I have never been a member of a Mennonite Credit Union.* When I lived close enough for it to make sense, I wasn’t eligible. Once I was eligible, it was no longer convenient. I was once a member of a community credit union but that was years ago and far away. Never having been a … More Don’t Bank On It.
This post was originally published in January 2015. What better time than the dead of winter to break open one of our great works of Mennonite literature and thank God that you never had to spend any time in the community being portrayed there? As a tribute to our august Mennonite authors, I am beginning … More Menno lit for the Menno lush
This post was first published in January 2015. Shortly after all the glitz and the gemeinshaft of Christmas, we enter into AGM season. We usually do that a bit before Lent as if in a perverse recasting of the Carnevalesque, not a world turned topsy turvy in disorder and subversion, but as a world of … More Imagining the AGM as a Cocktail Party
With Valentine’s Day upon us again, our thoughts turn again to romance, flirtation and all the complications of commitment. Commitment to the Church, of course. Let’s face it. Most of us would prefer to just flirt with the Church and hook up every now and then. We like the Church well enough and often enjoy … More The Church is a Needy Lover
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
Don’t you sometimes miss the good old schisms of yore? No, probably not. Most Mennonites are deeply embarrassed by our history of coming apart at the seams. We generally don’t like to talk about it and, when we do, we treat it as a regrettable vestige of past foolishness. But, phooey on that. I say … More In Praise of Older Schisms
This post was originally posted in May, 2015 on the old site. There’s a book that I used to read to my kids that’s called the Quiltmaker’s Gift. It tells the story of a magical old woman who made beautiful quilts (all by herself) and gave them to the poor. “ ‘I give my quilts … More The Quiltmaker’s Guilt
This post was previously published on the old site in January 2015. If you know other Mennonites, you might have heard that before. In every relationship/acquaintanceship, with a Mennonite, there will come a time when it is necessary to have “the talk.” I believe, dear reader, that we have come to that time. If you’ve … More Not That Kind of Mennonite
I hesitate to tell people I’m Mennonite because of the pause and obvious cognitive dissonance that follows. Not always. If I’m anywhere close to Winnipeg at the time, it’s not a problem. The Mennonites around there tend to look like me. And elsewhere, there are always lots of people who have never heard of Mennonites. … More Who you calling Assimilated?
I like to think that Mennonites are ideally suited to the twenty-first century because, well, we never really believed in privacy in the first place. Which isn’t exactly true. I’ve known all my life that the Old Order Mennonites weren’t all that keen on people from outside of their community popping up to photograph them. … More Check your Privacy Settings