Is the MB Conference Knowingly Condoning Ecumencial Inter-spiritual Practices?

“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–an-inward-journey-88467657.html?path=/life/faith

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.

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.”
Ephesians 5:11

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5 thoughts on “Is the MB Conference Knowingly Condoning Ecumencial Inter-spiritual Practices?

  1. I think you might have a little of both happening within their leadership…some have not done their homework, but there are many who know exactly what is going on and proceed anyway. I see the same patterns within many denominations, and have witnessed those who become aware of the deception and refuse to speak up for who knows what reason. It makes my heart weary to see people who bury their heads in the sand pretending that there is nothing wrong.

    • I am an MB in South Texas, and am very worried about the way the U.S Conference is heading I see Imergent written all over its future and leaders are buring their heads in the sand I speak out and its like talking to sombies who are proceeding like robots. What I am worried about is that they will try to infiltrate our Conference with their Satanical practices

      • Hello Joe,

        The best way to get through to the emergent robot zombies is by praying for them, and especially for all those they are influencing. And if you live close to San Antonio, you may see more turning to these emerging ways, as Shane Claiborne is going to be the keynote speaker at the MB National Youth Convention there this April (see here).

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