Power and Authority in Mennonite Ecclesiology: A Feminist Perspective

January 13, 2021

  This content written by a daughter/mother pair, by Lynda Nyce and Dorothy Yoder Nyce, first appeared as chapter 8 in Power, Authority, and the Anabaptist Tradition, edited by a son-father pair Benjamin W. Redekop and Calvin W. Redekop, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001, pp 155-173, 214-216. It is reprinted here with permission […]

Women, the Church, and Wholeness

November 12, 2020

This speech or article has had different titles. At first in January of 1975 when titled “Women in Church Vocations, Institutions, Structures” it was presented at the annual meeting of Mennonite Central Committee. As a result of that talk, the Executive Committee took action to form an Advisory Committee on Women of MCC, of which […]

Anabaptist Vision: Was it Visionary Enough for Women?

October 21, 2020

This article was originally published in The Conrad Grebel Review, 12/3, (Fall 1994), 309-19 and appears here with the publisher’s permission. A first grader when “The Anabaptist Vision” was distilled and published by Harold S. Bender, I did not encounter it in a formal academic way until I was a teen in a Mennonite history […]

The Climate for Women in Early Anabaptism

Written for seminary course “The Role and Image of Women in the Reformations.” This paper appears in Decades of Feminist Writing, DYN self-published, 2020 Being a Mennonite with life-long connection to Anabaptist history, I chose, when living for one year (1976-77) in Cambridge, MA, to take a Reformation course with an Episcopalian woman professor at […]

And So It Began: On Birthing an Organization

October 12, 2020

This article was originally published in The Conrad Grebel Review 23, No. 1 (Winter 2005): 55-78 and appears here with the publisher’s permission. “To have by nature a point of view, to stick to it, to follow it where it leads, is the rarest of possessions, and lends value even to trifles.” V. Woolf “No […]

Mennonite Women: What Past? What Future?

Prepared for Women/Men: History and Vision Course Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary – Nov. 9, 1982, Without doubt “we have come a long way.” Without doubt “there are miles to go before we (dare) sleep.” While not intended as comprehensive, this collection presents some of the material that I have gathered from the Mennonite scene during […]

Centenarian Connections Rachel Weaver Kreider’s Life

October 8, 2020

This article appeared in The Mennonite, May 2013, 12-15; appears here with permission. A photo of Rachel filled the journal’s cover as she prepared to ride in a helicopter. How people connect matters. With whom we bond varies during diverse decades of life. When and where we network affects outlook, circumstance, and generations to come. […]

Jesus, the Only Way or the Open Way?

October 6, 2020

Learning from Asian Christians Engaged with Religious Pluralism Conflict for Mennonite Biblical Literalists? Workshop at Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference June 9-12, 2016, Conrad Grebel University, Kitchener, Ontario Introduction: Two quotes and two Scripture texts “There will be no peace among nations without peace among religions; there will be no peace among religions without dialogue among […]

“Interfaith Issues for Global Mennonites and Brethren in Christ”

September 29, 2020

Mennonite World Conference Workshops, July 2015 With Youth at Messiah College and with Adults near Harrisburg, Pa. Introduction to Interfaith Issues During this workshop we will talk about religions. We will look distinctly at three Asian religions—Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh. Religion is a very personal matter; it expresses a way to be. Religio means “to […]

Glimpses of Mennonite Engagement with Hindu Thought and Practice

September 20, 2020

This article appears in Anabaptist Witness, 2/1, April 2015, 77-98. This article highlights a few entries from my two-hundred-page book titled Mennonites Encounter Hinduism An Annotated Bibliography, self-published in 2015. John and I first lived in India for three years from 1962-65 when teaching at Woodstock School in the Himalayan foothills. I have returned to […]