NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The second issue of Mennonite Life since the journal went to an annual format is now live.
The Summer 2011 issue can be accessed at www.bethelks.edu/mennonitelife/2011.
Bethel College began publishing Mennonite Life in 1946. The journal went to online-only in 2000 and to one issue a year in 2010. Mennonite Life is devoted to exploring and developing Mennonite experience, with an intended audience of scholars and academics as well as a wider literate readership interested in Mennonite matters.
As the 65th volume of Mennonite Life, the 2011 edition nonetheless has “some intriguing continuities and changes,” says editor Mark Jantzen, Bethel assistant professor of history. “Mennonite Life has [always] been interested in documenting and analyzing diversity in the Mennonite world. In the immediate post-World War II era, that meant tracking Germanic Mennonites in the older and newly created diasporas. This issue features the history of another type of Mennonite diversity among racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.”
The Summer 2011 issue’s three lead articles are by two Mennonites of color – Regina Shands Stoltzfus, assistant professor of peace, justice and conflict studies at Goshen (Ind.) College and Felipe Hinojosa, assistant professor of history at Texas A&M University – and a white Mennonite, Tobin Miller Shearer, a faculty member at the University of Montana, Missoula, who has a long history of anti-racism work.
The stories (and struggles) of Mennonite racial diversity “[go] back even further than the origins of Mennonite Life,” says Jantzen, “but only recently has the wider Mennonite community of European heritage begun to understand and grapple with the significance of these histories.”
Other articles are André Gingerich Stoner’s examination of the relationship of American GIs and the German peace movement in the 1980s; Austin McCabe-Juhnke’s study (written in German) of the history and current status of the Swiss-Volhynian dialect; Nathaniel Yoder’s analysis of the Mennonite Church USA document “Agreeing and Disagreeing in Love”; and Justin Wiebe’s study of the Kleine Gemeinde.
The latter three articles, Jantzen says, “deliver on one promised new feature of this version of Mennonite Life: an increased emphasis on publishing student research work.”
McCabe-Juhnke’s and Yoder’s articles are adapted from senior seminar work at Bethel College (both are recent graduates). Wiebe’s paper was the first-prize winner in the high school category of the 2010 John Horsch Mennonite History Essay concert sponsored by the Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee.
The Summer 2011 issue of Mennonite Life rounds out with Melanie Springer Mock's extended collective review of Mennonite women’s memoirs; James Regier's review of Mennonites in Early Modern Poland and Prussia; and Barbara A. Thiesen’s annual compilation, the 2010 “Mennonite Bibliography.”