Akron Mennonite Church hopes to break ground on a four-acre Akron Memory Garden and Nature Preserve, which will incorporate the existing burial ground and repurpose a large lawn to include a nature preserve and education area, walking paths and columbarium.
On a Sunday in November after worship, Alice Tou, a member of one of our Mennonite churches in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, asked to have a word with me. I could see she was worried. Large groups of Muslim neighbors kept arriving at her house, asking her to arrange a meeting with her pastor. They wouldn’t say why they wanted to see me.