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posted 7 Aug 2019, 22:04 by June Miller, MCA Communications   [ updated 7 Aug 2019, 22:10 ]


by June Miller

Filtered by natural light, the room vibrated with the rhythm of the music as instruments and voices merged. 119 youth and sponsors filled the space with excitement and expectation, ready to be shaken.  A year of planning culminated to this moment in time. Kirsten Hamm-Epp (MC Saskatchewan) and Kathy Giesbrecht (MC Manitoba) led the planning team. The worship services were woven together like an artisan weaves a basket. Every strand unique yet together creating a masterpiece. The presence of God was in the house.  

More than a youth event, Shake: Rattled by the Radical, held at MC Sask’s Shekinah Retreat Centre from July 28 – August 1, was an encounter with God. Morning and evening worship framed the days. Moses Falco, pastor of Sterling Mennonite in Manitoba, shared each morning about the prophet Jeremiah who warned the people to turn around, to stay away from the metaphorical cliff. The prophet was calling God’s people back to the ancient path of God’s wisdom and shalom – where the good way lies. Following daily themes, shalom needs to be restored with Creator and creation, with relationships and reconciliation, and with being hol(e)y and healthy.  

A highlight for many included a visit to Stoney Knoll, treaty 6 territory. The land, originally given to the Young Chippewayan band was sold unwittingly to Mennonites and Lutherans. Now the three groups work together to seek restitution for the Young Chippewayans.