Blog: Courage and Humility: Explorations

Posts about courage, mostly the quiet kind.

Is Gratitude an Anabaptist thing, or did I mess up?

By Greta Holt | September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

  My church is studying gratitude, and I’m not comfortable. I’ve not been sure that gratitude is an Anabaptist thing. The early martyrs suffered for their beliefs. They refused to fight back physically because Jesus had not done so. Thus, torturers and interrogators had their way with them, but many Täufer and Täuferin remained loyal to a freer,…

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Courage, humility, and reconciliation

By Greta Holt | September 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Recently, the Anabaptist Collective‘s Facebook group asked members to share topics of interest. The issue that received the most support was ‘Discussions of classic Mennonite-Anabaptist values — which ones are critical and how well are we keeping them?’ As we look forward to a time of visioning, my church has been studying just that. Bulletin…

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Courage, humility, and Ironman

By Greta Holt | August 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Not that Ironman, a real one. The kind that swims, bikes, and runs to victory. We end our month of inspirational pieces and sermons by congregants with a guest post by my niece Gretchen Liechty Lynch. She is that Ironman. Years ago, she made a commitment to running that continues to this day. A music teacher,…

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Courage, humility, and Sylvester & Tweety Bird

By Greta Holt | August 23, 2018 | 2 Comments

  We continue this month’s celebration of inspirational pieces and sermons by congregants. The post below is by Scott Troyer, a Mennonite congregant and blogger at: The Divine Pull: Moving Toward Justice. Scott and his wife Allison, graduates of Bluffton University in Ohio, have generously given of their time and talents to the youth at…

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Sacrifice or Fulfillment

By Greta Holt | August 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

  We continue our month of inspirational pieces and sermons by congregants. Addie Liechty is my niece, and hers is the featured image—red and green leaves—of my blog. Addie’s blog is: You can view her biography below. ____________ Reflection: told by Addie Liechty at First Mennonite Church, San Francisco, 1/19/2014 Photo by Joseph Barrientos on…

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Strangers no more

By Greta Holt | August 9, 2018 | 2 Comments

This month, we’ll look at some sermons and inspirational pieces. As Mennonite congregants, we take a try at preaching once in a while. It gives our pastors a week to breathe and catch up on all the others things the job requires, and it is enjoyable to hear each other’s voices. The following is a ‘sermon’…

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Courage, humility, and the Mennonite Arts Weekend

By Greta Holt | August 2, 2018 | 6 Comments

____________   There is a little, urban church in southwestern Ohio that creates a magical thing every even-numbered year. The Mennonite Arts Weekend takes place in Cincinnati, and the year 2020 will see MAW’s fifteenth gathering of Mennonite visual, musical, and prose/poetry artists. Even though the church is graced by commissioned artwork from MAW artists,…

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Courage, humility, and writing

By Greta Holt | July 18, 2018 | 7 Comments

As I stated in the introduction to my website, the book that saved my grade school life was Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry. The young Mafatu’s journey gave me hope. He dug deep, found the courage to survive, and gained confidence. A little of that rubbed off on me when I needed it, and…

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Courage, humility, and the visual artist

By Greta Holt | July 11, 2018 | 6 Comments

This month, we will examine courage, humility, and creativity. This week, let’s take a look at how these characteristics affect the journey of a painter. My sister-in-law, Melinda Harleman, is a visual artist in the Washington, D.C. area. She is talented, articulate, and yet unassuming—in the terms of my blog, she is  humble. Courage, she says,…

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Pacifism and the Soldier–Part 4

By Greta Holt | June 25, 2018 | 2 Comments

Warriors for Peace This month, we have looked at pacifism, soldiers, and conscientious objectors. Hopefully, the posts have honored everyone’s service to society, with a sense of feet-on-the-ground reality. I’d like to finish this contemplation by naming organizations that work for peace. The second post I did for this blog (3/15/18) began with remembering Michael J.…

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