Tag: Mennonite

Accept Authority as a God-given Grace I

What caused the hippies to believe bucking authority would bring world peace? What caused my grandparents to conform to a sedate, self-sacrificing way of life under the authority of an ordinary man they called “bishop”? They grew up in the same generation after all.

Serve the Community & Let the Community Serve You

Tapioca pudding and serving the community? I’ll connect the two eventually.

Keep Sacred Things Sacred

See, little sister had pure white socks with a frill of lace that folded down neatly at the ankles. Mine were plain white, except the time in my fifth year when Mom couldn’t find white my size. Instead, she bought a pale lavender pair with sprigs of the tiniest rose buds ringing the top. Those Sunday socks delighted me. Unwittingly, they taught me something about the sacred.

Values My Culture Taught Me

Being part of a sub-culture, I’ve often taken much for granted. I see my grandparents several times a year. I sew my own clothes. I know how to change a diaper, scald peaches for canning, plant seeds in season, and sing both lead and… Continue Reading “Values My Culture Taught Me”

Yes, I’m Mennonite, and Why That’s Not the Point

This post comes out of a commitment I made to myself shortly after I started this blog. But to understand why, I need to tell you the beginning. I had sought to publish some short articles through Mennonite publications, but the lists of prerequisites… Continue Reading “Yes, I’m Mennonite, and Why That’s Not the Point”