The Birth of Anabaptism :: by Valerie G. Rempel

Valerie G. Rempel: Associate Dean, Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary and Associate Professor,  J.B. Toews Chair of History and Theology, Fresno, California. She wrote this article for Meetinghouse, a collective of Mennonite editors in the US and Canada. 

Sometimes, a single act can have enormous consequences.

In the religious ferment of 16th century Europe, a small group of Christians in the Swiss canton of Zurich gathered in a home on a wintry January day, 1525. One of them, George Blaurock, asked another, Conrad Grebel, to baptize him. Around the circle they went, baptizing each other in what they understood to be their first true baptism. It was a baptism performed upon their confession of faith in Jesus as Lord. It was a radical act that earned many of them a martyrs’ death.

The 16th century was a time of great change in the religious life and practices of many in Western Europe. A variety of voices from within the church were advocating for change. They were frequently critical of practices and theology that had developed over many centuries of church life.

In an earlier time, the criticisms of a few reform-minded individuals might have had little impact. Technology, however, had a hand in changing that. Continue reading

Sister Care Hosts Traveling Banner to Celebrate Latin American Anabaptist Women Theologians Movement

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Juany Garcia, Pamela Leon, Maria Bergen and Alma Tello signing the banner during Sister Care Chihuahua.

The Latin American Anabaptist Women Theologians Movement (also known as MTAL from the Spanish name) celebrated its 10th Anniversary in Mexico this year. Part of the celebration included the creating of a banner with the idea that people could sign it with words of encouragement to MTAL. The banner is set to travel to Sister Care workshops in various countries during 2013 for people to sign.

 

 

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Women sign the 10th Anniversary banner during Sister Care Mexico City.

 

 

There was such an outpouring of love and encouragement for this important movement that a second banner was prepared in Guatemala allowing more space for signatures.

 

Read more about the 10th Anniversary of MTAL by Ofelia Garcia.

 

 

For more historical data on the MTAL download this PDF titled: Mennonite Women USA MTAL Historical Summary 2008.07.21