Practicing Reconciliation

Practicing Reconciliation provides a blog space to pose hard questions and test possibilities as we form a storm-worthy moral canopy for these anxious, precarious and violently polarized times. We need a moral canopy under which we can stand together, even with our differences. We need a moral canopy to provide faith communities with the resilience to withstand the onslaught of the storm, and to provide compassionate, just leadership on behalf of those most at risk. Such a canopy can only be woven of hard-won convictions, usually forged in crucibles of suffering and tested with strenuous, respectful and socially embodied argumentation until proven storm-worthy — and worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In her Practicing Reconciliation blog, AMBS president Sara Wenger Shenk, prods us to move beyond polarized thinking toward wholeness and abundant life in Christ, who is our peace.

Where does AMBS stand?

November 14, 2017

Taking a stand means learning to read the Scriptures prayerfully and skillfully, with humility and awe.

Sara Wenger Shenk offers prayers for mercy, peace and courage following the violence in Charlottesville.

What are the hard things we can and must do to rebuild community and rally around shared mission?

Every risk we take on behalf of God’s reconciling mission in the world, we take in the power and joy of Jesus’ resurrection.

President Sara Wenger Shenk reflects on sources of beauty that provide “a fragment of sturdy ground to stand on” in the uproar of these days.

In his guest post, Safwat Marzouk, PhD, associate professor of Old Testament, encourages us to remember our stories of migration and invasion in order to cultivate empathy for others.

What is the kind of "storm-worthy moral canopy" that can help faith communities to wrestle well with what matters?

A cold and broken hallelujah

November 15, 2016

Perhaps all we can manage today is a cold and broken hallelujah. But tomorrow we must unite as a church worth its salt.

A reflection on Isaiah 40 in a time when comfort seems in short supply.

Please note: This reflection references an incident of sexual abuse. "But I've seen him do so much good." It was heartbreaking when I came across this line in an ac...

When I called my parents on their 72nd wedding anniversary in early July, mother told me dad had brought her a bouquet from his garden. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

Leading with moral authority takes uncommon courage in these fractious times. Who has the audacity to move out onto that vulnerable edge? Who has the integrity, love and theolog...

Truth be told, I assiduously avoid watching or listening to the leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination. When family members turned on the TV to watch the f...

A Call to Arms

December 10, 2015

It is time for a call to arms. No, not the kind you think. Not the kind that has a Christian college president calling on students to arm themselves to “end those Musli...

In late September, many of us were enthralled by a rare celestial display: a super moon in total eclipse, also known as a blood moon because of its reddish glow—clearly a ...

Worthy is the Lamb

October 1, 2015

I awoke this morning, longing for leaders with vision that transcend our debilitating, small-minded fractiousness. And thankful for those who do! Ancient mythic images emerge...

Contrary to popular opinion, theology—pondering the relationship between created beings and God, between science and the wisdom of tradition—isn’t boring or po...

Written Saturday July 25, 2015 Anger doesn’t need to be bottled up, avoided, denied. According to my mother, and the apostle Paul, being angry with good reason is in or...

I find great joy in featuring AMBS’s young, smart, spirited and faith-filled faculty on Practicing Reconciliation. Here is a post by Dr. Jamie Pitts, assistant professor o...

(a 40th anniversary tribute to Gerald) It’s one of my husband’s favorite lines: “With my body I thee worship.” It may seem unseemly to mention it here...

by David B. Miller I am pleased to post “Living into the Tension…” by Dr. David B. Miller about “the woman caught in adultery.” Miller, who is ...

I am pleased to post this heart-wrenching lament (first shared as a chapel sermon) from Dr. Safwat Marzouk, AMBS assistant professor of Old Testament. He decries the ISIS slaugh...

For my blog post this Holy Week, I’ve chosen to share the text of the short sermon I preached at the conclusion of the service of Lament, Confession and Commitment at AMBS...

Praying with Jesus for Unity

February 24, 2015

I am delighted to post this thoughtful reflection by Mennonite sages and Anabaptist scholar teachers par excellence, Alan Kreider and Eleanor Kreider. "Praying with Jesus f...

What a bloody mess! Birth.

February 2, 2015

What is the Spirit birthing? I wonder. We don’t know what the baby will look like. We do know that birthing is wracked with pain; that labor is exhausting, sometimes...