Anabaptist Witness

A global Anabaptist and Mennonite dialogue on key issues facing the church in mission

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New Anabaptist Communities

This issue of Anabaptist Witness contains articles from Britain, Canada, India, and the United States on the theme of “New Anabaptist Communities.” Many of the articles reflect on denominational, conference, and parachurch efforts to start new communities, while some of them narrate grassroots efforts to found congregations outside of any institutional prompting. Many of the articles reflect theologically on connections between Anabaptist identity, mission, peace, and justice. Taken together, the essays suggest various paths forward in making connections between growth and discipleship, between the intentional creation of new communities and faithful witness to Jesus.

November 2023

Book review by Denise Kettering-Lane

Charles E. Moore and Timothy Keiderling, eds., Bearing Witness: Stories of Martyrdom and Costly Discipleship

Book review by Dorothy Yoder Nyce

Arvind Sharma, ed., Why I Am a Believer: Personal Reflections on Nine World Religions

Academic article by Matthew R. S. Todd

The Impact of Assimilation upon Chinese Canadian Mennonite Brethren Immigrant Churches

Reflection piece by Mauricio Chenlo

Anabaptist Witness in the Context of Emerging Communities

Academic article by Doug Luginbill

From Skeptic to Proponent

From the blog

Decolonial Faith

I wonder how often God sees us laughing about disobeying the foolish thoughts of white theologians that find nothing more than faults with the faith of invisible people in barrios they never visit.  I would like to know whether Jesus took the time to pray for the Boricua boy shot in the back last week […]

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Acting on Gaza from Germany

How do people in Germany act in the face of apartheid and massive violence in Israel-Palestine, recognizing the weight of German history? As a US-American international worker with a peace organization in Germany, it has surprisingly felt more comfortable to engage in advocacy and work on Israel-Palestine here than in the US. This is perhaps […]

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The Church as Sacrament for the Working World

Most people who attend church on Sunday mornings are employed in so-called “secular” professions and public institutions like hospitals and schools during the week. Younger people are under pressure from school or academic life. They all come to worship on Sunday mornings with lived realities of work, home, neighborhood and personal journey on their minds. […]

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South African peace leaders determined to be nation’s light

Front: Rev. Shiela Hlobelo, Mama Eulanda Mabusela, Mama Phinah Phokanoka, Rev.Nicky Motsepe, Steve Wiebe-Johnson. Back: Toto Nzamo, Moora Letsoalo, Amukelani Mkwanazi, Pastor Lwazi Macingwane, Oscar Siwali, Mulalo Mahori, Pastor Gosiame, and Bishop Mtshali. Mennonite Mission Network — The four-hour power outage that occurred just seconds before the conflict mediator training session began added irony that illuminated the […]

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Caring for People above All Else: Integrating Prayer, Relief, and Peace to Build God’s Church

  Two recent events emphasized the ways that the power of prayer combined with relief and peacemaking work are energizing the mission of God in the Ethiopian context. The first of these was a Zoom conference on February 15th featuring President Desalegn Abebe of the Meserete Kristos Church (MKC), an Anabaptist denomination in Ethiopia with […]

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