Guns in Church?

Guns in Church?

I read an article on NPR yesterday about a church in Mexico, New York where the church website states that it is “not a gun free zone,” and the pastor, Ron Russell, encourages parishioners to carry guns to church on Sundays. The article states, “Russell, 70, believes...
Open up your homes, open up your hearts

Open up your homes, open up your hearts

During the life of our small congregation, five or six different households have engaged in the ancient practice of hospitality – opening their homes to the stranger. During this time, we have welcomed immigrants and refugees as well as people experiencing...
Getting Organized

Getting Organized

There comes a time in the life of a young congregation, even one that is intentionally “light on its feet” and flows fairly organically, when you have to take a step back and get organized a bit. There comes a time when you have to take a step back and look at all the...
“Everything in moderation, including moderation”

“Everything in moderation, including moderation”

“I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku...
Church Start Best Practices: Build a Tiny Home Village

Church Start Best Practices: Build a Tiny Home Village

Take it or leave it, here is my “best practices” recommendation to church starters and established pastors everywhere: start a tiny home village with and for people experiencing homelessness. That is what our congregation, Beloved Community Mennonite Church, in...