10 Canadian Mennonite January 25, 2010
E Two-state solution may achieve was the comment by Ken Seitz, former MCC rep-
Micah’s vision of peace resentative in Lebanon, that MCC does not see the
continued existence of the nation of Israel (“the Jewish
While visiting Canada recently, I read with state,” he calls it) as an essential part of its vision of
interest the series of editorials and letters in response peace in the Holy Land (“Walking the talk,” Oct. 5,
to allegations that Mennonite Central Committee page 2).
(MCC) maintains an “anti-Israeli” position with re- Seitz is implying, I take it, that MCC is not commit-
spect to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ted to a “two-state solution” that would recognize and
What particularly caught my attention in this debate protect Israeli sovereignty, while granting Palestinians
New Order Voice
The ‘cult of celebrity’ is As Mennonites, we know that each
member of the community is valued:
the preacher and teacher sit next to the
cook and the caregiver, and they discern
together. At best, we listen to and elevate
Aiden Enns the needs of the weaker brother or sister.
This is profoundly countercultural and
his week, in my work as a magazine me to co-write this column for Canadian why I’m keen on being Mennonite.
editor, a writer rejected my invita- Mennonite and to edit a magazine with But in our communities (in church
tion to write, citing reasons of not the tagline, “Holy mischief in an age of circles and beyond) we still fall prey to
wanting to be a “somebody.” fast faith.” the cult of celebrity and give inordinate
This person, I’ll call her Angel, said she In some people’s eyes this makes me attention and power to some over others.
had problems with famous people, how a “somebody.” I blame this upon our cul- This is the time for caring confronta-
we treat them, and what it does to our