By Rachel Nafziger Hartzler
Placing the narrative of this congregation in the context of 500 years of Mennonite heritage illustrates the grace and the strain that has either beset and empowered a different team of people that begun as radical reformers.
Although “no strings connected” refers back to the women’s headwear through the Twenties, which had no strings, it may well even be the tale of the pastor consuming lunch at the height of the steep roof of the church development! Reflecting on tales of those Mennonite humans is a call for participation to maneuver into the long run with brave desire. Believing and behaving otherwise has now not avoided Middlebury Mennonites from treating one another respectfully, residing in a neighborhood of affection, pleasure, and peace, and delivering God’s therapeutic and wish to one another and to the world.
“Few congregational histories give you the theological and cultural context in their tale. This booklet is a remarkable exception! it really is set in post-World struggle I northern Indiana, the main major environment for the fight among culture and innovation between Mennonites within the usa at the moment. . . . This e-book is a revealing retelling of the struggles, goals, and personalities that made friendly Oaks Mennonite Church a devoted neighborhood of Christ.”
—John D. Rempel, Director, Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre
“No Strings Attached is an engaging tale of department inside one congregation advised opposed to the backdrop of tumultuous clash in the broader Mennonite church. Hartzler recounts how that department performed itself out and chronicles the gracious technique of discernment that ended in reconciliation and reunion eighty-six years later. This booklet places present-day conflicts in viewpoint and explores topics of authority, communal discernment, and nonconformity, that are as proper this day as they have been then.”
—Andre Gingerich Stoner, Director of Interchurch kin, Director of Holistic Witness, Mennonite Church USA
“Fascinating! This tale weaves jointly a specific church clash with the ancient context of the Mennonite Midwest within the Nineteen Twenties. No Strings hooked up invitations us to understand extra absolutely the layers underlying church conflicts, then and this present day. Our love for God compels us to proceed the paintings of discerning obstacles round necessities and freedom in nonessentials, to have strings connected or now not. This publication is an encouragement in that tough and holy conversation.”
—Lois Johns Kaufmann, convention Minister, relevant District convention of Mennonite Church USA
Rachel Nafziger Hartzler is a mom, grandmother, nurse, and ordained minister in Mennonite Church united states. She used to be the final pastor of friendly Oaks Mennonite Church. She at present lives in Indiana and works as a non secular director and retreat chief. She is the writer of Grief and Sexuality: existence After wasting a Spouse (2006) and Nurturing fit Sexuality at domestic: A consultant for Parents (2010).
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No Strings Attached: Boundary Lines in Pleasant Places: A History of Warren Street / Pleasant Oaks Mennonite Church by Rachel Nafziger Hartzler