Somewhere around two weeks ago, Canadian and Mennonite politics collided when Mennonite politician Jane Philpott resigned from her cabinet position. And Mennonites around the country stood up and cheered. Even The Canadian Mennonite, not known for its coverage of late-breaking national news, paused from its regular programming of pre-Lenten spiritual exhortations to hop on Twitter … More God Loves a Cheerful Quitter
This is it, folks. Time for the Mennonites of Ontario to flex our political clout. Just like the Amish PAC did down south in Pennsylvania. Except not like that at all. Ok – there are a few similarities to the 2016 US Presidential elections. Apart from the obvious comparisons between the Tory leader here and … More The Drunken Mennonite Gets Political
I have noticed a sad lack of Mennonite representation in dystopian literature and cinema. Apart from a couple of cameos in the zombie apocalypse genre, we actually seem to be entirely absent from the world’s terrifying visions of the future. Perhaps the dystopian thinkers imagine that we’ll all just die off in a plague or … More The HandMenno’s Tale
Imagine this: it’s 1941 and a Mennonite farm worker is sitting by his shortwave radio in Canada listening in rapt attention to the news coming out of Nazi Germany, contemplating immigration. Cut to Eastern Europe at approximately the same time, and see Heinrich Himmler touring the land of that farm worker’s youth and cooking up … More Was Opa a Nazi?
The road to hell is paved by hard-working Mennonites. I grew up without a lot of proverbs in my family. I think this was because I was part of generation sandwiched between languages – my parents grew up with Low German proverbs that didn’t translate well to English, but spoke to me in English and … More The Road to Hell
This post was first published in April, 2015. I have made some minor edits, but otherwise kept it the same. For years – centuries, really – Mennonite women have been doubly silenced. Once by a broad patriarchal society that shut down all women’s voices and then additionally by a religious culture that reinforced that message. … More Courage, Faith and Selective Memory
(Or How I learned to stop worrying and love the potluck) One of the first indicators that I would have a rocky relationship with the Mennonite Church was surely my early abhorrence of the venerable institution known as the Church potluck. While most of the well-adjusted Mennonite adults of my acquaintance have fond memories of … More Dr. Strangefoods
An earlier version of this post was one of the first blog posts I wrote back in October 2014. I’ve edited it and focused the writing a bit but the cocktail and general gist are the same. The original is still available for your reading pleasure here. Like many non-Mennos out there, my first mixed … More The Taste of Adolescent Rebellion
According to my mostly-Mennonite twitter feed, the best thing about the October 14th Blue Jays/Texas Rangers game was that it did not result in a riot. Mennonite baseball fans all across Canada were wringing their hands earlier in the game when things weren’t looking so good. Though I was working late that night, my Menno … More Remember that time when we didn’t riot?
This post first published on the old site on Oct. 1, 2015. I ask you, doesn’t that title just scream TV sitcom? Like the freaky love child of Yes, Minister and Breaking Amish. Maybe someday. Today, let’s talk politics. Here in Canada, the news is all about the upcoming federal election. For my non-Canadian readers (yes, both … More The Mennos of Parliament