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.

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.

Anabaptist History Today thanks the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University for its support.

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Recent Submissions

  • COVID-19 Grant Awardee

    On November 2, 2020, the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University announced Anabaptist History Today as one of 17 COVID-19 Grant awardees. The award provides critical funding for projects that contribute to advancing history in the public interest in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath.
  • Mennonite Educational Institute Screaming Eagles Virtual Performance of "O Canada"

    The MEI Screaming Eagles Marching Band directed by Chad Joiner has annually taken part in the Yarrow Days Parade held in June. However, during the COVID-19 school closures in the spring of 2020, the Screaming Eagles embarked on creating a virtual O – Canada performance to celebrate with their friends in Yarrow.
  • Window Visits During COVID-19

    For me and my family , COVID-19 has become very real. Writing this short story about my father’s experience has reconfirmed for me how crucial daily communication and face-to-face dialogue with family and friends eases the isolation, loneliness, and confusion that so many seniors face.
  • One Congregation's Response to Code Orange

    This is one church's response to code orange... Intentional, Caring, Thought Out, and Respectful. Dear Church Family, In response to surging Covid-19 numbers in Manitoba and in attempt to help the health system be able to provide care to all in the province, the Manitoba Government has mandated some additional restrictions, effective Monday November 2. We as a congregation are choosing to comply with the guidelines for two very important reasons: It is our Christian calling to obey our governments unless they are asking us to do something that is contrary to God’s will or Biblical teaching (Romans 13); none of the government mandates (wearing masks, distancing, smaller group sizes) violate God’s teachings; in fact, we could argue they affirm the Biblical call to care for the most vulnerable and to put the needs of others ahead of our own It is our Christian calling to love our neighbours and we believe that observing the restrictions placed on us is a powerful demonstration of this essential commandment. We recognize that not all congregations in our community are following what the government has mandated (eg. most churches in Winkler have been singing for weeks and some don’t social distance). We’ve chosen not to do what the majority is doing or to see how much we can get away with; instead we’ve chosen a path of greatest potential community benefit and care. Our decisions are in no way a sign that we don’t trust God to care for us (as some people suggest); our decisions indicate our deep love for all in our society and a recognition that God invites us to make wise, informed choices. Like Jesus in the wilderness (read Matthew 4:5-7), we don’t believe it is right to unnecessarily “put God to the test”, simply to satisfy some of our personal desires or discomforts. Out of an abundance of caution and concern for our community (and to comply with Government Code Orange mandates), we are choosing to make the following changes, effective Monday November 2. With all of you we are longing for the time when we can resume many of the things we used to do. We believe being careful now is the best path to that possibility. Sunday Morning Worship Will continue to be offered In-Person and Online but we will now only be able to welcome a maximum of 75 attenders to our in-person services All those attending will be required to pre-register for the service(s) they plan to attend; we will not be able to admit walk-ups Persons attending will be required to wear masks when entering, exiting or moving around within the building; masks are encouraged but optional when you are seated in a physically distant way. As in our schools, children grade 4 and younger are exempt from mask use. We will limit numbers on the stage to 5 or less. All other practices (careful entry and exit; physically distanced seating, etc.) will continue. In Person GPS will not be offered during the time that we are in Code Orange Wednesday Morning Coffee in the Foyer will not be offered during the time that we are in Code Orange A Last Word – There is nothing about Covid-19 that is predictable; things are changing rapidly. We realize that things may change again, as soon as next week or perhaps a few weeks down the road, and that there really won’t be a last word till a vaccine is created and effective. However, this is our plan for now while we’re in Code Orange. Please continue to pray for the church leadership as we make decisions and please, let’s remain united in Christ even if we don’t all interpret all decisions in the same way. We are all seeking to be faithful and “to be an inviting, Christ-centred community in which people are being transformed to live like Jesus.” On behalf of Church Council Executive and Staff (and in consultation with medical professionals)
  • We are blessed in the city, we are blessed in the field

    Because of the pandemic we were not able to host two very important events in which to tell the story of life at camp this summer. We chose to engage Lauren Zehr, a film maker, to help tell our story.
  • 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.
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