AC News | June 2019
Mennos Swimming in a Media Sea
By Keith M. Lyndaker

Be not conformed to this world but rather be transformed by the latest app.

Oops! I misquoted. But sometimes I wonder. I am fascinated by the phenomenon of friends who seem to be more excited over the latest app than the application of their faith to everyday life.

So how do we as modern-day Anabaptists (Mennos and other such ikthes) relate to technology? I believe our early Anabaptist forebears offer us some clues.

The Anabaptist concept of the church set them distinctly apart from the Roman Catholic church and the Protestant reformers of their day. To them, the notion of the church and society as one unit was unacceptable. Instead the early Anabaptists believed in a voluntary church separate from the world. So strongly did they believe in such a separation that they were willing to suffer persecution at the hands of this said alliance of religious and civil authorities rather than conform to the status quo.

The early Anabaptists took seriously the misquoted verse above: they were among the first non-conformists, attempting to live separate from the world, a “peculiar” people. They tended to behave in ways that were different from the general population. I am reminded of this not-so-distant heritage every time I visit my Amish relatives in Ohio or my conservative Mennonite kin in New York. They have chosen a very different relationship to society and to technology in particular. They are doing fine and perhaps, are even more content than I. Such visits lead me to ponder whether Menno, Zwingli, (or Jesus for that matter) would stand in line for hours just to get the latest I-gadget.

But the early Anabaptists did not reject technology out of hand. They believed in separation from the world with two exceptions: a commitment to evangelism and a willingness to offer criticism of the social order. Such commitments led them to seek more effective ways to get their message out...

Communicating through the
Lens of Faith”

2019 AC Conference
Conference costs:
  • $250 shared room (limited availability)
  • $350 single room
  • $125 without lodging but including meals
  • $75 students (without lodging but including meals)

Don't forget, AC Members get a $25 conference discount as part of their membership! Use Promo Code ACMEMBER to redeem.
October 21-23
Massanetta Springs Conference Center
712 Massanetta Springs Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Speakers include:

Keynote speaker, Katie Steckly , will share tips and tricks related to communications, with a focus on YouTube

Beryl Jantzi , who will focus on faith-based communications and why being an Anabaptist Communicator is important

Judy Mullet , sharing on wellness and avoiding burnout for communicators

Look forward to:
  • Showing of "No Longer Theory," an EMU student-produced documentary
  • An ice cream social
  • Affinity group meet-ups
  • "AC Talks"
  • Networking
  • And more...
For more job opportunities, stay up to date on our Facebook page !
Editor for
The Christian Century
The Christian Century, a progressive Christian magazine of theology, politics, and culture, seeks an assistant editor to cover religion news in print and on the web. Candidates should have strong writing, editing, and reporting skills and be able to contribute as a member of a team covering mainline Christianity. Job requires news judgment, broad knowledge of contemporary religion, and familiarity with content management systems.
Inquiries are welcome. 

Send letter and resume to: Review of applications begins June 15.
Communications Coordinator
for MCC Haiti
The communications coordinator will use multi-platform, multi-media storytelling to share the context, challenges and solutions present in MCC’s work through local partners in Haiti. This will be done through a combination of storytelling (written, photography, graphic design and video), electronic media and social networking, for which the communications coordinator will be responsible. This position supervises a one-year communications assistant, reports to the country representative and collaborates with communications colleagues in the US and Canada.

Find out more here. Applications are due July 26.

Affinity Groups are self-led video conferencing sessions and are open to our members. Join for an hour-long conversation with colleagues across North America.

  • June 24 – Social Media
  • June 26 – Educators and Administrators

Contact Lisa Williams for more info!

Lancaster County Communicators
Join us for the first Lancaster County Communicators meet-up on Tuesday, June 25 at noon at Scratch Bakes ( 3 W Main St, Ephrata, PA 17522). Contact Diana Williams for more info!

KW Communicators
Meets the third Thursday of each month at 50 Kent Ave., Kitchener, Ontario, at noon. Contact Lisa Williams for more info!