Mennonite Church Canada

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Mennonite Church Canada
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Classification Protestant
Orientation Anabaptist
Polity Congregational
Associations Mennonite World Conference
Region Canada
Origin 2000
Merge of The General Conference Mennonite Church, Mennonite Church, Conference of Mennonites in Canada
Congregations 235
Members 35,000
Official website mennonitechurch.ca

Mennonite Church Canada is the conference of Mennonites in Canada, with head offices in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The first Mennonites in Canada arrived from Pennsylvania in 1786. The majority of the Mennonites that migrated to Canada over the next 150 years came directly from Europe. The first annual meeting of Mennonite ministers was held in 1810, which eventually led to founding the Mennonite Conference of Ontario (later the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec). The Conference of Mennonites in Central Canada was formed in 1903. When other bodies arriving in Canada began to settle outside this "central" base, the name was changed to the General Conference of Mennonites in Canada in 1932 (later the Conference of Mennonites in Canada). The Ontario Amish Mennonite Conference (later Western Ontario Mennonite Conference) was founded in 1923, and the Conference of United Mennonite Churches in Ontario in 1945. In 1988, the Western Ontario Mennonite Conference, the Conference of United Mennonite Churches in Ontario and the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec united to form the Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada.

Beginning in 1989, a series of consultations, discussions, proposals, and sessions led to the unification of two North American bodies (the Mennonite Church & General Conference Mennonite Church) and the related Canadian Conference of Mennonites in Canada into the Mennonite Church USA and the Mennonite Church Canada in 2000.

The doctrinal faith of the Mennonite Church Canada is set forth in The Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective. This confession was adopted in 1995 by the General Conference Mennonite Church and the Mennonite Church at Wichita, Kansas. It contains 24 articles on the following: "God; Jesus Christ; Holy Spirit; Scripture; Creation and Divine Providence; the Creation and Calling of Human Beings; Sin; Salvation; The Church of Jesus Christ; The Church in Mission; Baptism; The Lord's Supper; Foot Washing; Discipline in the Church; Ministry and Leadership; Church Order and Unity; Discipleship and the Christian Life; Christian Spirituality; Family, Singleness, and Marriage; Truth and the Avoidance of Oaths; Christian Stewardship; Peace, Justice, and Nonresistance; The Church's Relation to Government and Society; and The Reign of God."[1]

The organizational structure of the Mennonite Church Canada is divided into five regional conferences - Mennonite Church Alberta, Mennonite Church British Columbia, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, Mennonite Church Manitoba, and Mennonite Church Saskatchewan. Denominational work is administered through a board elected by the delegates to the annual assembly. Currently (2003) the body has about 35,000 members in 235 churches. The MCC participates in the Canadian Council of Churches, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and the Mennonite World Conference.

Canadian Mennonite[2] is the official conference periodical. The conference also published the German-language Der Bote newspaper until 2008, when it ceased publication.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Ens, Adolf. Subjects Or Citizens?: The Mennonite Experience in Canada, 1870-1925 (1994)
  • Epp, Frank. Mennonites in Canada, 1786-1920 (1996)
  • Epp, Marlene. Mennonite Women in Canada: A History (Winnipeg, University of Manitoba Press, 2008. xiii + 378 pp.)
  • Regehr, T. D.Mennonites in Canada, 1939-1970: Volume 3: A People Transformed (1996)
  • Reimer, Margaret Loewen. One Quilt Many Pieces: A Guide to Mennonite Groups in Canada (2008)
  • Suderman, Robert J. God's People Now: Face to face With Mennonite Church Canada (2007)

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