July 1974 · Vol. 3 No. 2 · p. 193 

In This Issue

Delbert L. Wiens

Who are we? Where are we going? Before these questions can be addressed, there must be an answer to a prior question. Where have we come from?

Our need for a sense of our history as Mennonite Brethren is being expressed at many levels. Celebrations like those taking place in Kansas are one way to look back at our heritage. The collection of historical records and the writing of histories is another way. In this issue Katie Funk Wiebe reflects upon the potential meaning of the 1974 Kansas Centennial, and John A. Toews describes what he thought about prior to, and during, the writing of a new history of our Church. J. B. Toews has provided for us a manifesto, in the full sense of the word. It both clarifies a need and is a call to action.

With this issue Vern Ratzlaff relinquishes the most onerous of his editorial duties. He has shepherded Direction through printing, proof reading, and mailing, as well as overseeing the finances. This fall he joins the faculty of Tabor College. Our thanks to him, and our gratitude /condolences to Howard Loewen for undertaking these exacting and time-consuming tasks.