Teaching for Christian Community
Instructor: Sarah Ann Bixler, EMS instructor in formation and practical theology
Meets fully online August 7 from 7:00-9:00pm EDT, August 8 from 10:00am-noon EDT, August 14 from 7:00-9:00pm EDT and August 15 from 10:00am-noon EDT
Course description: How can teaching practices cultivate community, both on site and online? This interactive online course combines educational theory and practice with deep theological reflection to explore this question. Participants will consider the aims of Christian education, how various teaching methods can support or undercut theological commitments, what explicit and implicit content is taught by Christian communities, and how mutuality, authority and harm impact learning environments. Short readings will be provided from theologians and educators including Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Kenneth Hill, bell hooks, Boyung Lee and Kay Pranis. Tools gained in this course will help participants propose strategies for how teaching can build healthier forms of Christian community in their own contexts.
Cost: $100 per congregation, for one or more individuals registering from the same congregation. For registration and more information, visit https://emu.edu/seminary/continuing-ed
Join with others in the SOS “Hundreds for Hundreds” two-mile walk from Community Mennonite Church at 6:00 pm Sunday, August 23. This is to honor MCC’s 100-year anniversary and to raise much needed funds for refugee relief. Contact Mark Keller to participate or for more information at Mkeller123@gmail.com or 540 820-4387.
Join a special Bike Shenandoah 2020 ride in memory of Steve Leaman on Saturday, September 19. Steve loved biking, and worked with Bike Shenandoah for several years in his role with VMMissions. In honor of Steve, a double portion of proceeds will go to VMMissions. The Other beneficiary agencies are MennoMedia, Mennonite Central Committee, NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center, Our Community Place, and Roberta Webb Childcare Center. Bike Shenandoah is an annual family-friendly fundraising event which includes rides of 5, 15, 30, or 62 miles in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. This year, non-bikers can also participate by walking or playing golf, one of Steve’s other favorite sports. Register at bikeshenandoah.org Email questions to: email@example.com. See the event poster.
Service and Employment Opportunities
Zion Mennonite Church, near Harrisonburg, VA is seeking a full-time Lead Pastor. Job description can be found at www.zmcva.org. We follow MCUSA salary and benefit guidelines. Position open immediately. Interested persons should contact Paul Leaman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastern Mennonite Missions is searching for a collaborative, mission-hearted change leader to be its next president. This person will be spiritually passionate about living a life that is being transformed by Christ. The president will serve as a collaborative leader who can work with teams and a broad constituency. The EMM presidential search team will be receiving applications through July 31, with a goal of recommending a candidate to the EMM Board by November. Learn more about this opportunity at EMM.ORG/PRESIDENTIALSEARCH.
Mennonite Mission Network’s Service Adventure is still happening in the fall and there are plenty of openings! Check out MennoniteMission.net/ServiceAdventure to learn more and sign up! Mennonite Mission Network is still taking MVS applications for the 2020-2021 year. Please visit MennoniteMission.net/MVS for the most up to date unit and placement information.