Depictions of God have always informed the faith of Christian believers. Colin McCartney’s new book, Let the Light In: Healing from Distorted Images of God (Herald Press), on the other hand, is inspired by conversations with young adults who have left the church due to
negative perceptions of God and experiences with the church. However, he says he observes a hopeful trend in their responses: “Many young adults are leaving the church, but they are not leaving Jesus.”

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In 2014, five years after Warden Woods Mennonite Church in Toronto closed, a new congregation began to form in the Warden Woods community. Led by Jordan Thoms, the Warden Underground is focused on 15-to 30-year-olds. This is an age group which seems to be missed by the Warden Woods Community Centre programs, an age group whose opportunities for entering a criminal life are great, according to Thoms. And he should know, he grew up in the community.

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After more than 30 years of working with young people on the margins of society in Toronto, Judith and Colin McCartney are now ministering under the auspices of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada.

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