‘500-year-old Bible study’ resumes

Jun 24, 2019 by and

ZURICH, Switzerland — Five centuries after Swiss reformer Ulrich Zwingli suggested Anabaptists be “cast to the ravens,” Anabaptists from Mennonite World Conference are joining spiritual descendants of...

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Swiss forgive, don’t forget

May 6, 2019 by and

It took about 490 years for government officials in Bern, Switzerland, to ask forgiveness for persecution of Anabaptists. It took less than two to get a response from Swiss Mennonites. Delegates from every...

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Embarrassing graffiti

Apr 29, 2019 by

I agree with the concern expressed by Tim Huber in “Shame­ful Tourists” (Editorials, April 1). This past year, we visited the Trachselwald castle along with our tour group (TourMagination, “Life and...

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Peanut butter

Apr 8, 2019 by

About a month ago, I posted a meme on Facebook about peanut butter. Along with the photo, I said this: “The most U.S. American part of me — peanut butter! How many years have I been deprived of peanut...

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Shameful tourists

Apr 1, 2019 by

Switzerland is a land of beauty and Anabaptist history. Many North American Mennonite and Amish people visit to get in touch with their faith’s roots. Most Swiss hosts are too gracious and polite to offer...

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Anabaptists: best supporting actors

Feb 25, 2019 by and

A new film dramatizing the life of Reformation leader Ulrich Zwingli is giving moviegoers a chance to see early Swiss Anabaptist leaders on the big screen — as long as they can get to Switzerland. The...

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History: From ‘Tauferkammer’ to Burkina Faso

Dec 3, 2018 by

In 1743, 275 years ago, the Swiss city of Bern dissolved its Commission for Anabaptist Affairs, or Tauferkammer. It had been established in 1659 to oversee the elimination of the local Anabaptist population....

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Swiss project highlights reconciliation in Bern

Oct 8, 2018 by and

A decade ago in Switzerland, a process of reconciliation emerged among Anabaptists and contemporary representatives of the government that oppressed them during the Reformation. To make that reconciliation...

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Former prison becomes Swiss Mennonite couple’s home

Dec 11, 2017 by and

Spears to pruning hooks. Swords to plowshares. And since April 1, Anabaptist prison to cozy apartment. Already a tourist hotspot for Mennonites, portions of Trachselwald Castle could even become an...

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Swiss official offers apology for persecution

Nov 27, 2017 by and

It can’t change the past, but it can impact the future. In surprise comments delivered in early November, a government official in Bern, Switz­erland, requested forgiveness for persecution by the church and...

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Yoders celebrate 300 years in America

Oct 9, 2017 by and

SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. — Perhaps no other name is as closely linked with the American Mennonite and Amish faiths than Yoder. It’s the 598th most common last name in the United States, according to the U.S....

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Learning language is a spiritual discipline

Sep 14, 2017 by

We were invited by Swiss friends to eat in an exclusive restaurant during our last weekend in Switzerland. As we got settled around the table, my friend asked me: “Are you comfortable with speaking Swiss...

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Swiss turning military building into a church

Nov 29, 2016 by and

A vibrant Mennonite congregation in Tavannes, Switzerland, is addressing its need for a larger worship space by transforming a building no longer needed by the Swiss military. Église évangélique mennonite...

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Swiss castle envisioned as Anabaptist museum

Aug 18, 2014 by and

Trachselwald Castle in Switz­erland, a medieval fortress with an important place in Anabaptist history, is up for sale. Swiss Mennonites are raising funds to preserve the castle as a museum honoring the...

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