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Carol Rose - MEDA Convention 2019 - Tucson - Sunday, November 3, 2019 from MEDA on Vimeo.

Text: Esther 4:1-14

Such a time as this...unpredictable tariffs and trade wars, uncertain labor dynamics, high costs for health care…

Such a time as this… Migrants caught at the border, refugees refused entry, unpredictable weather knocking the feet out from under so many…

Esther took great risks to make her place in the royal household. Her plate was quite full with all the considerations and constraints required of one living in proximity to power. When her people came under attack, Mordecai came to her. She was caught tightly between the demands of her two families, faced with a deep considering…


Carol Rose is the Co-Pastor of Shalom Mennonite – a progressive, multi-cultural Anabaptist church in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. Prior to this role, she served as the director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, pastored at other Mennonite churches, and served with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).

While Mennonites are not widely known in Arizona, the Shalom Mennonite congregation has roots dating back to the 1960s, was and was given its name after the merger of Tucson Mennonite Fellowship and Evangel Mennonite in 1987. Over the years, the congregation has focussed on practical ministries to help those in need – providing home repairs, a foodbank, and much more.

Today, the church carries on this tradition of outreach. They have created a welcoming and inclusive community that accepts people just as they are – regardless of age, race, abilities, sexual orientation, gender, nation of origin and preferred style of worship. They advocate for social justice and, after welcoming several families of Congolese refugees to their congregation, have transformed their Sunday worship service. Read about this transformation in an article published on mennoniteusa.org.