Another World is Neccessary: Anarchism, Christianity and the Race from the White House

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : July 29, 2008

I’ll be presenting at the upcoming Jesus Radicals conference in Columbus, Ohio. My session (on the relationship between Church and State) will be on Friday afternoon. If you’re in the area, drop by. I’d love to meet some of the folks who frequent this site. Here’s the info:

August 15-16, 2008
St. John’s Episcopal
1003 W Town
Columbus, OH 43223
Contact: jesusradicals [at]

As election fever rises throughout the United States and the contest for the White House becomes more fierce, the masses will clamor for a new Commander in Chief to assume the seat of American power. This year, it seems as if the game has changed as a female candidate appears to fulfill feminist dreams and a viable Black candidate raises hopes for Black freedom and signals the weakening of racism. But is this really the case? For those who follow the One who confronted the powers and embrace the One who came as a Suffering Servant, these changes are not enough to leave this political system unchallenged. For those who envision an egalitarian world in which order and organization do not rely on the ever-present threat of state violence, bowing before the ballot box will not be an option.

Join us for this year’s Anarchism and Christianity conference as we explore alternatives to mainstream approaches to key issues raised in the current election, dream beyond the political options of our present system and imagine the other world we want to create. Get detailed session and housing info, and register to attend.

Mark Van Steenwyk is the editor of He is a Mennonite pastor (Missio Dei in Minneapolis), writer, speaker, and grassroots educator. He lives in South Minneapolis with his wife (Amy), son (Jonas) and some of their friends.

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    I may just have to take a day off from work and make the journey to Columbus for this. Sounds fun and interesting. Plus I will get the chance to meet more like-minded folks. There don't seem to be too many "radicals" around NW Indiana.
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    ok so i am sure this is some where on the site but can i get a recording of this session some where? i am very very interested but will not be able to attend.
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    Yes, they'll make them available later. I'll provide a link here when that is available.
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    I was so excited to read that there was going to be this conference and then and there decided I was goint to attend and then found it was last week. [Watson's Law]. How can we read the talks given or any other information? It is very important to those of us who had not discovered JM til recently. Joel


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