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Join us in recording Anabaptist life in today’s changing world. Historical, biological, and social realities have made 2020, and now 2021, exceptional years. 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

  • Community Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA Worship

    Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, VA pivoted to online worship as the spread of the coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns impacted Harrisonburg and the United States. This weekly worship format has continued since then. Members of the congregation and the pastoral team contribute music, children's stories, and sermons which are edited together by the church administrator Ben Bailey. The service is emailed out to members and publicly available on YouTube.
  • Passing the Light

    Since the church community was not able to meet in person for a Christmas Eve candlelight service, Assembly Mennonite Church organized and created a virtual candle lighting experience. Members submitted videos of themselves passing the light in their homes, which were combined and set to music. It was a meaningful opportunity to connect with each other and feel the presence of God as we gathered virtually to celebrate Christ's birth.
  • Love in the time of COVID-19

    In this series of blog posts, Rose Shenk reflects on the impact of COVID-19 on work, lives, and relationships in Ethiopia. Shenk and her spouse Bruce Buckwalter lived in Ethiopia from 2016 to 2021 as Country Representatives for Mennonite Central Committee.
  • Wolfe Wood Co.

    "I have always loved working with my hands and within the last few years I have found the love of woodworking. With each project I gain more knowledge and skills of the trade. "Due to COVID-19 I found myself with more free time and I started filling this time with creating woodworking projects. I quickly realized that this could become my dream job! "I seek to make quality products, made from Canadian wood and materials. I love experimenting on different projects that I dream up. I also enjoy collaborating with customers to make beautiful custom pieces that are just right for them." - Jesse Wolfe, Woodworker and owner of Wolfe Wood Co.
  • Finding something to do

    "Finding beauty in the backyard...aka finding something to do! #stayhome #staysafe" is the original caption I gave this photo on my Instagram account @selennawolfe. This post was during the COVID-19 pandemic when the Manitoba provincial guidelines asked people to stay at home and I decided to take in the nice weather while staying at home.
  • Christmas Unbounded

    It occurred to me that the deprivations of the pandemic had some similarities to deprivations in Russia and even to the deprivations in first-century Bethlehem.
  • A COVID Christmas Party

    On Thursday afternoon, December 17, Mennonite Church USA Executive Board staff - from 9 different states - gathered for a virtual Christmas party. Activities included a Christmas crown contest (with gold, frankincense, and myrrh themes), a guided painting activity with Kelly Frey Martin, and pre-distributed snacks.
  • Merry Covid Christmas, God! A Chaplain's Lament

    I am a hospital staff chaplain. Last Monday (12/7) we had a very difficult day when four patients on the ICU with Covid-19 were removed from their ventilators and died minutes later. Just a couple family members of each patient were allowed to come see their loved one (per hospital protocol) before they were removed from the vents. This was the worse day yet for our nurses and other colleagues on the ICU since the pandemic started. This lament was the result of one: an assignment for a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education that I am currently taking in which I read it to the class on Thursday and they loved it. And two: the deaths on the ICU that Monday and the experience I had in a local store the next. And I suppose a response so far to the pandemic through my eyes as a hospital chaplain who is trying to serve.
  • "Creating space for God"

    On Saturday, November 21, Assembly Mennonite Church pastors Anna Yoder Schlabach and Lora Nafziger, along with the Worship and Christian Formation committees, organized an outdoor Tabernacle experience for church youth and their families. The event took place in the meetinghouse parking lot and included self-led, physically distanced activities such as a life-sized model of the Tabernacle, tours from the High Priest, and Exodus-related crafts. The same afternoon a physically distanced and masked choir met in the parking lot to record hymns for virtual worship the next day. The event capped a 6-week Exodus Bible study.
  • The Drama of a Rural Community's Life Cycle

    Rural communities depend on the health of the agrarian cultures that compose them. These cultures grow out of the symbiotic relationship between a particular landscape and the human community that lives on and uses the land. Agrarian cultures had their origin in the development of agriculture and gave birth to the civilizations and empires of history. Based on the exercise of hierarchical power characteristic of their nature, empires and civilizations are always a threat to the welfare of their agrarian cultures, that by nature tend to be local, relational, reciprocal, and ecological. This is the story of the three Anabaptist agrarian cultures--Swiss German, Low German, and Hutterian--of the Freeman, South Dakota, rural community, and their sojourn within the empires of civilization through the centuries. More specifically, this is the story of their birth, growth, maturation, and death (or rebirth?) in the particular landscape of the Great Plains to which they came from Russia in the 1870s. Here we see the agrarian cultures' struggle to adapt to the new environment of the Great Plains and to maintain their unique identity while living within American society. This is the drama of a rural community's life cycle!
  • Virtual Community

    Even though we were small in numbers, because some were either hesitant to join in or did not have technological access, those who did meet often left feeling connected and affirmed.
  • Only essential items available for in person shopping in Manitoba

    Manitoba instituted new health regulations dictating that stores could only sell essential items to encourage people to stay home and therefore reduce the spread of COVID-19. Many stores had to close and stores that sold essentials and non-essentials had to remove non-essentials from in person shopping. This store had signs explaining the new regulations. It used pallets of essential merchandize to block access to non-essentials as well as caution tape and clear wrap. Women’s sandals were off limits, but winter boots were available. Christmas decorations, sleep wear, and luggage etc had to be bought online only.
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