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When we blame a child

4.23. 2018 Written By: Anna Groff 278 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. Victim blaming is so ingrained in our culture that we do it without realizing it. At least […]

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The digital desert: Is technology starving our spiritual discernment?

4.20. 2018 Written By: Ron Tinsley 245 Times read

This article comes from the April issue of The Mennonite, which focuses on technology & faith. Read more reflections online or subscribe to receive more original features in your inbox each month. First came the pagers in the 1990s. I heard them occasionally beep during the Sunday service. Although they were annoying, I still wished I had one. To a young […]

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Sexual abuse: We need to talk and listen

4.16. 2018 Written By: Connie Zehr 429 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 278 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 270 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 2,663 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 618 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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