‘Building the beloved community’

Is focus of next week’s 31st annual Mennonite Bible Study Series



Featured speaker at the 31st annual Mennonite Bible Series, Anton Flores-Maisonet, from the Alterna Community in LaGrange, Georgia will focus his sessions on “Building the Beloved Community.” The three days of sessions, all held at Bethel Mennonite Church, located at 301 Ninth Street North in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, will be held Sunday, January 17; Monday, January 18 and Tuesday, January 19. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Session topics are as follows:

+ Sunday, January 17, 10:30 a.m. – “The Drum Major Instinct Revisited” (a modern retelling of a classic Martin Luther King Jr. sermon taken from Matthew 10:35-44).

+ Sunday, January 17, 6:30 p.m. – “Love Crosses Borders: Stores from Alterna and Our Lives With Immigrants.”

+ Monday, January 18, 9:30 a.m. – “The Church as Beloved Community (Parts 1 and 2),” taken from Genesis 1-2.

+ Monday, January 18, 6:30 p.m. – “The Church as Beloved Community (Part 3),” taken from Genesis 1-2.

+ Tuesday, January 19, 9:30 a.m. – “The Barefoot Journey: Beloved Community and the God of Justice (Parts 1 and 2),” taken from Exodus 1-3.

+ Tuesday, January 19, 6:30 p.m. – “The Barefoot Journey: Beloved Community and the God of Justice (Part 3),” taken from Exodus 1-3.

Anton Flores-Maisonet is a leader in connecting the church with the immigrants rights movement. Anton, his wife, Charlotte, and their two sons live in Georgia and are co-founders of Alterna, a bilingual Anabaptist community devoted to faithful acts of hospitality, mercy and justice.

Alterna has been named Organization of the Year by Mundo Hispanico, the Spanish language newspaper of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, primarily for Flores-Maisonet’s tireless advocacy on behalf of immigrants detained at Stewart Detention Center.

Flores-Maisonet is actively involved in ministries connected to Mennonite Church USA (MCUSA). He serves as co-chair of the Beloved Community council of DOOR, a mission agency affiliated with Mennonite Mission Network. He also services on MCUSA’s Interchurch Relations Reference Group.

Flores-Maisonet is a published writer, with essays in the Seasoned with Peace series and a chapter in the book, Widening the Circle.

He has many hobbies and passions, including playing table games, running, sinking karaoke and traveling.

This series is sponsored by First Mennonite Church and Bethel Mennonite Church, both of Mountain Lake. For answers to questions, contact the Bethel church office at 507-427-3075.


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