Modern life

A Moment from Yesterday

March 10, 2021 | Opinion | Volume 25 Issue 6
Laureen Harder-Gissing | Mennonite Archives of Ontario
(Photo: David L. Hunsberger / Mennonite Archives of Ontario)

“The car [is] the child and charm of modernity,” writes sociologist Donald Kraybill. A century ago, this new technology became another dividing line between Mennonites who contested or accepted—even embraced—modern life. This photo of horse sheds outside Elmira Mennonite Church, Ont., in 1955, captures a moment of embrace. How will coming changes in transportation technology influence our faith?

For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database, see archives.mhsc.ca.

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(Photo: David L. Hunsberger / Mennonite Archives of Ontario)

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