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Naked Anabaptist goes to school

   
 


The Naked Anabaptist

   

Mennonite Church Canada/Mennonite Publishing Network joint release
December 17, 2010
-John Longhurst

WATERLOO, Ont. and SCOTTDALE, Pa.— There’s a Naked Anabaptist at Menno Simons Christian School!

This fall the staff and board members at the Calgary, Alta. school are studying the Herald Press book, The Naked Anabaptist, in an effort to “truly understand what it means to be an Anabaptist Mennonite school,” says Principal Byron Thiessen.

Since only 18 percent of students at the school, which offers classes for kindergarten to grade nine, identify as being Mennonite, Thiessen thought the book would be a good way to “peel away the layers of who we are as believers and ask, ‘what is Anabaptism and what should it look like at Menno Simons Christian School?’”

He hopes that, by studying the book, the school will find ways to retain its “distinctiveness or uniqueness. As one of five Christian schools in our school division, it is really important to us to have our own niche.”

The book is also being used to help the school develop “a ‘frame of reference’ for making decisions for what we should teach or support as a school,” he says.

Studying the book has been “such a positive thing,” he adds. “It’s a good experience for our community.”

Herald Press is the book imprint of Mennonite Publishing Network, the publishing ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.