I cried a bit as I pondered the significance of February dates in my long life. February is my daughter’s birth month. I remember my first glimpse of her tiny screwed up mouth as she anticipated her first nurturing from her beautiful mother.
In another February our family traveled to Florida from Pennsylvania which was to be our home for 56 years. This February, 2015, is snowy, and February snow on this my 88th year has caused me to stop driving my car for the season.
Other drivers have volunteered for me: John Lederach when possible takes me where ever I want to go. My Joy’s sister Pauline and her husband Harlin Hochstetler took My Joy and me through snowy roads to a Goshen College Faculty Recital by Scott Hochstetler, baritone; Rebecca Dengler Kaufman, mezzo soprano; Christine Larson Seitz, piano. (Scott is Pauline’s son and My Joy’s nephew.) Owen Hess, retired anesthesiologist, took me to the men’s fellowship committee meeting following the fellowship on Wednesday noon. My Joy took me to the game group on Friday afternoon. She made me a scrumptious evening meal. We read from my kindle till I called Eldon to take me home.
The Men’s Fellowship featured Maestro Nayo A. Ulloa who is assistant professor of Spanish and Latino SST Studies at Goshen College. Nayo performs, teaches and composes Latin American Music. Nayo Music provides services on Latin American music for special events, corporate parties, weddings, etc. Ulloa also offers a newly created program “musica para chiquitos” an all musical program in Spanish for kindergarten age children.
Ulloa is descended of the natives of Peru. He told us he doesn’t know where he is “from” except that his people were at home in Peru since 18,000 BC, well before any land was known as America. He introduced us to the cultures now living in the Carribean, Central America, and in the South American continent.
While Ulloa spoke, my daughter Rachel and the Mission Network staff was enjoying an intercultural pot-luck meal at Mission Network headquarters. As I listened to Ulloa I understood something of the maze of cultures confronting the Jesus mission of the church.
It seems to me that the mission of the Mennonite Church became more complex very recently when a new Mennonite group formed at Hartville, Ohio. The new group intends to offer congregations an alternative to Mennonite ChurchUSA, yet it denies that it will be a splinter group.
These days I am reading Greg Boyd’s book: “Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the idol of Certainty”. With it I am pondering the five points he presented in his lecture. The first point as I understood him was:
1. We should be certain of a faith that is mixed with enough doubt to allow conversation among all those who believe.
If this were a Mennonite practice, would unity prevail among us? I invite your response on the usefulness of this first point.