Welcome to Faith, Art, and Tiny Houses with Carmen Shenk. This is a documentary journey of becoming a woman of the cloth. I weave and mend with yarn, words, and prophetic prayers. Join me for Season 2, and my new series "Woman of the Cloth" released each Friday at 10 am.
Weaving my Mennonite Story
This week I learned a great deal more about my own Anabaptist and Mennonite heritage. Hans Herr was my 8th great grandfather. This is first in a two part series on the nature of being a modern Mennonite.
Courage in a Culture of Disapproval
Can the church find a more perfect union with her women?
When you've been bullied...
Join me as I pray through some childhood bullying experiences that have surfaced due to current events. This double length episode is a master class in praying through childhood trauma from bullying. This process is intensely private, but if you've never experienced this kind of prayer, this may help you get a feel for how it works. Plus, you can pray your own prayers right along with me as a virtual prayer partner. I Holy Spirit leads us through the process to the joy of healing on the other side.
God of Possibility and Potantial
Many of us have heard that phrase "Sinners in the hands of an angry God" and it can be scary to think of God that way, and it can lead to living under shame and self loathing. Well, what if we changed the channel? The story of Gideon shows us that God walks Gideon through his fear into victory, and changes his lived reality from being "the runt of the litter" into the man with a bearing of a prince. That's a transformation that comes out of God seeing the best in us. What a blessing!
Becoming a Woman of the Cloth
I'm explore what it means to me to be a "Woman of the Cloth", and the various ways we find cloth interwoven in the Text as symbols that speak of who God can be for us, and brings me hope, courage, and empowering Presence.
39. When Leaders Disappoint
Lately, we have seen more disappointing behavior from religious and political leaders. I've been thinking about the way Jesus crossed the aisle to speak healing to the Roman Centurion's son. I've been thinking about what leadership is and isn't, and I believe God is calling us higher and blessing us with empowering presence. Change is in the air!