Goshen College Alumnus Dan Haarer wrote these reflections on a lifetime of experiences to share with family and friends. We share this with Dan's permission.
News Release: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Mennonite Church USA announced that it is adapting its meeting plans for the remainder of 2020.
Our Mennonites schools, colleges, universities and seminaries were unique in their response to the pandemic, living into their Anabaptist faith values and demonstrating hope and caring in their communities.
What does Anabaptism teach us about healthy masculinity? A recent book addresses this important question at a time when an aggressive model of masculinity is asserting itself in American culture. In collaboration with Institute of Mennonite Studies, Mennonite Men has produced Peaceful at Heart: Anabaptist Reflections on Healthy Masculinity (Wipf & Stock, 2019). This is a book by men writing to men. It promotes an Anabaptist Christian perspective on masculinity that is more peaceful, just, and life-giving for men and sensitive to women and children than dominant images of masculinity in popular culture and evangelical Christianity. While much has been written on the characteristics of masculinity and the impacts of patriarchy, this volume moves the dialogue in the direction of building a vision of discipleship, community and peace as an alternative for men's lives. Rather than supporting patriarchy and nationalism commonly advanced in traditional Christian thought, this volume draws on an Anabaptist perspective of faith which invites men to experience God's call to live at peace and be peacemakers.