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Becoming Strong, Loving, and Wise

12/21/2017 By: Steve Thomas

Becoming Strong, Loving, and Wise

Camp Deerpark, New York (November 3-5, 2017)

Men gathered for a weekend Mennonite Men retreat at Camp Deerpark in New York on Healthy Masculinity: Becoming Strong, Loving and Wise.


We asked, What does it mean to be a man? How are we pressed into a "man box" in our culture? And how does this impact women, children and us as men?

We examined toxic masculinity of men being invulnerable, acting tough and dominating others and how this affects us all in our communities. Then we considered healthy masculinity that God intends for us.

We engaged this critical issue in challenging conversations, interactive exercises and table fellowship.

Coming together across cultures, we embraced who we are as beloved sons of God called to follow Jesus and become strong, loving and wise with God’s Spirit.

Leaving the retreat, we returned to our communities in New York seeking to be the mature men God’s calls us to be as we extend God’s love and peace in the world.




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