Fourteen people have occupied the editor’s chair at the MB Herald. Each person brought a unique perspective and a distinct voice to a particular time in the life of the magazine and the Canadian MB conference. Here, some reflect on the legacy of the magazine over its 58 years.
Anicka Fast, Harold Jantz, and Jayaker Yennamalla are the 2015 recipients of the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission’s MB studies project grants. The selection committee chose the three from a strong field of applicants, all working on projects of historical and theological interest to Mennonite Brethren around the world.
City of Tranquil LightAuthor: Bo CaldwellI’m not a great reader of novels, but from time to time one catches me by surprise and entirely captivates me. Such a story is Bo Caldwell’s City of Tranquil Light. The California writer and former Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford University has written a rich and engaging story about Mennonite missionaries in China just after the time of the Boxer Rebellion.
As I considered what I might write in this space, I thought of this church I love so much, the Mennonite Brethren.
The Paradox of Disability: Responses to Jean Vanier and L’Arche Communities from Theology and the Sciences, Editor: Hans S. Reinders; Life journeys: The stories of the Eden High School class of ’55,>/b> Editor: Harold Jantz
Nearly fifty years ago – in 1964 to be precise – as a young man in his twenties, I first came to the Mennonite Brethren Herald. Those were turbulent years. A few months earlier, John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. The U.S. was drifting into the Vietnam conflict, the first major war it was to lose. Riots, marches, and city ghettoes on fire heralded the civil rights conflict.
The CMU Alumni Blazer award celebrates and honours graduates of Canadian Mennonite University (and its founding colleges Mennonite Brethren Bible College/Concord College, and Canadian Mennonite Bible College) who have served their churches, communities, and the world in significant ways, embodying CMU’s values and mission of “service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.”
Leaders Who Shaped UsEditor: Harold JantzLeaders Who Shaped Us is a collection of the stories of 25 MB leaders from the past century, gathered in honour of the centenary of the Canadian Conference of MB Churches. According to editor Harold Jantz, leaders were selected based on their lasting contribution to the culture and ethos of the Canadian MB Church.
A decade ago, I wrote an article for the Herald on homosexuality, Welcoming and yet not affirming (Nov. 5, 1999), which attempted to assess the impact of this issue in the life of the church and culture, and, if possible, provide some direction to the church as we sought to live faithfully as followers of Christ.
Celebrations marked two decades since the walls came down separating Communist Eastern Europe and the West. And a celebration is just on the horizon for a remarkable institution in Lithuania – it, too, owes its existence to walls that came down.