Although the halls and classrooms of Rosthern Junior College are empty now because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a few short weeks ago they were filled with life, as students and teachers met for the school’s annual Deeper Life Days.
On March 5 and 6, with the help of three guest speakers, they explored the theme, “God’s story, our story: Making sense of the Bible.” Vice-principal David Epp described the theme as “broad, universal and global, but also particular to each one of us.”
Each speaker was asked to write a summary of God’s story in 115 words. These summaries, said Epp, served as “on-ramps on which to have conversations” about the Bible.
Rachel Wallace, pastor of Eigenheim Mennonite, described God’s story in terms of an arc encompassing past, present and future.
Chad Moir, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rosthern, spoke of the universality of Scripture, but also its power to shape individuals.
Ric Driediger, a local businessman and former pastor, talked about how each person is called to live as an example of God’s love.
After hearing the three speakers, students were invited to write their own 115-word summary of God’s story.
“For some of our students, the story is deeply known,” Epp said, “while, for others, they are thinking about it for the first time.” He cited Canadian Mennonite University professor emeritus Gerald Gerbrandt, who says that one of the fundamental things about God’s story is that it does not narrow, but is ever widening and becoming more inclusive.
Do you have a story idea about Mennonites in Saskatchewan? Send it to Donna Schulz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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