Ethnicity should be celebratedby Linda Marie Snow, Austin, Texas
Regarding Janet Trevino-Elizarrarz's column "Where Faith and Culture Intersect" (January): Janet laments about fitting into the Mennonite community without having to apologize for who she is. She wants to be a Mennonite without giving up her ethnicity, yet three paragraphs later she asks Germanic Mennonites to put aside theirs.
I am similar to Janet: a second-generation Italian Catholic "converted Mennonite Christian, passionate, purpose-driven lover of Jesus, beautiful" Italian woman.
I was drawn to the Mennonites by a Southern Baptist convert who in turn was drawn by a Chinese Mennonite. There are Mennonites all over the world who owe their beginnings to the study and insights of a Dutch Catholic priest, Menno Simons.
Despite our faith's Germanic roots, I doubt our Chinese or African Mennonite brothers and sisters would apologize for or consider setting aside their ethnicity. Despite this, they are a vibrant part of the greater Mennonite community. I say, How glorious to celebrate our differences. In celebrating our differences we glorify God. If we do this first, understanding and acceptance will follow.
Associated Issue: New director begins - January, 2010
Associated Article: Where faith and culture intersect
- Whispers of resurrection
- Up, out, down
- A paracosmic Millennium
- The Word in worship
- God's realm in and among us
- In March
- The cost of medicines
- My testimony
News stories, digests and Meno Acontecer
- MC USA receives $3 million surprise
- Web exclusive: John Howard Yoder's 'irresponsibility'?
- MMA to change name
- MCC leaders respond to MC USA moderator
- Review: Avatar lays groundwork for peaceful solutions
- Franconia's plan to dismiss staff on hold
- Moderator questions MCC
- CPT founding director Gene Stoltzfus dies
- Goshen College announces plans for national anthem's implementation
- Mennonite providers get update on health-care legislation
- Mennonite artist creates icons
- A nurse describes her two weeks in Haiti
- News Briefs - March 2010
- Festival celebrates 300 years in Lancaster
- Burkholder's dissertation 'all but banned'
- Brenneman calls for new 'school of thought'
- Survey: more women in leadership but still not enough
- MDS trailer stolen Jan. 5, worth over $10,000
- Resources - March, 2010
- Births and Marriages - 2010
- Inattention blindness
- Living the in-between
- Tenderly name others
- God's avatar
- Developing leadership for the church
- 'They seek a city'
- Ceaseless generosity
- First things first: Seek God's wisdom
- Lent reorients us
- How could they do such a thing?
- How justify special privileges?
- Ethnicity should be celebrated
- Jesus did not know everything
- Saddened by national anthem
- Be careful about our beliefs
- Latent dynamics gone
- Lacks spirit of unity
- Time to get behind Stutzman
- Richly blessed by every article