In the mid-1960s, when Americans of all backgrounds were publicly challenging widely held beliefs about racial segregation, consumer society, the Vietnam War and women’s rights, changes were also taking place within the two largest Mennonite denominations: the (old) Mennonite Church (MC) and the General Conference (GC) Mennonite Church. Many Mennonite youth were beginning to question church teachings about forms of service and personal expression.
This was a time when many Christians felt that the non-church setting of a coffee house provided an informal, neutral ground in which to bridge the cultural chasms that existed in America.
A truncated version of my essay was published in The Mennonite: “For love, for friends, for questions: Elkhart’s Partly Dave Coffee House ministry, 1966-1975” The Mennonite, October 1, 2013.
“Union with such as we might perhaps otherwise never know”: John F. Funk and the Herald of Truth, 1854-1864″ Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage, April 2015.
John F. Funk left the Mennonite fold but still felt connected to the faith of his youth. Using the modern medium of newspapers, he sought to unite Mennonite communities across the nation and around the world, and in the process created a forum for discussion and debate.
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