Mennonite World Conference
The Mennonite World Conference (MWC) is a global community of Christian churches that facilitates community between Anabaptist-related churches and relates to other Christian world communions and organizations.
The first Mennonite World Conference was held in Basel in 1925. Its main purpose was to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Anabaptism. An assembly is convened approximately every six or seven years.
Christian Neff (1863–1946), a Mennonite minister in Germany, is often called the "father" of the Mennonite World Conference. Neff, through the Conference of Mennonites in South Germany, issued the call for the first gathering in 1925, and personally proposed the following meetings in 1930 and 1936.
As of 2009, the MWC represents 99 Mennonite and Brethren in Christ national church conferences in 56 countries. The MWC prints a quarterly news publication in three languages—Spanish (as Correo), English (Courier), and French (Courrier.) This project began in 1986. The Mennonite World Conference considers that its mission is to (1) be a global community of faith in the Anabaptist-tradition, (2) facilitate relationships between Anabaptist-related churches worldwide, and (3) relate to other Christian world communions and organizations.
The official repository of Mennonite World Conference is the Mennonite Church USA Archives.
|1925||Basel, Switzerland||400th anniversary of Anabaptism|
|1930||Free City of Danzig||Mennonite Relief Efforts|
|1936||Amsterdam and Elspeet, Netherlands||400th anniversary of Menno Simons' conversion|
|1948||Goshen, Indiana, and North Newton, Kansas, United States||Relief, Nonconformity to the World, Faith and Life, Missions, Young People's Work, A Young People's Program, the Peace Testimony, Colonization, Institutions and Mennonite Life, and Christian Education|
|1952||Bettingen, Switzerland||The Church of Christ and Her Commission|
|1957||Karlsruhe, West Germany||The Gospel of Jesus Christ in the World|
|1962||Kitchener, Ontario, Canada||The Lordship of Christ|
|1967||Amsterdam, Netherlands||The Witness of the Holy Spirit|
|1972||Curitiba, Brazil||Jesus Christ Reconciles|
|1978||Wichita, Kansas, United States||The Kingdom of God in a Changing World|
|1984||Strasbourg, France||God's People Serve in Hope|
|1990||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada||Witnessing to Christ in Today's World|
|1997||Calcutta, India||Hear what the Spirit is Saying to the Churches|
|2003||Bulawayo, Zimbabwe||Sharing Gifts in Suffering and in Joy|
|2009||Asunción, Paraguay||Come together in the way of Jesus Christ|
- Mennonite World Conference in Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online
- "Mennonite World Conference Assembly 15 theme chosen". MWC. 2008-01-30. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
- Mennonite Encyclopedia, Harold S. Bender, Cornelius J. Dyck, Dennis D. Martin, et al., editors