Editor, Ervin Beck
by Ervin Beck
A sea change in Mennonite self-definition occurred early in the 1980s.
Without abandoning their commitment to nonviolence and service, The Mennonite Church, meeting in general assembly at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, adopted the statement “Justice and the Christian Witness,” which was refined and printed following the general assembly at Ames, Iowa ...
by Mary Jean Gunden
In 2013 Lois Gunden Clemens (1915-2005) was recognized posthumously as “Righteous among the Nations” by Yad Vashem in Israel. She becomes one of only four Americans, among 24,800 people worldwide, to be so honored. Her niece, Mary Jean Gunden, will accept the honor on her ...
by Myrna Burkholder
J. Lawrence Burkholder was on the faculty at Harvard Divinity School when in 1964 he joined Mary (Mrs. Malcolm) Peabody in an attempt to integrate the diner at the Ponce De Leon Motel in St. Augustine, Florida. Mrs. Peabody was the wife of a ...
by Vic Stoltzfus
March 7, 1965, was the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Alabama.
March 9 was the march that stopped short of the bridge.
March 21 was the 21-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, the state capital.
I joined the march to Montgomery
Fifty years ago I was 31, a part-time Mennonite ...
by Beth Johnson
The city of Camden, New Jersey, is a tragedy, one I’d managed not to think about for the first 55 of my 58 years. Living in a comfortable suburb west of Philadelphia, I knew Camden only as a place to be avoided. When drivers cross the Ben Franklin Bridge into ...
by Beth Johnson
In October 2014, a friend in California noticed an article in the Los Angeles Times she thought I’d be interested in. Titled “Boyle Heights Girl Aims For More, With Help of Soccer,” it focused on a talented young athlete who commutes almost five ...
by Beth Johnson
In 1994, I came across an article in a Philadelphia newspaper about Joe Davis, a recovering drug addict, petty criminal, and paraplegic who was pursuing an associate’s degree at a local community college. The story mentioned that Joe occasionally visited schools to talk to at-risk young people ...
by Tim Nafziger
Hear the instruction of your mother: hate everything that is loved
by the world and your sensuality.
-- Maeyken Wens, Mennonite martyr, in her last letter to her son before being
burned at the stake in Antwerp on October 6, 1573.
Ann of Goshen, you warned me about the flames, internalized ...
by Ann Hostetler
Give up perfection for just one day.
Feel yourself a creature of flesh and bone,
walk around in the cold, wind chafing
your face, joints jarring as your worn
soles pound concrete.
Keep walking till you face
your deepest failure—not
with clenched fists, not blinded
by shame, but with a ...
- Shari Wagner named Poet Laureate of Indiana
- After Identity: Mennonites Writing in North America - just published
- Bob Johnson is Short Story Contest Winner
- New book of poems by Leonard Neufeldt
- Abbie Landis wins Award for Documentary Essay
- Greta Holt: A new voice from the Old Colonies. We must continue ...
- Greta Holt: Wonderful interview. It highlights the realities of writing like a ...
- Claire DeBerg: I've never known about the intensity of the monkeys ...
- Jessica Baldanzi: So good to revisit these, Mary. Lush, evocative, intense, yet ...
- Adam Tice: Sam, Thanks for your comments! My impression of both Brunk ...