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
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?
We are a joke on the internet. A bad joke. “I’m betting Mennonite.” That’s the joke. I see it and variations of it in fits and bursts on Twitter, depending on the news. It’s not just a bad internet joke like a pun’s a bad joke or like so-called “Dad jokes” are bad jokes. It’s … More Mennonites, Muslims and a Bad Internet Joke
When I was eight years old, my older brother was baptized and joined our Mennonite Church. Moved by the ceremony, I went home and baptized the family dog. Mine was a shorter ceremony and I can’t say much about our pooch’s appreciation of the doctrine. But he was happy enough to participate in the rite. … More Dogs or Cats – which are more Mennonite?
A couple weeks ago, while I was wandering about in the Mennonite Twittersphere, I came across a tweet that I didn’t understand. This is unusual – Mennonite twitter is fairly predictable. And insular. We Mennotweeps form a pretty small community. A while ago, one of my twitter followers met a fellow congregant (in real life) … More Me and all the Menno-Tweeps
In this post, published back in May or June of 2015, I imagined that I was giving a graduation speech to young people who were graduating out of their Mennonite lives. I know that it is generally better to wait to be asked for advice before giving it but this is the internet and I … More To the Class of 2015
By now, you have probably been to four or five Christmas gatherings. Maybe you’ve eaten your share of pfeffernuss and are readying yourself for portzelchy. Maybe you’ve already alienated the other Rook players in your family and have strained the goodwill of the Dutch Blitzers. You have almost certainly exhausted all of your polite small … More An Entirely Appropriate Mennonite Party Game
When I married outside of the fold, I discovered something new: turns out a large segment of the Canadian population regularly watches movies around Christmas time. It was like a brand new world opened up in front of me. Despite my liberal upbringing, extensive movie-viewing had never been a major part of the holiday season … More A Mennonite Christmas Movie
With Halloween coming upon us, it is the season again to consider all the various creatures of evil that fill the movie theatres and frighten innocent children everywhere. You know – such frights as vampires, werewolves, zombies, Voldemort-style villains, and, of course, Mennonites. Before seeing that Google searchers like to declare us evil, I would … More Creatures of the (Menno) Night
If you have been reading my blog for awhile or have found another way to become educated in the basics of 21st-century Mennonite life, you should understand by now that Mennonites are not now (and never have been) contained to farms, farmers’ markets or quilting bees. I know this can be an uncomfortable thought. Look … More Approved Mennonite Careers