March 17-Today, I choose hope

My March 17 TIMOTHY DANIEL·THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016 Three years ago, circumstances and the powers that be forced me to say good bye to my church family, which also happened to be where I was employed as a pastor. This was not a transition that I willingly chose but in many ways it brought me…

Bill C-16

  This poem was written by a non-binary, queer Mennonite who is not publicly out, so asked that their identity be withheld. They blog sporadically at singingmenno.wordpress.com. Do you know what it feels like to have your very existence constantly up for public debate? If you don’t, please, listen closely. If you do, I am so…

Just let him finish; Or, you cannot serve both process and advocacy

Written by David CL Driedger “No man who does not actively choose to work to change and challenge patriarchy escapes its impact.” – bell hooks “I’ve come to the conclusion that process is how Mennonites justify and inflict violence. As long as we have a process, we have been fair, good, and kind people.” –…

Observe the goat: life lessons on coming out.

  I opened the door to the barn, and as if on queue, the barn erupted with braying, squealing and clucking in anticipation of breaking the night’s fast. However, within the cacophony I could hear one holler in particular that indicated a potential problem. When I investigated, sure enough, there was a kid goat whose…

The Queerness of God

Written by Jessica Reesor Rempel God is queer.  Does that make you uncomfortable? I’m not sorry.  I won’t take it back. Embracing the full humanity in folks who identify as queer (LGBTQ) means recognizing that all of us are made in the image of God. And if all of us reflect who God is, that…

Homophobia: All Part of the Same Story

Carol writes this from within the Mennonite Brethren Church but her words are true for Mennonite Church Canada and beyond! Written by Carol Penner DearMBchurch.ca: When I heard yesterday that 50 people had been killed and dozens injured at a LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, I was numb. As I have been numb when mass shootings…

Act more out of love than fear

Written by Jana Miller 2012 was the year the Mayans said the world was supposed to end. They got that wrong. Except for the world I lived in. It imploded when I came out that spring. And it’s been falling apart, coming back together, changing my perspective and how I love, and teaching me to sit…

“The bible is very clear!”

Pieter Niemeyer, with thanks to John MH “The bible is very Clear” I can hardly count the numerous times I have heard this phrase being used as a tool to counter and shut down conversation regarding difficult matters of faith and life, particularly in relation to LGBTQ people. As soon as someone says it to…

Hide and No Seek

Originally posted on Living Ink:
When I was a child, I played hide and seek like I was a professional. I treated it like an Olympic sport that one day I would bring home the gold I was a secret agent I was a tiny ninja I was some mutant combination two, and I knew…

Listening Church

I invite you to take a listen. I was honoured to be among this company of people to share my story, our stories, with the larger Church. May the Spirit’s work be done.  

Prayer for Courage to find my voice for change.

A prayer by Pieter Niemeyer This prayer arises from my wrestling with God and scripture. Two stories from scripture frame this prayer. The first is relatively unknown regarding the daughters of Zelophehad, found in Numbers 27:1-11. The second is from Mark 7:24-30 regarding the Syrophoenician woman. These woman refused to be silenced and called out God…