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Displacement: Indigenous Peoples, Land, and Mission

The legacy of boundary-crossing colonial mission includes massive displacement—of native peoples from their homelands in Africa and the Americas, and of the produce of many lands, such as sugar, tobacco, and opium, for imperial purposes. The coerced movement and violent destruction of bodies and goods entails further displacements of psyches and families, cultures and languages. Any theology of mission that commends Jesus’s call, that advises packing up and moving across borders, must reckon with the history of missional displacement.

November 2020

Academic article by Rebecca Janzen

Land Conflict in Mexico between Mennonite Colonies and Their Neighbors

Academic article by Ched Myers, Elaine Enns

Two Biblical Warning Tales about Displacement

Book review by Sarah Ann Bixler

John G. Flett and David W. Congdon, eds., Converting Witness: The Future of Christian Mission in the New Millennium

Book review by Russell P. Johnson

Bryan Stone, Evangelism after Pluralism: The Ethics of Christian Witness

Book review by Zoe Matties

Jen Gobby, More Powerful Together: Conversations with Climate Activists and Indigenous Land Defenders

From the blog

Anabaptist Witness Dialogues: Randy Haluza-Delay & Randy Woodley (recording available)

Anabaptist Witness is pleased to announce Anabaptist Witness Dialogues, a new webinar series featuring interviews with Anabaptist Witness authors Randy Haluza-DeLay and Randy Woodley will be in conversation with Jamie Pitts about the article “What Does Shalom Mean?” Register here:  

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Anabaptist Witness Dialogues: Ched Myers and Elaine Enns (recording available)

Anabaptist Witness is pleased to announce Anabaptist Witness Dialogues, a new webinar series featuring interviews with Anabaptist Witness authors Ched and Elaine will discuss their their forthcoming book, Healing Haunted Histories: A Settler Discipleship of Decolonization. A book preview, “Two Biblical Warning Tales about Displacement,” appears online. Register here:   Recording:  

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How I Learned to Love the Government

I grew up in a Mennonite church, attended a Mennonite college, and graduated from a Mennonite seminary. Along the way I was indoctrinated with the classic Anabaptist perspective that governments—with their use of coercive power and violence—are for the unredeemed, but that true Christians dedicate their lives to the service of the church: a counter-government […]

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Global Partnerships and Shared Gifts

The following is an excerpt from a piece by César García (Mennonite World Conference) and David Wiebe (International Community of Mennonite Brethren), originally published in The Church in Mission, edited by Victor Wiens (MB Mission). Thanks to Vic we are able to present the full article online. In addition to this excerpt on sharing gifts, the authors […]

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Intersectional Transgressions

Below is an excerpt from a longer reflection by Mennonite pastor and Anabaptist Witness book reviews co-editor Isaac Villegas on the open letter he and other participants in the 2018 Hope for the Future conference sent to members of Mennonite Church USA. As the letter states, “Hope for the Future gatherings bring together leaders of color from across […]

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