I’ll admit at the outset–I used to read YAR and comment on post back in the day, but got busy with seminary. But, now that I’m out of school I’ve had renewed time and interest in reading again. I don’t feel like I have much of a right to comment on the state of YAR, because I’ve not been back int the blogosphere long. But, I’m going to comment anyway.
It’s been five years since YAR got started. When I first started reading, there was a decent balance between men and women commenting and posting. And there were a lot of questions about who this group was, who it included and excluded, and what this group wanted to be.
Looking at where the group is now, and using my powers of deduction, I see a lot of white, cradle Mennonite guys posting on this site. I wonder what happened to the women. I don’t see them posting much.
That’s leads me to my question for this group–when I look at the suggested taglines for YAR, it makes me wonder if these taglines maintain an exclusive vibe to them. The biggest culprits are the ones that really made me laugh–“Quilting outside the lines” and “Not necessarily naked”. I almost voted for one of them, but then I realized that this feeds right into the insider problem of the Mennonite church.
At the convention this summer, I was very aware that besides the obvious tension around sexuality, there is an ever-present anxiety about who is in and who is out. There seemed to be an underlying tension between people of color who have adopted an Anabaptist perspective on scripture, and dyed-in-the-wool Mennonites who consider hymn-singing to be mandatory part of the tradition.
But, I wonder, here on this blog do we want to perpetuate the ongoing problem of insider-outsider issues by adopting an insider tagline? Or do we want to live into something more radically open? Clearly, you know how I feel about it. What do you think?