Super-van Returns

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : June 29, 2006

Amy and I got back yesterday from new staff training with InterVarsity. We’ve been gone for 10 days, so I haven’t blogged in a while.

I was cynical about the training–not looking forward to it at all. I was especially loathing the fund raising part. But I find myself glad that I went and even more happy to be a part of InterVarsity.

InterVarsity reflects a more british approach to evangelicalism–which I find much more appealing than American evangelicalism (IV started out of the UK, coming to America in the 1940s). It has had a proactive stance on justice and diversity since its begining, being much more prophetic and proactive than the larger Church for sure, though not as proactive as many within InterVarsity would have liked. All in all, I find that Missio Dei has a lot in common with InterVarsity, and our partnership on the West Bank to embody and proclaim the Gospel will be a good one.

The Missio Dei Campus Cooperative (that is what we are calling this joint venture) will begin to gather a “core” this fall. We won’t really get going on stuff towards the latter half of the coming school year. However, we are currently looking for volunteer staff (and/or PT staff) who care about the University of Minnesota West Bank Campus to help us imagine and plan for the coming year. Obviously, it would help if such folks wanted to be involved with Missio Dei as well, but that isn’t a requirement. If you are interested, or know of potentially interested folks, zap me an email: mark [at]

By the way, I saw Superman Returns a few days ago in Madison, Wisconsin (where the InterVarsity training took place). It was better that I expected. Brandon Routh did a good job pretending to be Christopher Reeves pretending to be Superman. Kate Bosworth, as has been pointed out repeatedly, sucked.

Mark Van Steenwyk is the editor of He is a Mennonite pastor (Missio Dei in Minneapolis), writer, speaker, and grassroots educator. He lives in South Minneapolis with his wife (Amy), son (Jonas) and some of their friends.

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