In just a few short weeks, Canadians will celebrate their first ever annual Mennonite Heritage Week. And I don’t think any of us are ready. We were all a little stunned and a lot embarrassed earlier this year to see Members of Parliament from across all party lines get up in the House of Commons … More How to Prepare for Mennonite Heritage Week
Once upon a time, a group of Ontario Low-German speaking Mennonites with ties to Mexico broke off from their home Church denomination and decided to start a new sub-sect, calling themselves The Edenthaler Mennonites. All this happens before the action opens in the first episode of CBC’s Pure but it is crucial for all that … More Pure S01E01 and S01E02: Who are these Edenthaler Mennonites?
I first published this post on the old site in June 2015. June is upon us and that means that we are full into wedding season. Not that I get invited to a lot of weddings. Though drunkenness often occurs at weddings — even Mennonite weddings — most people don’t actually seek out drunks when … More My Big Fat Mennonite Wedding
Personally, I’m more of a hat kinda gal than a bonnet one. Not that I have any problems with the Mennonite women out there who choose to wear bonnets and find them spiritually meaningful. I’m not calling for a bonnet ban. I think, you know, that women should wear whatever they want on their heads. It’s … More A Mennonite Hat Trick
I wrote this post last year for Canada Day. I’ve tinkered with the cocktail a bit but have otherwise mostly left it as it was. I am a Mennonite who lives in Canada. Or perhaps I’m a Canadian who is Mennonite. Sometimes our cultural stereotypes get blurred and it’s hard to tell whether I’m being … More Happy Canada Day, Mennonites!
Not everyone knows this, but Mennonites are a lot like Wizards. Just without the magic. It’s been almost two decades since the first Harry Potter book was published and over the course of these years, various Mennonites have heaped both scorn and praise on the franchise. We’ve looked at the values taught through the books … More Mennonites and Muggles
The Mennonite world was not overwhelmingly delighted when Rhoda Janzen’s Mennonite in a Little Black Dress was published in 2009 and began climbing the NYT bestseller list. Mind, I can’t think of anything for which the Mennonite world has ever been overwhelmingly delighted. We tend not to do “overwhelming.” I mean, we were all pretty … More Black Dresses and Blue Jeans
I posted this last spring on the old site. It quickly became my most shared blog post, and not just because I send the link to every teenaged girl on Twitter who complains about an outfit making her “look Mennonite.” About 5 years ago, I was sitting in a restaurant nearby and overheard a man … More Looking Mennonite
There comes a moment in every female Mennonite’s life when she needs to take a stand and decide what it is that she wants to wear. For some women, that decision is around cape dresses or head coverings. For me, it was about blue jeans. Well before considering membership in my local congregation, I was … More On learning how to be not-that-fashionable
This was the first blog post I wrote to get any attention beyond my close friends and immediate family. It was re-posted onto Mennonite World News and was one of its most seen posts for awhile, outstripping those earnest theological ponderings it usually posts by a fair measure. Its popularity surprised me until it occurred … More Top Ten Ways Mennonites are like Hipsters