June 12, 2013

What’s the Connection between Peacemaking and Self-Differentiation

On Sunday, June 2, Marty Troyer began a new six-week series blog on Identity, Community and Mission that will involve a cadre of peacemaking bloggers. He begins by exploring Self-Differentiation from a Family Systems perspective and reflects on his own lack of spiritual foundation for peacemaking work.
Go to  http://blog.chron.com/thepeacepastor/2013/06/identity-and-mission/ . 

Marty is the pastor of Houston Mennonite Church and a blogger for the Houston Chronicle.
     –submitted by Marty Troyer, hmcpastor1@sbclobal.net, 713-464-4865

          Houston Mennonite Church,Texas

Founder of Bethlehem Bible College to preach at Bethel College Mennonite Church June 16

Dr. Bishara Awad will be the guest preacher at Bethel College Mennonite Church on Sunday, June 16. Dr. Awad is the founder and President Emeritus of Bethlehem Bible College in Bethlehem, West Bank, a Christian college whose goal is to train Palestinian Christians as pastors and leaders for Christian service in Israel and Palestine.  Dr. Awad has been one of the planners of the Bible College’s Christ at the Checkpoint Conference, which calls Christians to take responsibility to help resolve the conflicts in Israel-Palestine by engaging with the teaching of Jesus on the Kingdom of God. Dr. Awad will preach about Jesus’ call in Matthew 5:38-42 to go the extra mile and love one’s enemies. Following worship, Dr. Awad will share more about his story and work of reconciliation during the Sunday school hour in the BCMC Sanctuary. This hour will be facilitated by Patty Shelly, professor of Bible and religion at Bethel College. Shelly became acquainted with Dr. Awad during her years working with Mennonite Central Committee in the Middle East.  Worship at Bethel College Mennonite Church begins at 9:30 a.m., and the Sunday school hour is from 10:50-11:45 a.m. The church is located at 2600 College Ave, North Newton, KS. 

  –submitted by Ruth Harder, Associate Pastor, ruth.bcmc@sbcglobal.net, 316-283-3667

       Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, KS

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