By Cornelius J. Dyck
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The General Conference Mennonite Church 252 15. The Mennonite Brethren Church 277 16. The Smaller Mennonite and Related Groups in North America 301 17. Mennonite Churches in Latin America 317 18. Mennonite Churches in Asia 343 19. Mennonite Churches in Africa 367 20. Mennonites in Europe Since 1815 386 21. Mennonites in the North American Environment 406 22. The Continuing Vision 429 Index 446 The Author 452 Page 9 List of Maps and Charts Anabaptists in 1550, Central Europe 132 Mennonite Family Tree in North America 218219 Mennonites in South America 320 Mexico 323 Paraguay 326 Japan 347 India 360 Mennonites in Africa 385 Germany 395 Mennonite Church in Canada 418 Mennonite Churches in the United States 419 Manitoba 421 Page 10 Abbreviations AIMM Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission (Formerly CIM) CPS Civilian Public Service CRR Classics of the Radical Reformation series EMEK European Mennonite Evangelism Committee HPC Historic Peace Churches (Brethren, Friends, Mennonites) IMO International Mennonite Organization (Europe) IMPC International Mennonite Peace Committee MCC Mennonite Central Committee MCSFI Mennonite Christian Service Fellowship of India ME The Mennonite Encyclopedia, 5 volumes MEA Mennonite Experience in America series MEDA Mennonite Economic Development Associates MQR Mennonite Quarterly Review MWC Mennonite World Conference SEDA Service for the Development of Agriculture (Zaire) SMO Swiss Mennonite Organization for Relief work Page 11 Preface This is a history of Anabaptist-Mennonite life and thought from the sixteenth century to the present, written particularly for young adults.
Meanwhile reforms were moving faster in the village churches surrounding Zurich, though they were responsible to the city and had to pay taxes (tithes) to it, which they resented. There priests turned reforming pastors or proto-Anabaptists were not only discouraging the payment of taxes and demanding greater local autonomy in church affairs, but as a result of their Bible studies and the influence of others, were also not baptizing infants under the dynamic guidance of Wilhelm Reublin, formerly of Basel and now at Witikon near Zurich.
The mystics and the humanists were not activist reformers, but their spiritual and intellectual leadership prepared the way for the men of action and created the kind of climate in the minds of the people which made reform possible. Peter Waldo (d. ca. 1218) In 1176, the song of a minstrel stirred a deep longing in the heart of Waldo, a rich merchant of Lyon, France. " A new life began for Waldo with this verse. He sold his property, resolving to be as poor as Jesus and the apostles had been. He left enough money to support his wife and family.
An Introduction to Mennonite History: A Popular History of the Anabaptists and the Mennonites by Cornelius J. Dyck