Blog: Courage and Humility: Explorations

Posts about courage, mostly the quiet kind.

Women and Food

By Greta Holt | August 2, 2019 | 4 Comments

The title doesn’t address what you may think, as in the women (like me) who love food too much. It addresses the truth that empowering women to produce and sell food strengthens whole societies. Mennonite Central Committee and the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women say so and have advocated for women for…

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Anabaptism and Liberation Theology

By Greta Holt | June 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Let us begin with the way we will end today. Please take three and a half minutes to view a Mennonite minister, Samual Adams, define Liberation Theology, which intersects at places with early Anabaptist beliefs and actions. Summing up early Anabaptism: According to Stuart Murray/Biblical Interpretation in the Anabaptist Tradition, early Anabaptism followed diverse paths,…

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Anabaptists and Believers’ Baptism

By Greta Holt | May 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Believers’ Baptism: Let us start with a four-minute clip from Paul Eddy and Greg Boyd at Woodland Hills on baptism and citizenship. They state the Anabaptists’ objection to infant baptism succinctly. We remember that Religion and the State were one. Even today, Christian religions argue about baptism: when to baptize and why, and where evidence…

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Anabaptists and the Bible

By Greta Holt | April 14, 2019 | 2 Comments

  Welcome back! This is the first of several posts about the course I took earlier this year. A big thanks to Dr. Loren L. Johns and his AMBS online offering, ‘Understanding Anabaptist Approaches to Scripture: What is Different and Why?’ We students were a varied group from a number of countries and different Christian…

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Suspending until AMBS Course is Finished

By Greta Holt | January 28, 2019 | 4 Comments

Thank you so much for reading my blog! I apologize for not writing yet in the new year. My friends, those of you who have done online courses will hopefully sympathize with my need for Time to Read and Study. Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash After trying to find time to write, while…

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A blessing, an Anabaptist course, a joy, and a little music

By Greta Holt | December 22, 2018 | 4 Comments

Some holiday thoughts, with my thanks for your reading this year: 1. A blessed Christmas and all good wishes from our place of worship to yours! Allison Troyer made our (Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship) beautiful, hanging artwork for the Advent season. Here is what she says about it: ‘The scrap-art weaving created for this Advent season…

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Searching for Anabaptist values

By Greta Holt | November 29, 2018 | 4 Comments

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash Ah, Chicago, our Midwestern metropolis. You are out front again, this time with Lisle’s Northern Seminary’s hiring of Greg Boyd (one of the recently terminated lecturers at Brethren Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary) as an adjunct professor. The Northern Seminary, part of the American Baptist Churches USA, is interested in…

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Ten thoughts before I vote

By Greta Holt | November 2, 2018 | 2 Comments

We will vote. Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash I feel quiet, waiting, don’t you? We have canvassed, displayed our yard signs—and our ‘We’re Glad You’re Our Neighbor’ signs—debated, gossiped, and ignored awful political ads. (All that money poured into overstated commercials that no one believes.) This week, an article shared widely on FB decried being…

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Compromise, Resistance, or Both

By Greta Holt | October 25, 2018 | 9 Comments

As we careen toward November’s elections, we often worry about compromising vs resisting. Bombs are being sent, caravans are marching toward us, and folks are being killed in embassies. Candidates  disrespect each other without restraint. Even though listening and compromising seem key to our progress forward, we cannot forget the 15th Century martyrs who resisted…

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The politics of engagement, religious-style

By Greta Holt | October 11, 2018 | 4 Comments

A few months ago, my husband and I were visiting relatives in the Washington, D.C. area. We were able to read hard copies of the Washington Post. It is always a treat holding those big pages at breakfasts and ‘solving’ the problems of the world with good friends. (We get the online version only now,…

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