The Cry Vol 15 No 3.4

Communities aren’t static By Wes Goertzen Why, after all the costly grace that we continually receive and occasionally dole out to build a community, do its members (now our friends) have to leave with such frequency? Should community be thought of in the same way as the fraternity of the United States Marines? Once a “Fleshie” […]

The Cry Vol 15 No 3.5

 Following our friends By Chris People often ask me variations of the same question. It goes something like this: “How can you all continue to see so much suffering and not be overcome by it?” I usually respond with a few comments about how various temperaments make it easier or harder for some of us. […]

The Cry Vol 15 No 3.6

                Dreaming about community By Amy Hupe In some ways, starting a new field feels very much like forming an identity: discovering who we are and what our voice is. Like an individual, a field has relationships that feed it positively, speak life into its identity and help […]

The Cry Vol 15 No 2.1

Humility: The starting point By John Koon Sitting in a meeting in our hotel’s conference room outside of Kathmandu, Nepal, I found myself distracted and disengaged. A wave of anxiety, the afterbirth of the release of that odious phrase “dominant culture,” had crept up and smothered me. These two words, uttered just moments before, were […]

The Cry Vol 15 No 2.2

Becoming a Child By Jeremiah “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes a humble place — becoming like this child — is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3-4). I woke up feeling pretty good about the […]

The Cry Vol 15 No 2.3

Out of These Ashes By Amanda Kniha “All night long on my bed I looked for the one my heart loves; I looked for him but did not find him. I will get up now and go about the city, through its streets and squares; I will search for the one my heart loves” (Song […]

The Cry Vol 15 No 2.5

A Lesson in Giving By Rachel (Simons) Dyachenko Sunday’s three-hour service had left me exhausted. I quickly changed into some baggy sweats and a T-shirt and began looking for something suitable for lunch. The fridge was a disappointment: ketchup, softening carrots and a bottle of soy sauce. My search was interrupted by a knock at […]

The Cry Vol 15 No 2.7

If I knew… By Heather She stands with head hung low in dark corners of dark rooms on dark streets, thinking she belongs there, crushed under the weight of names not hers, violent screams that drown out the Voice that calls her Amada, Rescued, Chosen. She is Beloved, Redeemed, Brought Back, Sought After. She is […]

The Cry Vol 8 No 4

When Hungers Clash By Miroslav Volf His name I have forgotten, but the image of him eating at our table is indelible. Every month on the first Sunday he would make his way from the back country to the city of Novi Sad, where my father was a pastor. A fellow Pentecostal, surrounded by a […]

The Cry Vol 9 No 1

Community: A Place for Healing and Growth for All By Jean Vanier In 1976, we welcomed Claudia into our l’Arche community in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She was seven years old, blind and suffering from severe autism. We found her in a local asylum where she had been abandoned as a child. When she arrived in l’Arche, […]