By Janet Lynn Kroeker
Have you ever been awakened in the middle of the night by someone banging on your door yelling loudly, “Are you okay, are you okay?” This was a first for me. My upstairs neighbor had probably heard me screaming for someone to help me through our poorly-insulated walls and been startled awake. After a brief apologetic explanation she returned to her home, assured that I was safe. I went back to bed and lay wide awake until I rose at morning light.
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Dr. Julia Feder is an assistant professor of theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Her research focuses on theological anthropology, suffering, and salvation. Her forthcoming book is called Trauma and Salvation: A Theology of Healing. Anna Groff and Julia Feder spoke on Oct. 18. This following Q&A comes out of their conversation:
By Linda Gehman Peachey
Two members of the Dove’s Nest Speaker’s Bureau attended the “Child-on-Child Abuse: Recognizing, Reporting, Preventing” conference, sponsored by the law office Gibbel Kraybill & Hess, on October 5, 2017, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Linda Gehman Peachey shares her experiences here.
By Janet Lynn Kroeker
Dove’s Nest led a child protection plan training and introduced the Circle of Grace curriculum to a church in the Midwest in 2014. Two years later, the new pastors discovered that the previous pastor was sexually abusing his niece; he had been doing so for six years, beginning when she was five years old.
Two members of the Dove’s Nest Speaker’s Bureau attended the “Child-on-Child Abuse: Recognizing, Reporting, Preventing” conference, sponsored by the law office Gibbel Kraybill & Hess, on October 5, 2017, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Jan Slabaugh shares her experiences here.
By Anna Groff
It is likely that your church community is blessed with participation from autistic children and adults. These individuals offer wonderful gifts of intelligence, talents, humor, and help. We are grateful that many churches are working at creative ways to welcome and include these individuals.
By Glen Guyton, COO of Mennonite Church USA and Dove's Nest Speaker's Bureau Member
Maybe nothing better illustrates the need for clear boundary lines than the hymn by Thomas H. Troeger,
“God marked a line and told the sea, its surging tides and waves were free to travel up the sloping strand, but not to overtake the land.”
Even in nature, we see that by design God created natural barriers to protect various aspects of His creation. They say good fences make good neighbors and I say healthy boundaries make healthy ministries.