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Mennonites, Mennonites, Everywhere are Mennonites!

Southern Manitoba is filled with Anabaptists of the Mennonite and Hutterite traditions--traditions that object to war and fighting in war, though Anabaptism doesn't refer to pacificism but to adult baptism, which includes all Baptists. Because Mennonites are generously sprinkled through nearly all social, economic, political and religions groups here in Winnipeg and the rest of the province, it is helpful to know their origins. Joe Kissell, for "Interesting Thing of the Day," writes the following:


Anabaptism

The third way of Christianity

Early Anabaptist Martyrs

The history of Christianity is alternately fascinating and tragic—often both at the same time. I have always been amazed that the religion whose founder taught his followers to “turn the other cheek” and “love your enemies” has produced so much war, violence, and intolerance over the centuries. Equally amazing to me are the massive and seemingly irreconcilable differences between different brands of Christianity, and even between individual adherents of any particular brand. This is all the more poignant considering that, according to the New Testament, the one prayer Jesus offered for future generations of believers was “that they may be one”—he hoped that by their own unity, they would demonstrate the unity of God. Continue reading.

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Harmony said…
Debbie ... I stumbled upon your site one day when I was searching for websites of interests in God. At first the name of your blog intrigued me then I read some of your posts. When I looked at the websites of interest to you I discovered you are the mother of a friend of my grand daughter. Small world indeed. I frequently read your posts and am most interested in this article as I have worked and lived in a mennonite community in southern MB. Thank you so much for bringing to my attention this piece. It has offered me new insights into the people in this community. SJ
Hi Harmony! Good to see you here! Welcome! There sure are a lot of Mennonites here in Manitoba, aren't there? They're good people and I've been blessed to have many of them in my life.

Yes, it is a small world. Which son, I wonder.

Blessings on you.

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WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA

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