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Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

7.6. 2018 Posted By: The Mennonite 85 Times read

Here are five things worth paying attention to this week. These are designed to expose you to a perspective you may not normally come across in your daily lives.

1. I know Gordon Houser mentioned this last week, but the documentary Won’t You Be my Neighbor highlights the work of Fred Rodgers and his message to children: “You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you; and I like you just the way you are.” These are words God longs for each of us to hear.

2. Hanna Schock’s blog, “Picture Book Theology,” highlights new (and older) titles with possible theological connections suitable for all ages, convinced that the world is a better place when people read and tell stories.

3. The board book God Loves the World by Gary Bower is one of our 15-month old’s favorite books. Its rhyming text and diverse illustrations celebrate diversity while reminding us that “God sees and cares,” as well as “to our Maker, they are dear.”

4. Another picture book, God Made You Just Right by Jill Roman Lord, talks about our different body parts that God made just right for different activities. The author reminds the child that they are an “amazing work of art, adored and one of a kind.”

5. “I wonder” questions come out of the work of Jerome Berryman and have been included in Mennonite Sunday school curriculum since the 1990s. These open-ended questions honor our children with the gift of believing they can engage the biblical story and that what they have to say has value. Here’s a blog that can help parents and others at home and at church ask “I wonder” questions.

Jennie Wintermote is a native Kansan, an interim pastor, a graduate student and director of the Western District Conference Resource Library. She loves reading, scrapbooking and trying to figure out what it means to live out her faith every day. She also tries to remember to blog at prairieroseramblings.weebly.com.

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