Readers write: January 30, 2023 issue

January 25, 2023 | Opinion | Volume 27 Issue 2
(Graphic by Betty Avery)

Tell your story of faith
The article “Eyes to see” (Nov. 28, 2022) discussed, “how to help members talk about faith and God’s work in their own lives.”

Many of us would rather talk about Mennonites in the past or present, thus evading talking about God in our lives. As followers of Jesus, we are urged to talk and walk the life we have in our Lord. I believe each of us has one story or several stories of God in our lives.

I think we are hesitant and lax in such conversations for several reasons. First, we do not wish to intrude or offend anyone. We know people have been turned away from Christianity by aggressive and forceful voices. These encounters are deeply seated in our minds and hearts.

Second, we are not convinced that God has indeed significantly touched our own lives. We simply may have been lucky or fortunate, events simply happened as they appear among others. We feel it would be too brazen to say that God told me this or God directed me in this decision, or God, dare I say, “saved” me in specific circumstance. This reduces any Jesus story I might have to tell.

Following Jesus is a revolutionary and radical journey. We are a new creation. We are children of God, created in God’s image. God longs for others to know of God’s love through our voice at appropriate times.
—John F. Peters attends Waterloo North Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ont.


More info on new moderator please
I am disappointed in the interview with the new Mennonite Church Canada moderator (“Meet Geraldine Balzer,” Dec. 12, 2022). There was no mention of her educational or work background, which are surely more important than some of the things that are mentioned.
—Edward Wiebe (online comment)

Editor’s note: Balzer is currently associate professor of curriculum studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to that she worked in Nunavut and Northwest Territories for 14 years, teaching every grade except 1, and serving as principal. She has a PhD in curriculum studies and English from the University of Saskatchewan, a B.Ed. from the same university, an MA in English from the University of Waterloo, and a BA in theatre arts and English from UBC.

(Graphic by Betty Avery)

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