In this first year of publishing Anabaptist World, it has been exciting to watch the diversity of writers — and specifically our columnists — contribute to each issue.
A year ago, our team was planning and inviting these fabulous people to work with us, and now we’ve enjoyed their insights and perspectives for months.
I was especially happy to have Sarah Augustine join our roster of columnists. You can read her current column on page 35. I’ve been inspired by Sarah and her work with the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery coalition for years. I’m thrilled to offer a similar opportunity for our readers.
For those of you who are podcast listeners, Sarah and Pastor Sheri Hostetler from First Mennonite Church of San Francisco have launched a new podcast in partnership with Anabaptist World. The Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery podcast explores their work as co-founders of the coalition, their Anabaptist faith and the intersections of their lives, work and friendship.
As I’ve listened to the first few episodes, I am so grateful that Sheri and Sarah have taken the time to do this. They share with authenticity and thoughtfulness and invite us all to consider how we can contribute to the work of justice and stand against the systems of death that exist in our societies.
If you are interested in learning more, I encourage you to go to the Anabaptist World website and listen to the episodes.
As you’ve followed Anabaptist World this year, who has been your favorite columnist? What article has stuck with you? Is there one you are still thinking about? Let us know. We love hearing from you about what has been meaningful, challenging, memorable — even inspiring, as we say on the cover.
And if you are planning on being at MennoCon21 — the Mennonite Church USA convention — in Cincinnati next month, please make a point to stop by the Anabaptist World booth. I’ll be there, and I hope to meet some of you in person.
In my part of the world — Northern Indiana — the summertime warmth and buzz of activity are my constant reminders of the unstoppable Spirit of life flowing from our Creator.
In this liturgical season of Ordinary Time, I hope you are finding ways to cultivate inspiration, rest and faithfulness.