White Mennonite static

Aug 3, 2020 by

The Mennonite church has the opportunity to become a dependable partner in the work of dismantling racism. The church as a whole has a record of racism — both overt and covert — that has been attested to...

[read more]

Passive before? Be active now.

Jul 30, 2020 by

My friend and fellow writer Lauren Zimmerman says she’s heard Mennonites express regret for not being more involved in the civil rights movement. That doesn’t surprise me. However, she also said she’s...

[read more]

Still in the lions’ den

Jul 27, 2020 by

If you go to church for 70 years, as I have, some biblical stories get repeated over and over. One is Daniel in the ­lions’ den. To tell the truth, I haven’t read that story for years. Yet, recently, one...

[read more]

On reparations

Jul 24, 2020 by

The prevailing justice system of the United States (and many other countries) understands doing justice in terms of determining innocence or guilt and then applying appropriate punishment. In contrast,...

[read more]

“No space for such people”?

Jul 22, 2020 by

In the last few days I have become aware again that “Mennonites” are a minority in Germany. Hardly anyone knows what Mennonites really believe and how they live, and the diversity that exists among us...

[read more]

There’s always some dude on a horse

Jul 20, 2020 by

During a trip to Portugal, we were strolling around Lisbon when we walked past the statue of a Portuguese general. This military hero from long ago was astride a horse, with reins in one hand and a sword in...

[read more]

Another MWC assembly miracle?

Jul 16, 2020 by

Did you know that a pandemic has preceded three consecutive Mennonite World Conference assemblies in the Global South? For Zimbabwe in 2003, it was SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). For Paraguay in...

[read more]

Resurgence of a global Mennonite far right

Jul 13, 2020 by

In this time of global pandemic and international protests against systemic police brutality, thoughtful ­Anabaptist journalism has become more essential than ever. I am grateful to Mennonite World Review for...

[read more]

New normal for Jacob, and for us

Jul 8, 2020 by

The world is going through a crisis that will change us. We’re not sure things will ever again be normal as we have known it. Yet, like Jacob in the Old Testament, we know God will be with us in our changing...

[read more]

Why we should reconsider Augustine

Jul 2, 2020 by

I love St. Augustine of Hippo. That might not seem like a big deal, but since at least the time of John H. Yoder, Augustine has been on the outs with the Anabaptist world, seen as the author of all that was...

[read more]

For a week, the Block Bunnies ruled

Jun 29, 2020 by

There was no escaping the wailing sirens, thumping helicopters, growling military trucks, stinging smoke and, every now and then, the hollow pop of a pistol. For a week in Minneapolis, it went on and on. And...

[read more]

Quakers, Catholics share a call to protect our common home

Jun 26, 2020 by , and

The phrase “love thy neighbor” captures a call to see our shared humanity with a call to action. As Jesus taught, we should understand “neighbor” broadly to include the historically forgotten. Quakers...

[read more]

Twenty bucks or billions?

Jun 22, 2020 by

Twenty bucks started the sequence of events that led to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while in the custody of four police officers. Floyd was accused of passing a counterfeit bill at a nearby store....

[read more]

Whiteness, weeding and watering

Jun 18, 2020 by

During the past months of pandemic restrictions and stay-at-home orders, I have found renewal and refreshment through gardening. In the midst of all the chaos and crisis of human society, gardening is a chance...

[read more]

Comfortably white

Jun 15, 2020 by

I’m a visionary. A generalist. A dreamer. Some of that is my personality. It’s also a privilege of whiteness. I can afford to have my head in the clouds and talk broadly about “shalom” and the Beloved...

[read more]

On the streets, protest becomes the church

Jun 12, 2020 by and

PASADENA, Calif. — No cars can get through the traffic light at Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue this afternoon because a handful of black Americans, led by a preteen named Sebastian, are dancing in...

[read more]

We need to engage in more costly peacemaking

Jun 10, 2020 by and

It does not happen often, but I am at a loss for words as cities across the United States burn and as I have endured several weeks of seeing black bodies sacrificed in the name of order and discipline. I am...

[read more]

I’ll go on a fool’s errand

Jun 8, 2020 by

At a pastors conference in Winnipeg, Man., on faith formation in a secular age, the keynote speaker, Andrew Root, asked a couple of gut-level questions: — Why does faith formation seem so hard in this time...

[read more]

Interfaith pilgrims

Jun 1, 2020 by and

On Friday afternoons, the corner office at First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana, Ill., looks out on a steady stream of worshipers gathering for prayer. They park at the FMC lot and trek across a busy...

[read more]

What keeps (all of) us safe?

May 26, 2020 by

Imagine: A black man and his son grab guns, hop in their car and chase down a white jogger. The young black man gets out of the car, confronts the unarmed jogger and, after a brief altercation, shoots...

[read more]

College dream, answered prayer

May 18, 2020 by

Well, Lord, the big day has come and gone. Suddenly, I feel rather alone in the world. School is over; no more homework, tests and essays. Never again am I likely to be together again with all my old friends...

[read more]

‘Mom, did you see that?’

May 14, 2020 by

“Look mom, no hands!” I exclaimed as I ran down the face of a rock. I was an adventurous little girl. I wasn’t afraid of getting dirty or heights or trying something a little more on the edge. My mother...

[read more]

What the Amish can teach us about surviving apocalyptic times

May 11, 2020 by and

I took a walk the other day, because getting some respite from the narrow confines of my little suburban home is a blessing these days. About half a mile from our house, there’s a ubiquitous slice of strip...

[read more]

Peace be with you — even in lockdown

May 7, 2020 by

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with...

[read more]

Want to go back to church (as usual)?

May 4, 2020 by

Central District Conference’s theme for this year is “Spirit, Bless Our Souls with Yearning.” Our yearnings have shifted as we’ve journeyed through this season of COVID-19. Most of us yearn to worship...

[read more]