Blog: Courage and Humility: Explorations

Posts about courage, mostly the quiet kind.

Suspending until AMBS Course is Finished

By Greta Holt | January 28, 2019 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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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Mark Lilla’s The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics

By Greta Holt | October 4, 2018 |

I’m a social progressive, but yesterday for a split second, I considered becoming an unaffiliated voter. (I hear you clearly—in Ohio, it appears that unaffiliated voters can’t vote for candidates, only issues, in the primaries. Do correct me if I’m wrong, please.) My dear husband was out in far neighborhoods canvassing for a brand new liberal…

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The Church and Politics

By Greta Holt | September 27, 2018 |

Photo by Garidy Sanders on Unsplash What is happening to our planet? Are we spinning hopelessly out of control? In these past few years, so many of us have considered politics our main concern: immigration, race, gender equality, the environment, poverty, and jobs. We have written letters, we have marched, and now we are canvassing…

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

By Greta Holt | September 13, 2018 |

  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 |

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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