Anyway, I reasoned, wouldn’t a Menno chap be just the kind of partner I’m looking for? I live two hours from the nearest Mennonite church, and I don’t attend every Sunday. Is this a question of my place on the liberal-conservative spectrum or of my belief in Mennonite pillars of faith?After weeks of fighting the idea of dating online, I finally began the application process. Three food items that best represent Mennonites for you. If I were a Mennonite of Russian descent from Kansas, I might say zweiback or borscht.A few months ago, I discovered a Mennonite online dating service: Menno Meet (a friend asked, “Menno Meet or Menno Meat? It’s a members-only network, so to participate you have to apply. Knowing also how ambivalent some of my generation are about their Mennonite faith, I imagine it’s a way to discern active believers from those merely claiming a Mennonite cultural identity. In responding to this, I’m faced with questions that have nagged at me for several years: I’m not convinced that the aspects of the Mennonite faith that I hold most dear (simplicity, community support and accountability, the peace church stance, service) are necessarily Mennonite truths across the country.
So it didn’t really bother me when she told me she grew up Mennonite, and lived that way for the first 25 years of her life. She said she wasn’t very religious anymore, and was drinking enough beer to back that up, so I decided to go for it. Mourners arrive for the funeral of the Esh family in Marrowbone, Ky., Tuesday, March 30, 2010. w=389" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1731" title="Esh" alt="" src="https://itsnotamatch.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/mennonite-funeral.jpg?But lucky for you, dear reader, I am not at all normal. “I don’t know,” she said, and then explained how flat and lugubrious they were.The sentence, “they have all these old, lugubrious looking tires” is what sold me on her. Well, during my first drink with Marcia the Mennonite, we got to talking about Costco–because I know how to sweet talk a lady–and she had recently bought tires there. You know, your standard flirty romcom conversation. Historically, Mennonites were forbidden to marry non-Mennonites and, in some cases, members of other Mennonite groups.Presently, only the more conservative ones proscribe marriage outside the group.