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Global Anabaptism Conference: The Future of Anabaptism as a Global Movement

May 21 - May 22

Global Anabaptism Conference: The Future of Anabaptism as a Global Movement

May 21-22, 2019

A conference hosted by Canadian Mennonite University and Providence University College and Seminary

For almost 500 years, the centre of Anabaptism has been in Europe and North America. Since the end of the twentieth century that reality has changed dramatically as Anabaptist churches in Latin America, Africa, and Asia have outgrown their European and North American counterparts.

How did this happen? What does this shift in the centre of gravity mean for churches in Canada? What will the Anabaptist church look like in the future?

These and other questions will be explored in the context of a two-day conference consisting of:

Two public lectures

A pastors seminar for church leaders and persons involved in related organizations

An educators seminar for educators in secondary schools, colleges, and university settings

Tuesday 2 pm   Pastors Seminar (at Conference Room, Canadian Mennonite University)
“How are our Congregations Linked to the Global Anabaptist Church… and Why do these Connections Matter?”

(for leaders in churches and other related organizations)

*Note change in start time from earlier advertised

In different ways, Mennonite congregations can be connected to sister churches in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We often celebrate these relationships and long to share in the vitality and growth of these churches. Yet we are not always sure just how these relationships are supposed to matter to our congregations. This session will propose several answers to that question and invite dialogue from leaders about experiences with the global church.

Tuesday 7 pm  Public Lecture (at Marpeck Commons, Canadian Mennonite University)
“From Zurich to Addis Ababa: How Anabaptism went Global”

During the second half of the twentieth century, the center of gravity in the Anabaptist movement shifted from Europe/North America to the “global south”. Today, the most typical Anabaptist is a woman, under the age of 30, living in the Congo. This presentation will trace the story of this profound shift in demography, and raise a series of questions about the significance of that shift.

Wednesday 2 pm  Educators Seminar (at Reimer Student Life Centre, Providence University College and Seminary)

*Note change in start time from earlier advertised

“Approaches to Teaching Anabaptism as Global Phenomenon”
(for secondary and post-secondary educators)

If they recognize the global church at all, most textbooks tell the history of Anabaptism in Asia, Africa and Latin America as an extension of the Western missions movement. This seminar will invite teachers to take a fresh look at this narrative. How would the 16th-century story of Anabaptist beginnings change, for example, if we told it from the perspective of the global church?

Wednesday 7 pm  Public Lecture (at Lecture Theatre, Hannah Centre, Providence University College and Seminary)
“Envisioning the Global Anabaptist Church of the Future”

Five hundred years after its beginnings, the Anabaptist movement is at a crossroads. As various Mennonite groups in Europe and North America struggle with questions of identity and their future, churches in the global south are growing rapidly. Where is the movement heading? What will the next century of Anabaptism look like?


May 21
May 22


Canadian Mennonite University


Canadian Mennonite University
500 Shaftesbury Blvd
Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N2 Canada
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