Bernard Dueck Kornelssen accepting the presidency of newly formed Frente Menonita in Chihuahua, Mexico, 17 Oct 2012."We will promote unity amongst the Mennonite colonies to help loosen the mood and look towards establishing agreements with other groups through dialogue."
"This [the MCC Canning Project] could have been automated years ago, but this makes it a community-building project."
Tina Quiring, Leamington, Ontario, regarding the 14th Annual MCC Canning Project.
“We have always had a commitment to covering the Mennonite world, putting the word world in our name is renewing our commitment to covering the world global Anabaptist movement....”Paul Schrag, Publisher Mennonite World Review (MWR), f/k/a Mennonite Weekly Review (12 May 2012)
"En el campo no tenemos horas, el día que necesitamos no paramos, si se pide, se trabaja las 24 horas, no se duerme".Klassen Heinrich Schmitt, Cancún, Quinta Roo, Mexico, of the Neuvo Salamanca Kolonie, near Bacalar (Mexico-Belize border).
"Mr. Barley, now 30, remembers a childhood of "picnics, cakes, pies," herding cattle and raising tobacco and sweet corn on his grandfather's farm. Bible study was a form of recreation. Dating and dancing were not allowed, but Mr. Barley didn't mind. "I was a great little Mennonite," he said.'"
Anna Jane Grossman contrasting the Mennonite life of Chris Barley with the Jewish life of partner Marc Kushner, 13 April 2012, New York Times.
"The speaker imagines what others must be thinking: "We want only the damaged details.' 'Yes, describe your sex life as a Mennonite.'"
Ohio poet Becca J. R. Lachman discussing The Appple Speaks, 08 April 2012.
"Out of our aging fabrics, weave new hope. Out of strands, weave a fabric, a tapestry. Out of the parts, weave a whole."
____________________________________________________Leonard Dow, MCC U.S., MCC recommissioning prayer, 30 Mar 2012
____________________________________________________The Intention is one of retrieval, an attempt to uncover buried goods through rearticulation – and thereby to make these sources empower again …Béla Szabados quoting Charles Taylor’s Sources of the Self (1989), p 520.
"The revolt against one's environment is usually 'shame' of one's environment."Czeslaw Milosz, The Captive Mind (1953)
"Mennonite is like the equivalent of being Jewish. Its a culture/religion mind meld."Tim Wall, 2012 Facebook posting.
"Until very recently, they have considered themselves as "pilgrims," wanderers whose attachment to a "Heimat" (homeland) was never strong enough to prevent them from moving on ... This is especially characteristic of the Prussian-Russian Mennonite group,"George K. Epp, "Russian Patriotism ...," Journal of Mennonite Studies
"Oh, those Amish are so industrious, unlike those shiftless Mennonites,"Marj Simpson, The Simpsons, Fox Broadcasting Co.
"When grain is in demand, things go well,"Armand duc de Richelieu, Governor (Gradonachal'nik) of Odessa, 1803-1814