Mennonite World Conference, 1962

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A moment from yesterday

Laureen Harder-Gissing, Mennonite Archives of Ontario

In 1962, Canada hosted the Mennonite World Conference for the first time. Twelve thousand delegates attended; 6,000 of these were billeted in local homes. Historian T.D. Regehr notes in Mennonites in Canada: A People Transformed, “The Kitchener-Waterloo area, where Old Order Amish lived side by side with successful Mennonite businessmen, professionals, and academics, provided a unique opportunity to show the diversity of Canadian Mennonite life. The idea that all life must be brought into harmony and wholeness under the Lordship of Christ, allowing for no distinction between sacred and secular...was strongly affirmed at the conference.”

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