Newsweekly – 2/14/16

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Newsweekly for Feb. 14

Local Events and Opportunities

The Center for Interfaith Engagement (CIE) at Eastern Mennonite University presents the film series “Across Cultures: Profiles in Courage and Resilience,” featuring 12 films of various genres, including fiction and documentaries, about human rights, environmental and social justice leaders. The series is moderated by Dr. Bob Bersson, visiting Jewish scholar at CIE. The films will be shown on Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Room 123. Admission is free for all films and the public is welcome.  For more information, email

Engage with the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery project at Eastern Mennonite University, February 15 through March 2. A traveling historical exhibit timeline created to educate and raise awareness among Mennonites and other Christians about the Doctrine of Discovery is on display in the Campus Center Greeting Hall from February 15-March 4. The Loss of Turtle Island participatory learning experience, depicting the historic relationship between European settlers – including Mennonites – and the Indigenous nations, is on March 2 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Greeting Hall. Both events are free and open to the public. Youth groups are invited.

Join theologian, activist, blogger, and author Drew G. I. Hart at Eastern Mennonite University Martin Chapel February 18 at 7pm and EMU Lehman Auditorium chapel February 19 at 10am for a discussion on racial reconciliation and the work of the church. Both events are free and open to the public. Hart is the author of “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism” published by Herald Press.

Senior high youth and sponsors are invited to VMC Senior High Retreat on “Peace & Nonresistance” with Titus Peachey and Earl & Pat Martin, February 19-21 at Highland Retreat. Exploring "Peace & Nonresistance," the content will cover both big picture peace/violence questions and registration with Selective Service and military enlistment questions. Learn more at

Annual Meat Canning for MCC will be February 22-26 at the Hinton Mennonite Relief Center, Hinton, Va. Virginia Mennonite Conference is responsible to provide help on Tuesday, February 23. (Help is needed from 5 am until 11 pm each day.) Friday, February 27 is scheduled as a community day and help is especially needed in the early morning. Anyone is welcome to come and help on any day! Funds are needed to purchase turkey for processing and for the ongoing operation of the Relief Center. If you would like to contribute to this project you can send a donation to the: Hinton Mennonite Relief Center, PO Box 519, Dayton, VA 22821. If you have any questions about this project you can contact Leon Rhodes at (540) 867-9751 or Gerald Knicely at (540) 879-2077. Thanks for your participation in this effort to feed the less fortunate in the world.

VMC Ministry Retreat on “Changing World, Everlasting Word,” featuring Dr. John Roth, February 26-28 at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center. Learn more at

Come and enjoy an evening of fun and facts about what God is doing through Rehoboth Mennonite Church's prison ministry at the Rehoboth Jail and Prison Ministry Banquet, March 5, 4:00 pm at Mountain View Mennonite Church 55 Love Road, Lyndhurst, Va.

Hear two very talented singing groups at a Bridge of Hope Benefit Concert, Friday, March 18. The Walking Roots Band, a Harrisonburg-based folk/bluegrass roots band, and Into Hymn, JMU's only all-female accapella Christian singing group, will perform! The concert will be held at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church beginning at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10 a piece and all proceeds will benefit Bridge of Hope, a local ministry serving homeless & at-risk single mothers and their children in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Co. area. For ticket information please call 540-478-2356.

Leading into the Common Good: an Anabaptist Perspective is a conference for practitioners, scholars and students. Come join us to discuss a future leadership paradigm. The workshop topics are Emergent Leadership, Leading Innovation, People Management Ethics, Developing Resilient Organizations, and Authentic Leadership. The first session begins Thursday, April 7 and continues through noon Saturday, April 9.  For registration and more information:

EMU leadership conference to create a new paradigm of “Leading into the Common Good.” Author and speaker Peter Block headlines a list of notable speakers for “Leading into the Common Good: An Anabaptist Perspective,” a conference for practitioners, scholars and students April 7-9, 2016, at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Block, a well-known expert on organizational development, community building and civic engagement, will address the conference live via video. Many other speakers and workshop leaders will provide input over the two days. Learn more at

"Holy and Beloved" is a gathering for women who minister in many ways.  Come to share your passions and encourage each other on April 16, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Discipleship Center, Eastern Mennonite University. The day includes worship, workshops and lunch.  Cost is $20 and childcare is provided.

Job and Volunteers Opportunities:

MennoMedia is in the process of filling various paid and volunteer positions for Project 606, our project to produce a new Mennonite Church hymnal in 2020.  Get details about the timeline and staffing needs at

MennoMedia seeks a Curriculum Project Director to oversee all aspects of Shine: Living in God’s Light, a multicomponent Sunday school curriculum for ages 3 through grade 8. Must have strong vision, planning, and oversight skills. Responsibilities include editing and writing with theological depth, awareness of multicultural diversity, and commitment to inquiry-based learning. A strong understanding of Christian education and curriculum is required. Full-time, salaried position for the duration of the curriculum, projected to be four to five years. For details and application, go to and click on Job Openings.  Application review begins in March.  Send application to No phone calls, please.

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

Ask that God would give wisdom to the leaders of the Mennonite Church of Trinidad and  Tobago as they meet next weekend to elect officers to serve in the vacant positions of the General Church Council.





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