The news was not surprising:
With MennoLink activity slowing to a crawl over the past several years, I have decided it is time to acknowledge that it has served its purpose and end the service.
I plan to turn the lights out on MennoLink at the end of December this year. Until then, you have time to wrap up any loose ends you may have with topics that are unique to this forum. If there are people you connect with mainly on MennoLink, this is a time to find alternate ways to stay in touch.
The MennoLink bookstore is also closing. We are motivated to reduce our inventory as much as possible over the next several months. Visit
and order online or make Laura an offer by calling 507 427 3105. If it is in inventory, she is likely to accept any reasonable offer (usually there is only one copy of each title in inventory).
When MennoLink was born, it was cutting edge regarding electronic discussions. It grew and grew, with a variety of subcategories of discussion groups with hundreds of subscribers and many regular participants. A couple of notables were Charlie Kraybill and Ross Bender, with Barry King as the conservative foil to the more liberal contributors. As Jon Harder notes, the activity has slowed to a crawl, with presumably folks spending more time at other venues such as FaceBook or their own blogs. However, I have not found any other forum where there is such a wide and deep discussion as there was at MennoLink. I will miss it.