Hula hoop

A Moment from Yesterday

June 16, 2021 | Opinion | Volume 25 Issue 13
Laureen Harder-Gissing | Mennonite Archives of Ontario
(The Canadian Mennonite / Mennonite Archives of Ontario)

Breaking with its usual formal style, The Canadian Mennonite decided to print a candid photo of church leaders in 1958. While lining up for the typical serious group photograph, men gathering at St. Catharines United Mennonite Church in St. Catharines, Ont. were interrupted by a young girl unselfconsciously swinging a hula hoop. The caption cheekily observed that “conferences sometimes also go in circles” but hastened to add that the choice of image had no “symbolic meaning.”

For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database, see

—June 17, 2021: The write-up initalliy misidentified the church in the photo. It has been updated.

More moments from yesterday:
Egg collection
Fruit basket
Helena Reimer
B.C. baptism
Herman Walde

(The Canadian Mennonite / Mennonite Archives of Ontario)

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