During our introduction to worship this morning at church, I shared a bit about how I had been observing closely (at least closer than usual) the activities surrounding the G20 Summit meetings in Hamburg, Germany this past weekend. Marla and I visited friends in Hamburg on our last weekend in Germany (about a month ago) … More What’s your worldview?
As we leave Ludwigshafen, we have mixed feelings. One of our friends from Winnipeg wished us a “bitter sweet” farewell. And that is exactly what it is. The “sweet” certainly includes moving back home; seeing family, friends, reconnecting with our church and Westgate communities, and moving back into our own house. The familiarity and comforts … More Mit einem lachenden und einem weinenden Auge
The theological understanding of the word ‘Blessed” often comes with some baggage. There are biblical stories that support the idea of a god that blesses and curses us. This god blesses us with riches and good health and can curse us with sickness and death. Many Christians claim this “prosperity gospel” with the assurance that … More Blessed
These are greetings commonly used during Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. Roughly translated, they mean happy or blessed Ramadan. Since most of our Friedenshaus students are Muslim, we feel especially conscious about this celebration right now. I remember having to teach a World Religions course a number of years ago and reading … More Ramadan Kareem, Ramadan Mubarak!
Earlier this week, Marla and I were looking online for a movie to watch. We found “The Shack”, a newer film based on the successful novel by William Paul Young. In case you don’t know, “The Shack” tells the story about a man (Mack) who encounters God near an abandoned shack where his daughter was … More Helpless but Hopeful
Before coming out to Germany, I understood my main role here at Friedenshaus to be language instruction. And, to be fair, the German government has been very diligent in encouraging (i.e, forcing) refugees to take language classes. When workers from other countries came to Germany to help rebuild after WWII, integration and language learning were … More The Friedenshaus Family
Today’s blog is more of a longer “Word of the Week” than a blog entry. But, I hope, nonetheless interesting. The three words in today’s title came to mind as I was preparing my lessons this week. In the past, I have used different ideas/themes to practise German with our students at Friedenshaus. Lately, since … More Wir schaffen das!
We had the opportunity to participate in the “Mennonitischer Gemeindetag” this past weekend in Regensburg, Germany. This is a triennial gathering of Mennonites from across Germany, allowing for connections to grow among people linked theologically, yet separated geographically. Not unlike our Canadian Assembly, it’s an opportunity to renew old relationships and form new ones. It … More Geschenkt
We both had the privilege and joy of spending time with family this week. My (Marla) mom and sister Melanie arrived on April 14th just as the warmth we had enjoyed for two weeks disappeared. Even so our time together was wonderful. We celebrated the risen Christ together with the folk from Ludwigshafen Mennonite church … More Family Time
April 12 In our province of Rhineland Palatinate, students are currently enjoying a two week Spring Break. Each province in Germany tries to take slightly different holiday breaks to minimize the traffic congestion that would take place if all the country’s students suddenly started travelling. Since many of our students at Friedenshaus also have children, … More Palm Sunday Holiday