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It's been quite a while since I have posted here. This September is the least busy that I have been in a long time, and I intend to take some time to read, write, and reflect, as I work on my thesis project for the MTS degree at Conrad Grebel University College.

On bedtime prayers

I’ve recently started the practice of praying with my one-year-old son before bed. We’ve had mealtime prayers going for a while now, usually in the form of a song, and at night I usually sing to him, too. Now that he’s starting to learn some words and showing evidence of understanding more and more of what we say to him, though, I thought it seemed like a good time to take up the spiritual practice of a spoken bedtime prayer with him; after all, it’s never too early to start a good habit!


BFC: Whom are we serving?

It’s been over a month since the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly was held in my new/old hometown of Winnipeg, but I for one am still thinking about everything I heard there. I didn’t go as a delegate (being between churches makes that difficult!), but I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss out on the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) discussions. As some of my previous posts suggest, our Mennonite theologies of sexuality are of particular interest to me, so I wanted to share a few of my highlights of that aspect of the Assembly.


The invisible poor

Alicia and Billy Good with their daughter.

Alicia Good and her family lived below the poverty line for more than three years. That is, until last year.

The 32-year-old currently serves as a pastor at North Leamington United Mennonite Church, in Leamington, Ont., while her husband Billy attends law school. They have a young daughter together.

Church is not Facebook: A Reflection on the 2014 Assembly

My Saturday morning began with discord. I woke up, checked Facebook, and found my newsfeed full of statuses that made me feel sick. I couldn't stop reading, every line filling me with anger. Who were these people glibly posting such hurtful articles? How had I let myself become vulnerable to their opinions by allowing their voices into my life? I rounded these Facebook "friends" up and without a second thought, clicked delete.

Nerding out

According to, the word “nerd” is defined as “a person who behaves awkwardly around other people and usually has unstylish clothes, hair, etc.” or “a person who is very interested in technical subjects, computers, etc.”


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