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September 2002
vol. 57 no. 3

This issue begins with a study of Mennonite storytelling as a negotiating process with a community over pacifism and patriotism during World War I in Whitewater, Kansas, by journalist Mark Unruh. To enrich the encounter with history, a recording and a transcription of an interview with a witness to the central story analyzed by Unruh is offered here, and was first gathered as part of the Schowalter Oral History project in 1974. We invite readers to listen to the recorded oral history as a special form of experiential access to the historic encounter under discussion.

A Story of Faith and the Flag:
A Study of Mennonite Fantasy Rhetoric

Mark Unruh
Mark Unruh graduated from Bethel College in 1982 and has taught journalism and speech at Wichita Heights High School for 15 years. He is currently working on a master's degree from the Elliott School of Communications at Wichita State University. This essay was written in the context of a Qualitative Theory of Communication course taught by Susan Schultz Huxman.

Oral Interview on the American Flag Incident at the Harder Homestead, 1918
Introduction by James C. Juhnke

The editors of Mennonite Life offer two articles related to women's thought and experiences as contexts for further thought on the many issues arising from the U.S.-proposed "war on terrorism" as well as ongoing Middle East violence. Elva Leisy Krehbiel's article offers a dramatic contrast to the recent rise in militarist rhetoric in this reprinting of her early twentieth-century, broadly ecumenical call to all women to ban all forms of war. Sonia Weaver's report from the Middle East offers a humanizing--rather than "othering"--encounter with Islamic women's culture.

Women and Peace: 1937 Essay by Elva Krehbiel Leisy
Introduction by Mary H. Schertz
Mary H. Schertz is a professor of New Testament at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. She teaches Biblical Foundations for Peace and Justice with Perry B. Yoder.

One Face of Islam
by Sonia Weaver
Sonia Weaver is MCC Palestine Co-Country Representative.

Also relating to national discussions of peace and war is this article, a revision of a presentation made by Duane Friesen in "Collegium: Conversations on Public Policy," sponsored by the Wilberforce Project of the Center for Christian Studies of Gordon College (and a number of other evangelical organizations) in May 2002. One of the sessions was entitled, "Three Views on War: Just War, Pacifism, Just Peacemaking." The assignment was, first, to set out an outline of a Christian pacifist position (which Friesen does below in the form of ten theses), and second, to reflect on how that position responds to the events of September 11. The second set of reflections is more fully elaborated in the version published here.

Christian Pacifism and September 11
by Duane K. Friesen
Duane K. Friesen is professor of Bible and religion at Bethel College.

The Brunk Brothers revival campaigns burst upon the Mennonite scene in June 1951, with a spectacular series of tent meetings in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Fifty years ago, in September 1952, George R. Brunk II, Mennonite minister and teacher of theology, preached a sermon, "God's Supreme Position of Power," in a tent revival campaign in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Here we publish that sermon both in audio and transcript form. We invite readers to listen to the audio to hear the dramatic rhetorical differences in the two forms, and to consider how audiences were impacted.

George R. Brunk Tent Revival Sermon 1952
Introduction by James C. Juhnke

Books treating immigration history, documentary history, modes of congregational conflict processing, gender issues, and Anabaptism are reviewed here by Gary R. Entz, Bradley G. Siebert, Mark Jantzen, Dwight E. Roth, Leland Harder, Penelope Moon, and Marvin E. Kroeker.

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