a friend or family member!
See you later–wherever in the world your clock says 3:00 PM!
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