Katie Funk Wiebe Research Grant - Rachel Twigg Boyce - June 23, 2015
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Katie Funk Wiebe Research Grant
to Rachel Twigg Boyce
Winnipeg, Manitoba - The Katie Funk Wiebe Research Grant was given to Rachel Twigg Boyce, pastor of House Blend Ministries in Winnipeg, by the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission. This presentation was made at the annual general meeting of the denomination, which was held in Fresno, California June 12-13, 2015.
Twigg Boyce's project is about her church, and their particular experiences with women in leadership. She feels there is much for other churches to learn from their experiments and their ways of living as an intentional Christian community in a city setting.
This pastor of seven years said, "I plan to write a comprehensive version of the House Blend story to be used in-house in our community. This would include the story of our development with direct reference and reflection on the work of others that have influenced us. This is a project I have been chipping away at for a number of years but the busyness of the creation of this ministry has not allowed for the focused time this project truly requires.” Later she wants to publish the House Blend Story, making it available for others who desire to set up other intentional Christian communities.
Don Isaac, Commission Chairman said, "Rachel’s research will encourage us to pay attention to the different ways that men and women live out God’s mission in our cities. It honors the path Katie Funk Wiebe has taken in reminding us of the gifts both men and women can bring to the church.”
The Katie Funk Wiebe Fund is a research grant of $2,000.
Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission, also released, at the annual meeting, Katie Funk Wiebe's memoir of her father's life. The book, called, My Emigrant Father: Jacob J. Funk, 1896-1986, is about struggles against regimes that were oppressive, a deepening faith, and an analysis of the behaviours of church leaders in both Russia and Canada, as her father saw them. Katie's own discernment comes through as she spots injustices, and challenges oppressive structures. She is a strong advocate for those on the margins.
This book is reviewed by Jake Buhler in the next issue of the Saskatchewan Menonnite Historian, due to come out in September.
Information from a news release by Jon Isaak, Executive Secretary of the Commission - June 23, 2015