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Making Amends With Anabaptists

Aug 18, 2004

The current blog of Christianity Today carries this interesting item on efforts to make amends for the persecution our Anabaptist forebears endured:

Catholic, Lutheran, and Reformed churches are seeking to make amends for persecuting Anabaptists in the 16th and 17th centuries. A Vatican-appointed delegation last fall concluded five years of meetings with a group from Mennonite World Conference, the global Mennonite fellowship. Similarly, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has finished a two-year series of meetings this spring with the Mennonite Church U.S.A., and on June 26 the Reformed Church in Zurich held a reconciliation ceremony with participation by Anabaptist descendants from around the world. Also on June 26, Pope John Paul II met with Johann Christoph Arnold, an elder of the Bruderhof Communities, in Rome.

To see an article from the Mennonite Weekly Review on a recent meeting of the Mennonites and Roman Catholics on the legacy of Anabaptist martyrdom, click here. See also the August 7 post in this blog on “Exploring our Anabaptist Roots.”