Never let Motherhood get in the way of a Good Martyrdom

Like any good Mennonite following an Anabaptist tradition, whenever I have doubts as to my decisions as a mother, I just ask myself: What would Anneke Jans Do (WWAJD)? As I have mentioned elsewhere, when Mennonites look for role models, we typically skip past several centuries and settle in on sixteenth-century Europe as the proper … More Never let Motherhood get in the way of a Good Martyrdom

A Taste for Martyrdom

This is the first post I wrote that explores our Anabaptist past. It was first published in November, 2014. Mennonites trace their roots to the Anabaptists of the Sixteenth Century. Bit players in the Protestant Reformation, Anabaptists rejected both the Roman Catholic church and the major reformed churches led by Luther, Zwingli, Calvin and the … More A Taste for Martyrdom

An open letter to Mennonites of Swiss descent

Dear Swiss Mennonites, On behalf of my fellow Russian Mennonites – and especially on behalf of Josiah Neufeld – I would like to apologize for sometimes forgetting about your existence.* Most of us, of course, don’t actually erase you from Canada’s history in a major Canadian newspaper. But still, we all sometimes get so carried … More An open letter to Mennonites of Swiss descent

A Good Old-Fashioned Mennonite Farmer Sausage Party

According to a very good but unverifiable source, when the Mennonite Brethren split from the Kirchliche Mennonite in the Russian Molotschna colony in 1860, they did so at least in part because of sausage. Which, if you have met more than two Mennonites of Russian Mennonite descent, makes sense. We still argue about sausage. Traditionally, … More A Good Old-Fashioned Mennonite Farmer Sausage Party

I have a Confession

Actually, I have a couple of confessions — I have the Schleitheim Confession and the Dordrecht Confession and the most recent Confession of Faith from a Mennonite Perspective that really needs a snazzier title. I am developing a little collection of confessions. They’re not lurid confessions of wrongdoing. At least not at first glance. Only … More I have a Confession

World History from a Mennonite Perspective

This post was published first in February, 2015. Every people has its own way of viewing the past. British punsters recently came up with a world history timeline replete with both puns and anglocentrism; anyone who worked their way through the Canadian school system understands that as of the 20th century, world history became uniquely … More World History from a Mennonite Perspective