Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 1 Cor. 5:6
They may seem small and insignificant, but they are there. The July 2012 MB Herald (the official magazine of Mennonite Brethren churches in Canada) wants its readers to know (in Newsbriefs) that:
Pope Benedict XVI bestowed papal honours on two Canadian pioneers of interfaith dialogue. Jesuit priest, theologian and author Irénée Beaubien was awarded a pontifical medal for fostering understanding between Catholics and other faith groups. The Pontifical Equestrian Order of Saint Sylvester Pope and Martyr was granted to Victor Goldbloom for promoting dialogue between Christians and Jews. Goldbloom is among a handful of Canadians and the first non-Christian in the history of the Archdiocese of Montreal and Quebec to have the papal honour conferred on him. —Canadian Centre for Ecumenism
– Newsbriefs, MB Herald, July 2012
The July issue also tells us in Current Bits that:
“The desert is where things fall apart and where things may come together for us in an unanticipated way.” Belden C. Lane, professor of theological studies at St. Louis (Mo.) University, gave lessons from the wilderness as he spoke on the spirituality of Desert Fathers and Mothers and of the early Anabaptists at Canadian Mennonite University’s J. J. Thiessen lectures. His talks are transcribed and published in this volume.
– Current bits, MB Herald, July 2012
Belden C. Lane teaches on a Jesuit faculty at a Roman Catholic university. He is also a spiritual director whose interests include Desert Spirituality and the process of spiritual transformation in the Richard Rohr (neo-pagan) tradition.
“As a Protestant member of a Roman Catholic faculty, I teach in the areas of American religion, the history of spirituality, and the connections between geography and faith. The relationship of Christian spirituality to the wonder and beauty of the natural world is close to my heart, whether seen in the earth-sensitive practices of Celtic spirituality or Calvin and Edwards’ perception of the world as a theater of God’s glory in the Reformed tradition.
…I increasingly find myself working with men, helping lead initiation rites through Richard Rohr’s program for Men as Learners and Elders in Albuquerque as well as the Mankind Project, International.”
The audio of the Canadian Mennonite University lecture series promoted by the MB Herald can be found here:
JJ Thiessen Lectures audio – Dr. Belden Lane
CMU welcomed Belden C. Lane (see Belden C. Lane for 2010 J.J. Thiessen Lecture Series) for the 33rd annual J.J. Thiessen Lecture Series on October 19, 2010. Their promotion explains further:
In the J.J. Thiessen Lectures Series, Lane draws from his own work on the symbolic significance of wilderness in Christian spirituality. “In the history of Christian spirituality, desert and mountain terrain has often been the source (and refuge) of counter-cultural movements,” says Lane. “The Desert Christians in the fourth century went into the desert beyond the Nile, reacting after Constantine to the church’s support of a prosperity theology, gospel of success, and militarism.” Relating to aspects of Anabaptist history, he notes that, “in sixteenth-century Switzerland, Anabaptists hid in barns and fled to caves in the Jura Mountains, questioning the magisterial Reformation in similar ways.”
Can our Anabaptist forefathers’ escape from persecution by the Roman Catholic church (namely at the hands of the Jesuits who led the counter reformation) truthfully be compared to a group of hermits called the Desert Fathers who adopted meditation practices from the east? Why is the MB Herald promoting this CMU lecture series? Why is the official magazine of Mennonite Brethren churches ‘heralding’ any Jesuit news bits at all?
NOTE: The following year, in 2011, CMU invited Brian McLaren to speak for their Refreshing Winds Conference, which was also promoted by the MB Herald. (See McLaren’s Refreshing Winds at CMU)
Anabaptists and Jesuits – Lest We Forget
Mennonites and St. Ignatius
The Desert Fathers – Borrowing From the East
MB Conference Promoting Next Level – Jesuit Training
Richard Rohr Impacts the Mark Centre, the Mennonites, and Maybe Millions