I was not raised in the Mennonite church; I came to it later in life. It was primarily the commitment to nonviolence that drew me in, though I soon learned that there is more to like about being a Mennonite than that.
One of the things I admire about Mennonites is their respect for history.
It's only in the last few years that I've felt free
to resist a biblical text, free to accept that such resistance is "allowed." It
still isn't something that comes easily for me, given my particular seminary
training--not to mention my fundamentalist upbringing.