Five Things

Read up on what’s interesting this week. Our 5 things columnists offer their perspectives on current events, what’s inspiring them, and what is worth paying attention to right now.

Andrea De Avila

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Andrea De Avila is an ordained minister with a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Canadian Mennonite University. Originally from Tamaulipas, Mexico, she spends her time in Canada, the USA and her native land.

Alisha and Josh Garber

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Alisha and Josh Garber are in a season of discernment. After over a decade of mission work in Europe, they are prayerfully awaiting the continuation of this service in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Currently, Josh is the Website Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Alisha is a student of the AMBS Journey Program and accompanies faith communities in project management and community development. Along with their son Asher, they attend Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Arizona.

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Ben Tapper

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Ben Tapper is the host of the Invisible Truths podcast and the co-founder of the Kindred Collective which is an organization designed to address racial equity through consulting and healing dialogue programs. He has a bachelor of arts in political science from Manchester University, a master of public affairs from Indiana University and a master of divinity from Christian Theological Seminary.

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Jennie Wintermote

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Jennie Wintermote splits her day-time hours between the Western District Conference Resource Library in North Newton, Kansas and Anabaptist World. In her evening hours she loves caring for her family and supporting women impacted by betrayal trauma. She is a member of First Mennonite Church in Newton, Kansas.

David and Leann Augsburger

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David and Leann Augsburger are two semiretired people (CA school psychologist, Fuller Seminary professor) who co-lead a home-based church (Peace Mennonite Church,Claremont, California) and volunteer to welcome, care and connect people in the San Gabriel valley.