vol. 56 no. 4
A common thread of "stories on the landscape" runs through this issue. The first part of
the issue focuses on the arts, as we have usually done in December issues of Mennonite
Life over the last several years.
Lora Jost offers us a unique set of visual responses to the difficulties of family farmers
in the current economy.
The Experience of
|Lora Jost has a studio in Lawrence, Kansas,
and works as an artist, illustrator, muralist, community arts organizer, and educator.
She grew up in North Newton, Kansas.|
Midwestern poet David Wright offers us a commentary on the relationship of poetry to
Christian life, followed by four of his poems.
|A native of the Midwest, David Wright teaches
writing and literature in the Chicago area. His first poetry collection, Lines from the
Provinces, appeared in 2000. His second book, A Liturgy for Stones, will be
published in 2002 by Pandora Press US.|
Lori Bontrager gives us an informal history of the Cincinnati Mennonite Arts Weekend,
probably the leading Mennonite arts event in the country, which has brought together
a wide variety of Mennonite artists for the past ten years.
Mennonite Arts Weekend
|Lori's favorite job is trying valiantly
to balance with faith the joys and challenges of a full life at home. She is wife of
Phil, mother of Andrea, Rachel, David, Darin (ages 20-12). Her BSN from Goshen
College has served her well through the years, though very indirectly since 1984.
She hopes to return to nursing eventually, but thoroughly enjoys the immense
diversity she finds at home. She is a member of Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship.|
Christopher Dick offers us two poems on Kansas and seasonal images.
At the Fireworks
Stand, July 4, 9:00 P.M.; Kansas: Fall in Wartime
Poetry by Christopher M. Dick
|Christopher Dick teaches composition and
literature at Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas.|
The second part of this issue takes up Native American themes. First, Mennonite and
Cheyenne elder statesman Lawrence Hart offers a meditation on the theme of axis
mundi, the place(s) around which the world revolves and places where we might
say God is specially present. This was originally the Bethel College commencement address
in 1998. Lawrence Hart also can be found in each of the two articles which follow his.
Present, and Future
|Lawrence Hart, a Cheyenne Peace Chief from Clinton, Oklahoma, is a
prominent local, regional and national leader in American Indian
education and cultural preservation. He is an ordained Mennonite
minister and an active leader in a variety of church-wide Mennonite
programs and Mennonite institutions.|
James Juhnke argues that the peace traditions of Native Americans have been obscured
by the celebration of warrior images. He asks who is more responsible for the cultural
survival of Native Americans - the warriors or the peaceful?
Peacemakers: Native America
James C. Juhnke
|James C. Juhnke has taught history at Bethel
College since 1967. Most of his research and writing has been on
American Mennonite history, but his most recent book is a revisionist
peace-minded survey of main themes in general United States history.
Carol M. Hunter of Earlham College joined Jim as co-author. The book is
titled The Missing Peace: The Search for Nonviolent Alternatives in
United States History. It was published last summer by Pandora Press
Canada. "The Original Peacemakers," the first
chapter of the book, is presented here with permission from the
Another Mennonite elder statesman, Robert Kreider, brings a meditation on a recent trip
through Kansas and Oklahoma hearing stories of the Cheyenne.
Along the Cheyenne
Heritage Trail: Travel Notes, Musings, Reflections
|Robert Kreider of North Newton, Kansas, is an
accomplished writer, scholar, leader, journaler, chronicler, traveler.|
As usual we close with several book reviews.