Various Thoughts on a Thursday

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : November 16, 2006

The Twin Cities Emergent Cohort met today…it was a lot of fun. I may be all angsty about Emergent as an organization sometimes, but I enjoy the conversation and the people. We had about a dozen first timers today. I think the move to a lunch meeting and the relocation at Acadia has helped.
Before the meeting I met with Doug Pagitt to talk about adoption. He’s adopted siblings, and Amy and I are planning to do the same. I feel confirmed and encouraged in our decision to adopt siblings from the Hennepin County foster system. I wish every Christian couple would assume that they OUGHT to adopt, instead of seeing it as what you do when you can’t have biological children.
Tonight I’m sharing at the U of M East Bank IV chapter. It is their outreach night, where they invite friends to listen to someone share their journey. Tonight I’m that someone.

I brought some good friends to the airport yesterday, and I must say that I’m enjoying the use of their car. I’m definitely happy about being a car-less couple, but it is nifty traveling at will–for this week I am no longer a slave to the transit system. I can honestly say, however, that I’m surprised by how little I miss the use of a car. It is fun to have use of one, but Amy and I are hoping to never go back.

We are renting a car next week, though. We’re driving up to visit family for the holiday. Along the way, we’re going to visit our friend Michael who is serving time at a correctional facility.

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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