News release from Menno Media :: July 23, 2014
HARRISONBURG, Va., and KITCHENER, Ont.— How can women support each other with compassion? How can women be present with each other when making life transitions?
Terri J. Plank Brenneman, PhD, takes a look at these and other scenarios in the latest women’s Bible study guide, Practicing Presence. Jointly commissioned by Mennonite Women Canada and Mennonite Women USA, the Bible study guides are written annually and provide solid resourcing for women’s groups, retreats, and inspirational readings.
As a companion piece to the Sister Care seminar materials, Practicing Presence examines Scripture and its meaning alongside present-day realities, to encourage women to be a companioning presence with each other. Biblical characters provide illustration and are examined to learn how women can best show care, concern, and presence. Twelve sessions highlight topics such as the creation story of God as a loving creator, loving God and others as ourselves, Jesus and Mary grieving when Lazarus died, and Ruth being present with Naomi during a transition to a new homeland, among others. A 13th session is designed as a worship service. Order from MW USA for $8.99 USD
Brenneman is a clinical psychologist residing in Goshen, Indiana. She is the writer of a previous women’s Bible study guide, Wonderfully Made: Women, Faith, and Self-Care. In addition to her private practice, Brenneman is also a retreat speaker, writer, worship leader, wife, and co-parent.