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Sexual abuse: We need to talk and listen

4.16. 2018 Written By: Connie Zehr 358 Times read

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States, and we will be featuring content from Dove’s Nest. For more resources – including a bulletin insert, PowerPoint slides and other educational tools – visit this page on their website. After I graduated high school, I worked in an in-store bakery and would go to work a […]

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Child-on-child abuse: How to recognize it and respond

4.9. 2018 Written By: Linda Gehman Peachey 265 Times read

In April, Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States, we will be featuring content from Dove’s Nest. For more resources – including a bulletin insert, PowerPoint slides and other educational tools – click here. Two members of the Dove’s Nest Speaker’s Bureau attended the “Child-on-Child Abuse: Recognizing, Reporting, Preventing” conference, sponsored by the law office Gibbel Kraybill & […]

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Spiritual resilience: Cultivating an attitude of gratitude

4.4. 2018 Written By: Elizabeth Raid 215 Times read

I could feel it within my bones—that unsettled awareness that something was out of balance. It was more than the cold, single-digit temperatures or the doubts and questions that come with the beginning of a new year. Hoping to lift my spirits, I called a long-time friend who lived far away. I wished her “happy […]

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What happens when a congregation dies?

4.2. 2018 Written By: Jeremy Yoder 2,446 Times read

What happens when a congregation dies? In many ways, the experience of closing a congregation is similar to hospice for a loved one during their final season of life. For many of us, a local congregation plays the central role of how we experience faith. A congregation is not just a building Christians visit each […]

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Oh my, the parts I wish I could change

3.27. 2018 Written By: Shirley Kurtz 597 Times read

It’s just a skillet. That’s what’s pictured on the book’s cover—a black iron skillet atop a leggy burner rack, and underneath, a ring of peacock-blue flame. I’m off to the side of the stove, out of the camera’s sights, dribbling water onto the pan’s surface to create the cloud of steam. In the book, you […]

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A malnourished hope: God is with us in our greatest suffering

3.22. 2018 Written By: Ben Tapper 352 Times read

This article comes from the March issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on spiritual resilience. Read more reflections online or subscribe to receive more original features in your inbox each month.  When I was 6 years old, I saw my stepfather attack my younger sister. She gasped for air as his hands tightened around her throat. Panic crept over her face […]

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The color of resiliency

3.8. 2018 Written By: Joanne Gallardo 683 Times read

This article comes from the March issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on spiritual resilience. Read more reflections online or subscribe to receive more original features in your inbox each month.  When I was a senior in college, I took a theology course unlike any I had encountered. Instead of books by Barth and Bultmann, I was given articles about the […]

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