Bloggers on The Mennonite
We are again entering the season of looking back on the past year. As such, I've dug back through my archives to bring you 101 portraits from the last decade. Some are conventional, some are candid and one features a sheep.
Since my Eye Spy puzzle two weeks ago was so popular, I'm inviting you to find three things in these photos (in order of increasing difficulty):
- A sheep
- My self-portrait
- Five portraits that include Charletta
Can you share about your first connection with Anabaptism?
Somewhere in October 2010, my family and I attended philosopher Peter Rollins' presentation at First Mennonite Church in Denver, Colo. I lived in Colorado Springs at the time with my mother, father, and two sisters. Together we were working with Iglesia El Centro and some local activist initiatives. That evening in October when we drove up to hear Rollins speak was the day I met Tory Doerksen, who worked and still works today as a Pastor at First Mennonite Church.
Welcome to my first-ever puzzle blog post. This afternoon on a hike I took this photo of my friend, Milton. Can you spot my wife, Charletta?
Charity: I understand neo-Anabaptism to be an ecumenical movement that is inspired and influenced by Anabaptist thought. This influence isn't confined to traditional Anabaptist thought as expressed in documents like the Schleitheim Confession; it includes the critique of power that we get from post-modernism and post-colonialism. These critiques are not native to Anabaptist thought. In many ways, they are not native to Western thought. But they are good critiques; they are Spirit-guided, I think.
In your post, you challenge Anabaptists to recognize the roots of our critique of colonialism and imperialism in the non-Western world. What are some of the ways you have encountered this critique in non-Western contexts?
It's been over a year since I moved to live 10 miles away from the largest body of water on earth, but it wasn't until Oct. 7 that I finally got to spend some time exploring beyond the beach thanks to an invitation from my friend Eric, who spear fishes and dives for lobsters off the Channel Islands. And of course, I took my camera along.
It's been three months since the end of the Mennonite Church USA convention in Phoenix. Here are my photos from the gathering, from the opening night to the closing prayer vigil.
Today, we tend to think of Mennonites as descended from all early Anabaptists. However, the followers of Menno Simons had some distinctive practices that set them apart from other Anabaptists of their era. Looking at them through the eyes of David Joris and his disciples can help us to understand what set them apart more clearly.
The last two months have seen a growing number of articles on John Howard Yoder's sexual harassment and abuse of women (for a list of articles, see the Women in Learship Project's timeline and annotated bibliography) led by Barbra Graber's July 17 article on Our Stories Untold. Many of these pieces have been in conversation with Dr. Ruth Krall's important book, The Elephants in God’s Living Room, Volume Three: The Mennonite Church and John Howard Yoder, Collected Essays, which I draw on heavily in this article. I especially recommend her sixth chapter, "John Howard Yoder, D. Theol. 1927-1997: Believer's Church Theologian and Ordained Mennonite Clergyman," which looks in detail at Yoder as a case study.
This week we have a collection of photos from the Olympic peninsula. As always, click the photo to see it full size.
We began our journey by leaving Seattle behind on a ferry ride across the Puget Sound.
It's time for another round of photos from the Midwest and east coast of the U.S. This summer's collection features scenes from Lancaster, Pa., and rural Iowa near Kalona. As always, click the photo to view it full screen on your monitor (and possibly a title and caption).
- Current Events
- Anabaptism in the UK
- Anabaptism in Australia
- Living Water Community Church
- Mennonites and Jews
- Mennonites and Pop Culture
- Christian Peacemaker Teams
- Why I love Chicago
- The institutions of Mennonite Church USA
- Anabaptist Camp Followers