Columbia Mennonite Fellowship Group is made up of about 16 folks--individuals who, in one capacity or another, identify as Mennonite. Some are "ethnic Mennonites," meaning they were born into a Mennonite family. Others, like myself, stumbled into the Anabaptist tradition through relationships with friends or partners.
We gather in one another's homes for potlucks, shared song, and deep fellowship. Each month it's incredibly life-giving--a rich time of connection and laughter.
This past month while we were sharing supper, I found myself talking about what it means to me to ever-so-slowly locate myself within the Mennonite tradition-first, through my relationship with Sarah and now, as a part of my own multi-faceted theological identity, an identity that continues to grow and take root.
"Discovering the Mennonites was like coming home," I said, "to a home I didn't even know I had."
I am an ordained minister within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This denomination is my foundation, providing the nourishment and community for much of my theological journey. But, in the almost six years I have known Sarah, the pacifism, the simplicity, and the sacrament of four part harmony have all begun to seep into my theological soil--laying the foundation, creating space, for home. A theological home that feels so comfortable, so right, that once I arrived, I realized I had been missing it all along. The CC(DOC) is still my place of residence. But that residence continues to be changed, transformed, and made new through constant dialogue with the beautiful, complex, grace-filled theological strains of Anabaptist ethics, tradition, and thought.
So maybe we don't have just one home after all--maybe there are many places, several groups, multiple folks, waiting for us to come home again, perhaps to a home we didn't even know we had.
Thanks be to God.
|A few of the youngest Mennonite Fellowship-ers.|