Join us in recording Anabaptist life in today’s changing world. Historical, biological, and social realities have made 2020 an exceptional year. Anabaptist History Today invites you to share your stories as you live in these times (para español, haga clic aquí).

As someone who identifies as Anabaptist, you might focus on how the novel coronavirus pandemic has impacted your life or the life of your congregation. You might reflect on engaging the Black Lives Matter movement’s call for racial justice. You might share art responding to everyday moments or global conversations. You might share how your faith and practices help you through the day, or maybe how they don’t.

If your congregation, school, or organization would like to challenge members to submit stories as a group effort, we can assign a tag to make it easy to browse your collection.

Sixteen Anabaptist history organizations are working together to invite, preserve, and share your stories. This effort builds community, educates today, and will become part of the historical record for the future.

What Should I Share?

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Recent Submissions

  • Conservative Anabaptist Groups and COVID-19

    A panel discussion hosted by Professor Marlene Epp, director of the Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies at Conrad Grebel University College. Panelists include Abe Harms, Gerry Horst, Kenny Wollmann, and Ben Nobbs-Thiessen.
  • Empty

    During COVID-19 we experienced temporary shortages. Items like milk, toilet paper, yeast, and flour we snapped up as people prepared for the lock down. This is the first time I experienced the shelves at my local grocery store being empty of milk. This surprised me and the seriousness of the lock down became more real.
  • Journal of the COVID Year

    The author wrote this poem almost daily during the early days of the pandemic, and it expresses that painful reality.
  • COVID Chronicles - Portland Mennonite Church

    COVID Chronicles is a project of Portland Mennonite Church (PMC) in Portland, Oregon. The purpose is to help people affiliated with PMC connect with each other during this time when we are not able to meet and worship in-person because of the global pandemic. Through podcast interviews, we hear stories about where we came from, how we came to be at PMC and what our lives are like during this historic time. The project began mid-July 2020.
  • A pastor's protest experience

    Todd Gusler lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he is the pastor of Rossmere Mennonite Church. On Sunday May 31, 2020 a protest against police brutality and the murder of George Floyd was scheduled to be held in downtown Lancaster. Organized by a local group, the protest was meant to be a car rally so people could participate while socially distancing from each other due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Participants were to drive a prearranged route that went past the police station. Below is an account of Todd’s experience that was originally posted to his Facebook page.
  • An Anabaptist Sunday Morning

    The time of the Covid-19 pandemic has caused many changes in life's routine. Sunday mornings in the time of Covid mean staying at home and sheltering. Worship takes a form on these Sundays different from the usual routine. This short report tells about how Sundays have changed for me.
  • Bethel College COVID-19 Update, Sept. 4, 2020

    Update about Bethel College COVID cluster and follow-up.
  • An Elderly Menno in the Time of Black Lives Matter

    Goshen College Alumnus Dan Haarer wrote these reflections on a lifetime of experiences to share with family and friends. We share this with Dan's permission.
  • COVID-19, racial justice and community

    Ken Hochstetler, President and CEO of Everence, discusses how the first seven months of 2020 have brought dramatic change and upheaval for all of us – and it’s during times of uncertainty that our relationships with each other are more essential than ever.
  • A reading list on race and economic justice

    We must look deeper at what it means to live in community with one another. From the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on diverse and economically disadvantaged communities to attacks on people of color to protests denouncing injustice across our country, it is imperative that we consider how our neighbors, brothers, sisters and friends experience community – as well as if, how and why their experiences may differ from our own. To help all of us step up to this responsibility, Everence has developed a Faith, Race and Money reading list might help you and/or your group learn more about issues of race, faith, money and injustice – how they came to be, intersect, and continue to impact communities of color yet today.
  • National church financial trends: Before and after COVID-19

    Webinar recording: Churches have rapidly adapted to the financial swings of the COVID-19 pandemic – on top of significant adaptations in recent years due to changing societal trends. Lake Institute on Faith & Giving has conducted comprehensive research on this topic in two studies: 1) the National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices, and 2) Faith and Giving in the Time of COVID-19. Listen to this webinar recording on these studies to learn more about the economic practices of congregations, including how they receive, manage, and spend financial resources in the midst of change.
  • Washington, D.C., NFL team agrees to reconsider racist name

    News release: Praxis Mutual Funds®, a fund family of Everence®, signed on to letters calling on Nike, Pepsi, and FedEx to terminate their business and public relationships with the National Football League’s Washington, D.C., franchise if it does not stop using the name “Redskins,” a term long considered racist by American Indians.
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