Blog posts

Why Mennonite leaders need to stop complaining about social media

5.22. 2016

In his address to graduating students at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) on May 2, President Loren Swartzendruber complained about social media. On May 2, the Daily News-Record quoted him: “Here’s the challenge we face,” he said, “namely the question of how we engage in meaningful, life-changing, civil conversations in a world that’s impatient for quick […]

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What Mennonites can learn about Jesus from a Delta Force veteran

3.13. 2016

Photo by Tim Nafziger.  On Sunday, March 6, 2016, Ruth Krall wrote “A Considered Response to Lambelet and Hamilton: Vis-à-vis the topic of being made invisible…one more time” on her repeated experience of invisibilization by male Mennonite colleagues who pigeonhole her as a “very angry woman who hates the church.” She outlines a series of […]

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Have we learned anything from the John Howard Yoder cover-up?

12.12. 2015

Tim Nafziger is a member of the Anabaptist Mennonite Chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Even though “Priests” is in its title, SNAP is open to religious and nonreligious persons who were sexually violated by anyone inside or outside a faith community. SNAP is the world’s oldest and largest support group […]

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A Christian Peacemaker Team’s poem: Advent’s Eve, 2005

11.28. 2015

Tim Nafziger was a reservist with Christian Peacemaker Teams living in London in 2005 during the kidnapping of Norman Kember, Harmeet Singh Sooden, Jim Loney and Tom Fox. He wrote this poem for the 10th anniversary of the date they were taken. On that last day of ordinary time Norman, Harmeet, Jim and Tom walk across a parking lot […]

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MMMMs: Expanding our Churchly imagination

10.30. 2015

Four tree trunks echo the four streams of Anabaptism. Photo by Tim Nafziger.  In the wake of this summer’s Mennonite Church USA convention and the pending departure of Lancaster Conference, I am reflecting on the role of “Moderate Mennonite Male Managers” (MMMM’s) in our institutions. This recent essay by John Rempel inspired me to look specifically […]

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Moving beyond the belittlement of the youth: An interview with Leah Wenger

9.4. 2015

Below is my interview with Leah Wenger, a 17-year-old senior at Eastern Mennonite High School, and a part of Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Va., where I heard her speak on this theme during Sunday worship on July 26. Excerpts of that presentation have been used below. 1. What led you to attend the Mennonite convention […]

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Mennonites, microagressions and Kansas City: an interview with Kelly Bates Oglesby

6.21. 2015

This is the eighth interview in my ongoing Anabaptist Camp Follower series in which I interview people who have been drawn to Anabaptism and Mennonites. Kelly Bates Oglesby is pastor at Park View Mennonite Church in Kokomo, Ind. Our interview happened before the massacre of nine Black Christians in Charleston on June 17. That act makes her words all […]

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