Mennonites and Muggles

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

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

A Funny thing happened on the way to the Thrift Store

Not really. Nothing all that funny actually happens on the way to the Thrift Store. Sometimes something mildly amusing might happen and then the little anecdote could be woven into an edifying sermon, but never anything rip-roaring funny. Mennonites do not fall over laughing in the aisles on a Sunday morning. That isn’t to say … More A Funny thing happened on the way to the Thrift Store

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