Food for Thought: 2017-08-14

Posted on August 14th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:Here’s a quick quiz for you to take re: White People Discrimination: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/white-people-discrimination-a-quizUpdating tactics on nonviolent direct action: https://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/manual-new-era-direct-action/Over on McSweeney’s a Google Robot writes a manifesto: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/im-a-google-manufacturing-robot-and-...

Food for Thought: 2017-07-31

Posted on July 31st, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:Wikitribune (which you should support!) is discussing how they chose that name "Speaking truth to power, representing the voice of the people, and driving out darkness by shining a light on the truth. A free press is the tribune of the people." https://medium.com/@wikitribune/why-are-we-called-wikitribune-dc53ae7802cdCourt affirms right to record law enforcement officers: http...

Mennonite Future Church Summit Results

Posted on July 23rd, 2017

The Mennonite Church USA engaged in a “Future Church Summit" as part of the national convention. This was a great activity, and the theme reports (combined together at the end of this post) received a high confidence vote by the delegates (see: https://twitter.com/toddgrotenhuis/status/883677101995544576). The delegate body also voted to affirm the following: This is a much weaker version of the original resolution, but as has happened in past conventions, the moderator rushed movement on t...

Food for Thought: 2017-07-03

Posted on July 3rd, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:Really sad: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/fox59/2017/06/27/disability-advocate-injured-during-health-care-sit-sen-youngs-office/430752001/I was really challenged these Plough articles that challenge the value of Curiosity: http://www.plough.com/en/topics/faith/discipleship/saving-silence and http://www.plough.com/en/topics/community/education/giving-god-our-attention. Quo...

Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017

Posted on July 3rd, 2017

It’s almost time! This year, I am a delegate representing Indiana Michigan Conference. You can find information, including our only resolution at the convention delegate page. To follow or mute updates from this bi-annual event, use #MennoCon17 (twitter, Facebook) on social media and the #MCUSA tag on this blog. I’ll try to do daily updates on Delegate session activity, including the vote on the "Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine" resolution and the Future Church Summit. Any questions...

Food for Thought: 2017-06-25

Posted on June 26th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:How to preserve land from development? Collectively buy it! (this would be even better if the DNR wasn’t one of the buyers): http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2017/06/23/land-trust-raises-enough-money-preserve-land-overlooking-white-river/423248001/Kevin Carson has a 4-step plan to address “cost disease": https://c4ss.org/content/48039 Quote:Destroying all unnecessary waste o...

Cocktail Experiment: Round 1

Posted on June 25th, 2017

Inspired by a tale of a Bruderhof recipe (see here), I’ve been sampling different scotch & port combinations. The cocktail is simple: 2 parts scotch1 part tawny port This cocktail is a precursor in flavor to the now-common technique of aging scotch in ruby port barrels or sherry casks. Many of those finished scotches can be very pricey, so one advantage of this cocktail is you can make a very affordable version, if you wish. To test that idea, I asked my wife to help me with a blind taste t...

Food for Thought: 2017-06-12

Posted on June 6th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:Experimental Theology suggests the rainbow is theodicy: https://experimentaltheology.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-rainbow-as-theodicy.htmlSMBC asks “Do you think we should acknowledge the difference between ‘should’ and ‘can’?": https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/pressPictures of awesome Australian spiders: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2017/jun/06/close-encounter...

Food for Thought: 2017-06-05

Posted on May 31st, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:The Intercept reminds us that war is hideous, and Memorial Day tries to make us feel better about it: https://theintercept.com/2017/05/29/we-need-memorial-day-to-obscure-the-unbearable-truth-about-war/Cory Doctorow advertises for his latest book, but also talks about how technology can both aid and combat inequality: https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/may/31/technolog...

Food for Thought: 2017-05-29

Posted on May 23rd, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:One step closer to duress modes for software: 1Password introduces travel mode: https://blog.agilebits.com/2017/05/18/introducing-travel-mode-protect-your-data-when-crossing-borders/Susan J. Fowler takes on workplace discrimination in tech companies from an unusual-but-critically-important angle: https://www.susanjfowler.com/blog/2017/5/20/five-things-tech-companies-can-do-bet...

Todd Grotenhuis

Professionally an Information Security Specialist, Politically an Abolitionist, Theologically an Anabaptist