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…

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…

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…

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…

Bi my Side: My coming out journey and the importance of community

By Alex Neufeldt Growing up, I always believed monosexuality (the romantic or sexual attraction to members of one sex or gender only) to be the norm. Heterosexuality was always assumed to be the default, of course, though the notion of homosexuality has also been within my realm of consciousness as long as I can remember,…

He was one of us!

(the image is of a sculpture by Timothy Schmalz called, homeless Jesus) Blog by By Pieter Niemeyer Christmas is soon upon us. Images of Jesus’ nativity have been plastered on greeting cards and set up on front lawns of churches and homes and in all kinds of configurations- even a Zombie manger scene was attempted this year but got…