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"I have never heard the editor's vision for the magazine," said a reader when asked what she thought of Canadian Mennonite. The observation caught me up short. Assuming my vision was implicit in the biweekly conversation I engender, being explicit with my goals and aspirations didn't seem necessary.Part of my vision, too, is to have readers take more ownership and responsibility for what appears on our pages and on our website. From preliminary returns of our readership survey (the deadline for which just ended), there is still too much regionalism among us. Such complaints as "too much news/views from the west," or vice-versa, "too much from the east," or "too much from the Russian Mennonites," or, "too much from Swiss Mennonites)' are parochial and can be divisive.While ethnic self-identities die hard, let's make a special effort to look at MC Canada as a faith community united, as a national church with a mission to strengthen "all" of the saints, and to spread the good news regardless of local preferences. What happens in a small congregation in British Columbia should be of vital interest to congregants in Waterloo, Ont. We are one body in Christ.
2 Canadian Mennonite April 4, 2011
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