Welcome to the Global Anabaptist Wiki
Sharing Stories, Shaping Identity
The Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition traces its beginnings to the Radical Reformation in the sixteenth century. The early Anabaptists were deeply indebted to both Catholic and Protestant understandings of faith, but they differed with these groups in their emphasis on adult baptism, an ethic of love in all human relations (including enemies), and a view of the church as a community of equal members committed to being disciples of Christ together. In the centuries that followed, the Anabaptist movement took root primarily in Europe, Russia and North America, with its main groups identified as the Mennonites, Hutterites and Amish. During the twentieth century, however, the Anabaptist movement has become a global reality. Today the majority of the 1.5 million Anabaptist-Mennonites live in southern hemisphere, with active congregations in at least 75 different countries.
The Global Anabaptist Wiki is an interactive community of Anabaptist-Mennonite groups from around the world. Initiated by the Mennonite Historical Library at Goshen College, the site is committed to helping individual groups: 1) tell their own story; 2) post and preserve electronic archives; and 3) become better informed about other groups in the global Anabaptist fellowship. Like all wiki-based projects, this is a collaborative venture that relies on the local expertise of many people. Take some time to explore where Anabaptist communities exist around the world.
To get started select a region on the map (below) and follow the appropriate links.
To find more information about a specific group enter a key word in the site search box (to the left) or select a region on the map (below) and follow the appropriate links. You can also find groups by browsing through the different Branches of the Anabaptist Church.
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To find more information about a specific group enter a key word in the site search box (to the left) or browse by region:
or through different Branches of the Anabaptist Church.
What is Mennonite World Conference?
Mennonite World Conference (MWC) is a global faith community in the Anabaptist tradition that links together Anabaptist-related churches and engages other world communions and organizations. Every six to seven years Mennonite and Brethren in Christ conferences and groups gather for a general assembly.
In 2006 MWC included 217 organized Mennonite or Brethren in Christ conferences across 75 countries and six continents. Membership stood at 1,478,540, with 60% of members living in Africa, Asia, or Latin America.
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