Pray for Korean Peninsula

ReconciliAsian has partnered with Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Central Committee, and Mennonite Mission Network to highlight May 20th as a Day of Prayer for the Korean Peninsula.  

With hope we pray for peace and clear minds for all leaders engaged in historic talks regarding the future of North and South Korea. This initiative invites MC USA members and congregations to: LEARN.  PRAY.  and JOIN.  

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What Blooms on Blum

We are glad to be leading another Guns to Gardens event on April 21 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm at 1301 Blum Street in the Junction neighborhood of Toledo.  We have been asked by their community-led coalition to demonstrate turning guns into garden tools as part of their larger community development project involving social, economic, and environmental justice.  Please join us for this event.  

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Training

A Seminar for Schools, Churches, Educators, Community Leaders and anyone interested in learning how to effectively hand conflict

April 13-14, 2018  |  Click Here to download brochure  

This workshop will give participants an introduction to the theory and definition of conflict, comparative practices within the fields of conflict management, conflict resolution, and conflict transformation. Time will be spent on the values, commitments, and the growth and challenges of Conflict Resolution and Mediation as a practice.     

Participants will be discover their own conflict management style as well as learn the basic components of facilitating the mediation process.  A particular focus will be on learning how to identify and move from oppositional and position based interests to mutual interest based outcomes and agreements as well as how to move past the challenge of an impasse.  

Come join us and explore how conflict resolution and the practice of mediation can be applied in your profession and within your community.


Schedule: April 13-14, 2018

Friday 5:15-5:30 p.m. Registration  |  Click here to register online

Friday 5:30-8:30 p.m. Defining Conflict & the Mediation Process           

Saturday 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.     

8:30 a.m.– 10:00 a.m. Challenges and Community Response

     10:00-10:10 a.m. Break

10:00 am-12:00 pm  Conflict Style Inventory

12:00 pm-12:45pm  Lunch will be provided

12:45-2:00 pm   Mediation Best Practices

     2:00 pm-2:10 pm  Break

2:10 pm-4:30 pm  Conducting Mediation

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This training will be led by Allen Rutter from Shalom Ministries.  Allen Rutter has been a mediator and conflict resolution trainer since 2006 and is the executive director at Shalom Counseling and Mediation Center located in Archbold and Bryan OH.  Over the years he has helped families, businesses, organizations, churches and court ordered participants resolve a myriad of conflicts and restitution regarding criminal offenses as well as divorce and truancy mediation.        

Shalom Counseling and Mediation Center has been serving individuals, families, and the courts of NW Ohio since 1998.  Shalom is a faith based  501 c 3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization operated by a board of directors.

 

 

 

My Life is Ashes

Join us for our Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday February 14 at 6:30 pm.

The theme is "My Life is Ashes."  As part of the service, you will be invited to share a 30-second testimony about a time when your life was in ashes.  Also in the the service we will be reading excerpts from the writing of Henri Nouwen that guide us from being in ashes to where we might find new life.

Whether you share or not, you are invited to this service as we officially begin the season of Lent

Sharing a 30-Second Testimony:  

You are invited to prepare a 30 second testimony and share it at our Ash Wednesday service.  The testimony can be NO MORE THAN 5 SENTENCES LONG.   PLEASE write it out before hand and practice it.

Picture This: A moment in time when your life was in ashes. Draw the picture with words.

  1. How old were you?
  2. Where were you?
  3. Who was there?
  4. What happened to make you feel as though your life was in ashes?
  5. Who was God to you in this situation?

*** YOU DO NOT NEED TO RESOLVE THE STORY. As a part of the Lenten theme “Give it all Up” it can be enough to simply leave your story in Ashes (Easter comes later).

An example of the format:

I was 18 years old and my best friend (my older sister) and I got in an epic fight. I told her everything she was doing wrong with her life and I said I needed to tell her that because I loved her. I stormed out of the house and drove to the cemetery in the middle of nowhere to cry. I realized I didn’t confront her out of love, I was embarrassed. I was embarrassed because she lived her sin in the open and I just lived my sin secret—she was a mirror image of myself.  Jess age 33

Over the past several years I have had bouts of darkness. I usually cannot pinpoint exactly what brings it on. I feel alone and scared. At times I fear I am losing my identity.  I cry a lot and prayer begins. I cry out to God to answer my prayers but they seem to be unanswered. Why? –Anonymous

Lent at Home

You can nurture your faith at home this Lent and Easter.  The TMC Formation Commission recommends the following two resources.

The first is a resource from the Presbyterian church called "Draw Near."   It offers daily devotional readings in the Psalms and engaging visuals.  Each day contains a short reading and a list of open-ended questions that allow the spirit to speak to you through the text.  Click here to download.  

The second resource is from anabaptistfaithformation.org.  It is a Lent-at-Home guide particularly geared toward families with children.  The guide follows the Lent theme "Between Me & You" from the Leader Magazine.  We will not be utilizing this theme in our worship, nevertheless, it still provides a good at-home guide to deepen your faith during Lent.  Click here to download.  

In whatever way you choose to engage the season of Lent, may God's Spirit be at work in you to transform you more and more into the image of Christ.