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
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
Some think it ironic that the region with the largest concentration of Mennonites in Canada east of Winnipeg is also a booming centre of Canada’s high tech industry. Some find it insulting that this is ever considered ironic. Those who find it ironic think of Mennonites as averse to technology. When they think of Waterloo … More Rage against the Machines. Or Not.
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