The Color of Change


Collage Church youth reporting from Kansas City Convention

For several hours this morning I followed some of the Mennonite World Conference and  caught up on some of the aftermath of the Kansas City Convention.  Someone noted that the youth were enthused by their experiences. Male and female youth of the College Mennonite Church wore uniform tee shirts of many colors. Ponder picture above.


Martin and Rhoda in uniform attire

I remarked to the pastor that when I was the age of those youth I wore a plain suit and all the young women wore cape dresses, and that I was glad the church can change.

When I said the same thing to my Old Order German Baptist friend he exclaimed with a smile, “I’m not glad.  I wish everything was the same as it was fifty years ago.”

Fifty years ago I was part of a church that attempted to be uniform in attire.  Now we are a part of a global community in conference at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

It is amazing that we can be a part of it though we are miles away. We come together though sometimes entertaining doubt that leads to a strong faith.

The Mennonites came from many nations of the world to be welcomed by Native Americans, and to be forgiven by them, and to hear their plea to move forward from this time onward.  Here is another highlight recorded for us who can’t be there in person.


About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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1 Response to The Color of Change

  1. Jep Hostetler says:

    Change can be good, but change, just for change sake can be devastating. The change you are referring to looks pretty good to me.

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