Witness 2: The Reawakening

The relationship between Mennonites and the entertainment industry hasn’t always been a  good one. On the one hand, “we” (and I use that term loosely) haven’t always been happy with the morality of what appears on our screens.  On the other hand, we are often used as characters in their storylines that misrepresent us.  Today’s…

An Anabaptist Pilgramage (and no, that’s not a typo)

My theme of “(Re)Discovering Ancient Spiritual Practices” at the Mennonite Church where I serve as the pastor seems a little odd to some.  Those religious rituals having little to no bearing with our Radical Reformation past.  In fact, our spiritual ancestors would likely reject many of these activities as human creation and therefore unhelpful in…

A Tale of Two Meetings

I would like to talk about two meetings with some obvious differences and some profound similarities. The first is a series of meetings that took place across Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba in the early 1920s.  Members of various conservative, traditional Mennonite churches were gathering to discus how to respond to recent government policies put in…

What makes a Mennonite?

Mennonite is a term that can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Many of those meanings can be summed up in three categories; Mennonites are known by seed, by deed and by creed. … by seed. – Mennonite is primarily a faith position, but throughout time and in many parts of the…