Letters February 2015
Nothing like a good story
I’ve been very happy with the last few editions of the Herald. Stories such as “Put your shoes on and go” by Angeline Schellenberg (Features, September) reminded me of the cheerful, selfless witness of Salome Hiebert. Associate editor Karla Braun also gave us some valuable insights through her stories.
But the story I connected with best was Mary Anne Isaak’s Text Message from Luke 1:26–56 (December). I never knew there was so much to learn from the narrative of Mary and the angel. We learn better from a well-told story than a preachy sermon!
I hope the Herald will continue in this direction. Maybe our young people will pick it up and enjoy it, too.
Opening our eyes to First Nations peoples
Re “Don’t read this book if…” (Viewpoint, January). MB Herald readers should also be aware that the winter 2015 Direction Journal has devoted its entire issue to the matter of our Mennonite Brethren relationship to First Nations peoples. This, too, is very important reading.
It occurred to me that the shared history between First Nations peoples and Europeans covers almost exactly the same period as Anabaptist history. While we North American Anabaptists are currently on the winning side and successful in our culture, I believe this is recent, local and possibly atypical.
Thanks to our history of knowing oppression, I believe we’ve been given some unique tools to be a blessing to First Nations. It has to begin with understanding and I’m realizing I have a long-overdue responsibility to become informed.
God repeatedly warned the Israelites that they must never forget they were once an oppressed people. I wonder if we Anabaptists need to be reminded of that, too.
Good can come from dialogue
Re “Overheard online” (Letters, December). It’s hard not to be disappointed with Greg Good’s critique of Christians and Muslims gathering for dialogue in Edmonton. It was an attempt by religious institutions to love their neighbours, which is a commendable alternative to religious enmity that has been the norm through the ages and is still a major cause of horrible human atrocities.
Good’s comments suggest Christianity owns God and has exclusive access to him. It’s highly likely that interreligious peace will facilitate more people discovering God than conflict has for the past 2,000 years. Life today is intensely global, and the dialogue initiative tried to respect that. Interreligious conflict is not an acceptable testimony of love for God and neighbour.
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