“At exactly 9 o’clock every evening, Rachel Twigg Boyce heads to her fridge for a little sustenance.
But instead of checking out the food stored inside, she’s reflecting on a short prayer penned by a medieval mystic posted on the fridge door.
“It makes me view time differently,” explains Boyce, director of House Blend Ministries, of her regular nightly kitchen prayer time during Lent. “It’s not just that I pray when it’s convenient, I have to watch when its 9 o’clock.””
– Lent a time to take an inward journey
Recently, the MB Herald promoted a book party by Rachel Twigg Boyce for Shane Claiborne’s latest book (see MB Herald promotes Ecumenism, New Monasticism). This was not an isolated promotion, as they are in partnership with her. On the Mennonite Brethren Conference website is a video labeled: Celebration 2010 Houseblend Ministries, Added August, 27, 2010. On the video is Rachel Twigg Boyce introducing House Blend Ministries, an initiative of Missions and Church Extension through the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba. Not only is Rachel Twigg Boyce the director of House Blend Ministries, she is also completing her training as a spiritual director in Shekinah at St.Benedict’s, where she is very active. Shekinah is a two year ecumenical formation program for directors at St. Benedict’s.
The St. Benedict’s Retreat Centre 2010-2011 Schedule brochure contains information on training opportunities and workshops on Centering Prayer and Reiki. From the very beginning St. Benedict’s has welcomed diverse groups such as the Health Sciences Center, Anglicans, Mennonites, United, and Lutheran church groups as well as yoga and Buddhist meditation retreats. Recent speaking guests have included Phyllis Tickle, Richard Rohr, and the Mennonite’s favorite new monastic/activist and upcoming youth convention speaker, Shane Claiborne.
[Sources: http://www.stbens.ca/pdfs/Spring2010.pdf, http://www.stbens.ca/brochure1011.pdf%5D
Why is the MB Conference promoting spiritual compromise? Are they knowingly condoning the ecumenical, contemplative, mystical practices of Rachel Twigg Boyce, and the inter-faith, eastern and occultic practices (yoga, meditation and Reiki) offered at St. Benedict’s where she is being trained? How is this compromise any different than the controversy of Saddleback Community Church and pastor Rick Warren who has recently been partnering with occultic (TM and Reiki) practitioners for his Daniel Plan? (See Rick Warren’s “Daniel Plan” Doctor Recommends TM and Reiki Warnings.)
Will God bless such a partnership blend as the Mennonites have entered into with House Blends? Either the Mennonite Brethren Conference leaders have not done their homework, or worse, they have done their homework, are aware of these connections, and don’t care.
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
WHY IS THE MB HERALD FEATURING “A RADICAL PRAYER GATHERING” LED BY RACHEL TWIGG-BOYCE?
WHO IS RICHARD ROHR?
WHO IS PHYLLIS TICKLE?