We read Julia Kasdorf’s lovely essay that begins with her memories of Mennonite community. In it she explores the ways in which being a self requires an other who can see one whole as it is impossible to do for one’s self. That insight gives a positive value to boundaries as necessary limits that define one’s self. Perhaps also as protective, though she acknowledges that the body’s bouMennonites leaning on a fence.ndary can be broken in ways that are harmful.

Extending her insight from the micro scale of a person to the larger scale of communities and nations, suggests that boundaries can  confer belonging on those who are inside them and that they have a protective function as well as an exclusionary one. In the final paragraph she hopes for a way of being in community that does not requires crushing — as the grains for wheat are to make a loaf of bread; rather more like singing in parts.