My name is Will Fitzgerald, and I am not very young (anyone with an AARP card is clearly past prime), so I won’t post beyond this one time. But I’m Mennonite enough, and maybe just radical enough, to have enjoyed YAR for a while.
Recently, my wife and I, our daughter (14, definitely a YA, and we’re working on her R’ness) and another person started a house church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, associated with the Mennonite Church, although we are by no means a typical ‘church plant.’ You can read a bit about our church at kmenno.org. It’s not unreasonable to think of this as an ’emerging church.’
I’ve also been writing, as a spiritual discipline, a short online commentary on the Third Way daily Sip of Scripture for about a year. Soon, though (around the end of the month) I’m going to move from writing this daily to less often–maybe once or twice a week. The site is called “a simple desire,” and I’m co-writing it currently with John Thomas, from Maine. A third person, Carole Boshart, from Washington state, will be joining us at the end of the month.
The reason I’m writing is that I wondered if any of the YAR contributors would like to join up as fellow-commentators on a simple desire. This would involve writing a post once or twice a week on one of the Sip of Scripture passages for the week. The theme for this year is the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective, so the passages range over good ground: the nature of God, the church, peace, baptism, discipleship, and so on. You can read the Confession online to see; essentially we cycle through the 24 topics, one verse a day. I wouldn’t want to place any particular editorial control over what you say. It’s a group effort, like YAR.
If this sounds intriguing to you, and you’re interested or have further questions, please contact me at will =dot= fiitzgerald =at= pobox =dot= com, with the usual conversions to get a regular email address, or just write email@example.com. I’d be glad to answer questions in the comments here, as well.
We pay twice what you get at YAR, by the way :)