Last Saturday, when I was getting revved up for a full day at a fake Mennonite relief sale, I made the mistake of logging on to Twitter. Even before I could see if anyone else was tweeting about MCC or speculating as to when hymn-singing would be allowed again, I saw that the word Amish … More Nope, not us. But thanks for all the love.
I am old enough to remember a time when we Mennonites of North America did not divide ourselves by the bounds created by the nation-state. In those days of yore, Canadian Mennonites met with American Mennonites as if no border stood between us. It was kinda fun. We could imagine we were all transnational and … More Our American Cousins
This post was first published on my old site in September 2015. Which feels like a long time ago. In reposting this, I have added a couple of passing references to Bethel College which readers felt was slighted in the first account. It’s still slighted. Maybe some day I’ll write about my childhood memories of … More The Glittering World of Mennonite Higher Education
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