Although for most of Mennonite history separation from the world was the desire, Mennonites have always lived ‘in the world’. That has meant they always had neighbours, and often neighbours who were indigenous—they were there first. Neighbours are the theme of the feature articles in this issue. In Canada, that meant indigenous peoples both during the period of settlement and thereafter. Articles by Gerhard Ens, Darren Courchene, Leonard Doell and a reflection by Maria Campbell explore that relationship. In the Russian Empire indigenous neighbours were the nomadic Nogai and Kazakhs and Aileen Friesen provides a glimpse into those relationships. Royden Loewen points us to the rich interdependency, but separateness of Mennonite relations with their Latino neighbours.
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