Conversation 2: Racial Harm and Harmony Among Mennonites

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 8 PM ET

North American Mennonites from racial minorities have not always been fully embraced by their Mennonite brothers and sisters. In this session, reflect on historic documents collected in North American archives that show the attempts and failures at racial reconciliation. Also, hear from John Powell about the Minority Ministries Council formed in 1969 to represent Mennonites of color in the (old) Mennonite Church and his continued work for racial justice. John is a former Mennonite pastor and administrator, and a civil rights activist. In break-out groups with a facilitator, discuss how Anabaptists can play a meaningful part in the hard work of racial justice and reconciliation.

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Documents:

Statements on Race

The Way of Christian Love in Race Relations (Mennonite Church, 1955)

The Christian and Race Relations (General Conference Mennonite Church, 1959)

Race Relations (Mennonite Brethren Church, 1963)

Compassion Fund

Other Resources

Tobin Miller Shearer, "Money, Sex, and Power: The Black Manifesto and the Minority Ministries Council," Anabaptist Historians, April 13, 2017

Tobin Miller Shearer, "State of the Race: A Short History of Mennonite Racial Statements, 1940-1979," Anabaptist Historians, October 3, 2019

A Reparative Act, Shalom Community Church of Ann Arbor (Mich.)