Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective

Author: General Conference Mennonite Church
Publisher: Herald Press (VA)
ISBN: 9780836190434
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Adopted by the General Conference Mennonite Church and the Mennonite Church at Wichita, Kansas, July 1995. The 24 articles and summary statement were accepted by both groups as their statement of faith for teaching and nurture in the life of the church.

Insel zweier Welten

Author: Geraldine Brooks
Publisher: btb Verlag
ISBN: 364107567X
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Zwei Menschen, die sich finden. Zwei Welten, die aufeinanderprallen Nordamerika, 1660 – auf einer kleinen Insel, die heute Martha‘s Vineyard heißt: die 12-jährige Bethia wächst in einer puritanischen Siedlung auf. Ihr Vater ist Prediger, ein strenger Mann, dessen Mission es ist, seinen Glauben auf das Eiland vor Cape Cod zu bringen, das sich die englischen Siedler mit den Wampanoag-Indianern teilen. Doch Bethia fühlt sich fast magisch angezogen von diesen Fremden, die sie oft heimlich auf ihren Streifzügen durch die wilde Natur der Insel beobachtet. Eines Tages trifft sie auf Caleb, den Sohn eines Häuptlings. Auch er ist fasziniert von dem Mädchen mit den blauen Augen und dem wachen Verstand. Die beiden knüpfen ein zartes Band. Doch als sie heranwachsen, kommt der Moment, an dem sie gezwungen werden, für ihre Freundschaft und für ihren Platz im Leben zu kämpfen ...

Mennonites in Dialogue

Author: Fernando Enns
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1498203647
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Ecumenical dialogue is not an end in itself. It serves as an indispensable instrument to overcome the divisive, mutual misinterpretations of the past. Ecumenical encounters pave the way toward healing painful memories and lead to a deeper understanding of the church's given unity, thus becoming a more credible witness of that truth. Mennonites in Dialogue is a collection of all conversation texts involving Mennonites on international and national levels, covering forty years of encounters with Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Reformed, Baptists, and Seventh-Day Adventists, among others. The texts illustrate growth in agreement as well as identify the remaining convictions that still divide. Several texts appear here for the first time in English. An introductory essay provides an overview of the motivations for dialogue, the challenges faced--both in the processes of dialogue and in their substance--as these conversations evolved, the achievements gained, and the prospects for the future. A detailed index enables a more effective comparison of the topics and issues throughout the collection. Mennonites in Dialogue is an indispensable resource for anyone seeking to understand the process of identity formation within the Christian tradition through encounter with the other, as well as a rich introduction to the theology of that global peace church--the Mennonites.

Growth in Agreement III

Author: Jeffrey Gros
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802862292
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This volume contains the official dialogue results and common statements issued between 1998 and 2005 by an astonishingly wide range of Christian churches and communions. Reflected here are the solid advances made by well-established dialogue partners, as well as explorations in dialogue by churches new to the dialogue process at world level. Also included is the ecclesiology text adopted by WCC member churches at their assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

No Strings Attached

Author: Rachel Nafziger Hartzler
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1621896358
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No Strings Attached is the story of a Mennonite congregation in Indiana that existed for eighty-six years. The congregation began during the social and religious turmoil of the 1920s when some Mennonites in North America held to rigid doctrines and ethics implemented by central authority, and others operated with a congregational polity and became more assimilated into secular culture. The struggle between these two different understandings of faithfulness was most passionately played out in northern Indiana. Placing the narrative of this congregation within the context of 500 years of Mennonite history illustrates the grace and the tension that has both beset and empowered a unique group of people who began as radical reformers during the Protestant Reformation of the 1500s. These Christians, who became known as Anabaptists, held to believers baptism and separation of church and state. Although "no strings attached" refers to women's 1920s headwear without strings or ribbons, it could also be the story of the pastor eating lunch on the peak of the steep roof of the church building! Reflecting on stories of these Mennonite people is an invitation to move into the future with courageous hope. Believing and behaving differently has not prevented Middlebury Mennonites from treating each other respectfully, living in a community of love, joy, and peace, and offering God's healing and hope to each other and to the world.

Mennonites and Media Mentioned in It Maligned by It and Makers of It

Author: Steven P. Carpenter
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630877735
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Anabaptists and Mennonites have often been the subject of media scrutiny: sometimes admired, at other times maligned. Luther called them schwarmar, a German word meaning "fanatics" that alludes to a swarm of bees. In contrast, American independent film producer John Sayles drew inspiration from Mennonite conscientious objectors for his 1987 award-winning film, Matewan. Voltaire's Candide features a virtuous Anabaptist. Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest contains an Anabaptist reference. An Anabaptist chaplain is central to Joseph Heller's antiwar classic, Catch-22. President Lincoln and General Stonewall Jackson both had something to say about Mennonites. Garrison Keillor tells Mennonite jokes. These are just a few of the dozens of fascinating media references, dating from the early 1500s through the present, which are chronicled and analyzed here. Mennonites, although often considered media-shy, have in fact used media to great advantage in shaping their faith and identity. Beginning with the Martyrs Mirror, this book examines the writings of Mennonite authors John Howard Yoder, Donald Kraybill, Rudy Wiebe, Rhoda Janzen, and Malcolm Gladwell. Citing books, film, art, theater, and Ngram, the online culturomic tool developed by Harvard University and Google, the author demonstrates that Mennonites "punch above their weight class" in the media, and especially in print.