Tradition and hope

A Mennonite chain of memory


  • Sarah Kathleen Johnson Saint Paul University


memory, ethnic Mennonite, distinctives, identity, Mennonite


There is nothing wrong with being Mennonite based on theological convictions or because of ethnic heritage. But neither of these ways of understanding what it means to be Mennonite is adequate in 2025. Being Mennonite in 2025 is bigger than ethnicity and theology. I would like to propose a third option: being Mennonite is about belonging to a chain of memory—about claiming connection to a past, a present, and a future that we share.

Author Biography

Sarah Kathleen Johnson, Saint Paul University

Sarah Kathleen Johnson, PhD (University of Notre Dame), is assistant professor of liturgy and pastoral theology at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Ontario. She served as the worship resources editor for Voices Together (2020) and the editor of Voices Together: Worship Leader Edition (2020). She is also the co-editor of a collection of essays, Worship and Power: Liturgical Authority in Free Church Traditions (2023). Sarah is ordained for ministry in Mennonite Church Eastern Canada.