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Life at Mt. Zion Mennonite

July 15th, 2010 by isaac · 2 Comments

I wrote a reflection on my week-long visit with the people of Mt. Zion Mennonite Church in Boonsboro, Maryland. Here’s an excerpt:

From the window of the nursery I can see the cemetery that stretches across the hill alongside the church — a field planted with rectangular stones to mark the graves of the faithful: Stauffer, Newcomer, Reiff, Funk. A couple of centuries of weather have made the older headstones undecipherable. Mennonites settled here along the Beaver Creek in the middle of the 18th century. I imagine some of the jagged and blackened gravestones honor the dead from those years. The life of this church rests on the foundations laid by those who now populate the field of graves. “We are born of the dead,” Robert Pogue Harrison writes in his book The Dominion of the Dead, “of the worlds they brought into being.” We are clothed with the faithfulness of the past: cherished histories and memories, cultures and traditions that invite us to a fresh experience of the same old gos­pel. Anabaptism is not a set of disembodied principles or core convictions. It is the legacy of the dead handed down to us in real places, through particular congregations and specific people.

You can read the rest of it at the Mennonite Weekly Review: “Faith handed down.”

I also preached a sermon about Mt. Zion: Life of the Dead.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Patrick // Jul 16, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Is there a way to leave a comment for one of the archived blog?

  • 2 isaac // Jul 16, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Yes, Patrick, there should be a way to leave a comment for any blog post you can locate in the archives. Is there one you are having trouble with?