Shane Claiborne & Mennonites, Again

Shane Claiborne and social justice is coming to Canadian Mennonite University.

Ordinary radical preaches Jesus and justice
Shane Claiborne set to address annual Peace-It-Together youth conference

By Aaron Epp | Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WINNIPEG, MB—How can Christians view their faith in a way that engages the world, addresses injustice and makes God’s love manifest?

That’s a question Shane Claiborne is interested in exploring when he speaks at Canadian Mennonite University next month. The activist and author will speak at the university’s Peace-It-Together youth conference October 18-20.

Claiborne spoke to ChristianWeek by phone from his home at The Simple Way—a community he helped start in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighbourhood. It focuses on loving God, loving its neighbours, living simply and making a difference in the area through a variety of different initiatives.

Claiborne points to a quotation from the Presbyterian writer and theologian Frederick Buechner: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

More here:

To understand why this is a concern, read the following:

Jim Wallis, Shane Claiborne and Progressive Christianity

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The Conversation has begun

The conversation has begun in the September issue of the MB Herald[1] …

“Will you officiate our wedding?”
How one pastor tackles questions about same-sex relationships:

You don’t know them!
Christians and gays with a different story:

This is all leading into the study conference in October, hosted by The Canadian Conference Board of Faith & Life called “Human Sexuality: Honouring God with the body.” The conference is “to help individuals and communities engage in conversation and theological reflection” and will be held on October 16–18, 2013 at River West Christian Church in Edmonton, Alberta.[2]

Only time will tell whether this complicated dialogue[3] process will lead the Mennonite Brethren into the way of the world, or the Word.

4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? – Jesus (Matthew 19:4-5)


[3] See: The Power of Dialogue


What does the Bible say about homosexuality?

If they knew…

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge … “ Hosea 4:6

If they knew this…

Researching the Labyrinth Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Would they still do this?


Love or Leave the Labyrinth?

Mennonites and Prayer Labyrinths

Mennonite Labyrinths

Did these Young Mennonites Walk the Labyrinth?

Why a Prayer Labyrinth at EMU

Prayer labyrinth dedicated at EMU

Through the unremarkable, beautiful gate

“Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen…” Jeremiah 10:2