All twisted up

This article supports two pet theories of mine; 1) Mennonites love metaphor but aren’t terribly poetic 2) Rainbow Church (and this pastor, specifically) totally rocks.

over and around the rainbow

Several months ago I left the Reference Council gathering of Western District Conference feeling all twisted up. I don’t particularly enjoy talking about or stirring up controversy. There are others much more skilled than me in this department. I feel much more at home in smaller gatherings where there can be more dialogue, deeper listening, and give-and-take conversation. So as I stepped to the microphone I felt nervous. More than that, I felt wracked with pain as I thought about the divisions, conflicts, and suffering being experienced today in the Mennonite Church, a historic peace church. A part of me feared that I would be yet another person adding insult to injury. I often think of the following Barbara Brown Taylor quote: “Human beings never behave more badly toward one another than when they believe they are protecting God.” Of course it is much easier to accuse others of behaving…

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