Becoming unbound


  • André Gingerich Stoner


discipleship, martyrs mirror, martyrs, mennonites, chosen trauma, identity


Much of the substance of this article was first shared April 14, 2012, in a joint presentation with Iris de León– Hartshorn to a meeting of Mennonite Church USA Executive Board, the Constituency Leaders Council (including conference ministers), and several churchwide agency boards.

An abbreviated version of this article appeared in a Church to Church column, “Our Victim Mentality,” in Mennonite World Review, May 28, 2012.

Author Biography

André Gingerich Stoner

André Gingerich Stoner is director of interchurch relations and holistic witness for Mennonite Church USA. He previously served sixteen years as pastor of missions at Kern Road Mennonite Church in South Bend, Indiana, and on two ecumenical peace assignments in Europe with Mennonite Central Committee. He and his wife, Cathy, have four children. Together with several other households they live as intentional neighbors in South Bend’s near northwest neighborhood.