Menno Simmons

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Menno Simons Christ.” a doubt, is, without
the greatest figure in the history of the Mennonite Church. He was not only the founder, but is often called the regenerator of the Anabaptist movement. This is because, during the sixteenth century, when the Anabaptists were losing their identity, he assumed leadership. Through his prolific writing and moderate leadership he was able to unify the nonviolent wing of the Dutch Anabaptist and maintain their peaceful beliefs. Menno’s followers then became known as the Mennonites.

The word “Mennonite” today can mean a variety of things. Some groups are more evangelical than others; some groups are focused on Bible study and prayer; other groups are carefully maintaining the worksbased tradition set out by their ancestors; and, some groups have left the faith of their fathers and focus instead on current social issues. However, they all share the common principles of nonviolence, nonresistance and pacifism.

Ellie Silverman
Monday, November 7th, 2011 AP European History Mr. Giammarco Period 6

An Anabaptist Sect

Speak Pennsylvania Dutch (similar to German) -Refuse to participate in politics and other so-called “sins of the world. -School children in church operated schools Conservative Mennonites . 3. The centrality and inspiration of the Bible and in Jesus Christ as the One sent by God to bring reconciliation between the Creator and the broken world 3. Emphasize the connections between faith. therefore. and being a diverse and multicultural church Major Events 1. they do not fight in wars.Trusting the leadership of God’s Spirit in a way that reflects the -Emphasize peace. when Conrad Grebel led a group in baptizing each other in Zurich. 4. Anabaptism was launched in 1525. suburban and middle class. AfricanAmerican or Asian. Emphasize community. Voluntary baptism and church membership 2. in the Netherlands. Thousands of these Anabaptists ("rebaptizers") were persecuted and martyred during the next two generations 4.Use horse and buggy for transportation . words and actions. Modern day Mennonites number and Cross Cultural almost 1 million worldwide with churches in North and South America. Menno Simons converted to Anabaptism in 1536. Africa. Europe and Asia. 2. Value both Protestant and Catholic origins 5. strengthening and defending the persecuted Anabaptists through his preaching and writing . North American Mennonites are mostly white. Official churches immediately opposed the group and many others like it in Europe. and service life and teaching of Jesus Other Mennonites Old Order Mennonites . evangelical Protestant congregations -No special forms of dress or restrictions on technology -Established their own colleges and universities -Strayed away from strict Bible teaching -Accept women pastors -Embrace homosexual unions --Focus of peace studies and social justice issues -Do not stress on the need of s Savior as a sacrifice for sins -Focus on maintaining good works and service to others Around the World 1. Nearly 20% of Mennonites in the United States are Hispanic. Today's Mennonite Church is one of several groups that grew out of the Protestant Reformation in the early 1500s 2. Beliefs 1. Switzerland 3. 6. He traveled throughout northwestern Europe.Maintain conservative dress but accept most other technology -Not a unified groupdivided into various different conferences Moderate Mennonites -Differ very little from other conservative. peace and love. community. Peace building is an achievable way of life.

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