Griping over the Grape

My congregation has recently switched from wine to grape juice for communion. That’s right — something like 200 years after the temperance movement started urging Churches around North America to spurn the fermented grape, and 85 years after prohibition ended, the Church I attend finally decided to hop on that particular outmoded band wagon. To … More Griping over the Grape

Death of a Mennonite

Every spring a few people pop over to my Mennonite weddings post no doubt hoping to find advice on what to wear and what to expect at some Mennonite wedding they’ll be attending. It’s too bad, really, that weddings are their first impression of us. We’re actually much better at funerals. This isn’t because we … More Death of a Mennonite

Acting Normal

Show of hands – who here remembers 1999? What a year it was. I remember it. I was living in Toronto – as I am now – and was busy trying to be a Mennonite SuperMom. Sort of.  I was still on hiatus from the Mennonite Church but baked zwieback from time to time. I … More Acting Normal

Menno March Madness

I don’t know a lot of Mennonites who enthusiastically follow college basketball. That could be because of my bias towards Canadian Mennonites. But I suspect that a lot of Mennonites just disapprove of the frivolity of grown-ups sitting around and obsessing about a bunch of college kids running up and down a basketball court. Not … More Menno March Madness

Bechtel panel: Making Schputt of Mennonites on the Internet

Yesterday I participated in the Bechtel Panel at Conrad Grebel University College on Mennonites in the Media. The organizers asked us to talk about what it is like to be a creator of Mennonite content on the media today, to comment on our audience and challenges etc. Several of the other participants followed their instructions … More Bechtel panel: Making Schputt of Mennonites on the Internet

Quiz: Are You a Disaffected Mennonite?

Last week, the esteemed Mennonite satire web magazine, The Daily Bonnet,* posted a quiz: How Many of These Typical Mennonite Things Have You Done? Because Mennonites still think of internet quizzes as new and exciting, this quickly soared through the Mennoverse and sent Mennonites and ex-Mennonites around the internet into a tizzy questioning, bragging about, … More Quiz: Are You a Disaffected Mennonite?