Author: David Warkentin

Book Review: The Listening Day

David Warkentin reviews Paul Pastor’s The Listening Day: Meditations on the Way. It’s often said that Cascadia is a center for the religious nones (those who do not identify with any one religion) or those who identify as “spiritual but not religious.” God isn’t necessarily a problem, they think, but the church certainly is. They view religious authority with suspicion or deem it irrelevant for personal spirituality. Here’s where traditional devotional books can fail to connect with Cascadians. If a book too clearly presents a theological view, a foundational Christian concept, or a particular spiritual practice, Cascadia is likely to...

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My Journey to Privilege

What can we learn from Mennonite privilege? I grew up as a Mennonite in Cascadia. Now, in Cascadia, most Mennonite stereotypes are irrelevant. No horse and buggy or German language for me. I’m not a farmer (although Cascadia does have many Mennonite farmers). I vote. I pay taxes. I own a house. I’m educated. I have relatives who have served in the military. One stereotype, however, does hold true: I’m white. (And it is a stereotype. Globally, only 19% of Mennonites are in Europe or North America. The rest are in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.) In many ways,...

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Walking Together

David Warkentin interviews Patti Victor about the hopes and challenges of Christian and Indigenous reconciliation. “I’m an Indigenous leader and a Pentecostal pastor.” This is how Patti Victor introduces herself. And many find it surprising. These two roles don’t normally go together in Cascadia. Why? Because Cascadia’s Indigenous communities and the church have had a tenuous relationship, to say the least. In the Vancouver area, Christians often played a prominent role in the area’s settlement. Churches were active partners with the government in running residential schools. These schools forced the removal of children from their communities, stripping them of...

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Welcome to the Land of Losers

Cascadian athletes have experienced a lot of disappointment, but there’s still plenty to cheer. Cascadia could be called the land of sporting disappointment. Between Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, championships are few and far between. Most prominent, no doubt, are the Seattle Seahawks, who after suffering years of futility and loss, finally won the coveted Super Bowl, only to see that celebration quickly tempered by an errant play call the next year. Victory, it’s clear, is fleeting. For sport in Cascadia, disappointment is our way. Baseball fans are left with a Mariners’ legacy that includes record seasons and hall of...

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