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Jakob Hutter (d. 1536)
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It is a false assumption to consider the simple and unlearned hatmaker Jakob Hutter the founder and beginner of the Anabaptists in Tyrol; for the Anabaptist movement had long been thriving when Hutter entered it. But it is certain that none of his predecessors or successors in the eastern Anabaptist movement equaled him in importance; for none was so successful in creating and reforming. He not only afforded the cause a strong support when it had begun to waver in the extremely difficult times; he was also the founder of that peculiar organization which preserved itself in Moravia with its communistic character to the end, the founder of the brotherhood named for him, which still has shoots growing on the American continent. It is therefore easy to understand when the Geschichts-Bücher of the Anabaptists speak of him in highest praise, beginning, “At that time one came, by the name of Jakob.”

He was a native of the hamlet of Moos near St. Lorenz near Bruneck in the Puster Valley of Tyrol. Scantily educated by the school at Bruneck, he went to Prague to learn hatmaking there. Then he began his extensive journeys for the sake of his trade and finally settled at Spittal a.d. Drau in Carinthia. In Klagenfurt he probably made his first contact with the teachings of the Anabaptists, which became so significant for his inner development. He was never in Silesia or Bavaria, and learned of Gabriel Ascherham and his Silesians only when in 1529 he came to Moravia to find a quiet place for his little congregation. It is not known when he was baptized, but after he had “accepted the covenant of grace of a good conscience in Christian baptism with true resignation to lead a godly life and God’s gifts were richly felt in him, he was chosen and confirmed in the service of the Gospel.”

In this position he first traveled through the Puster Valley, Tyrol. One of the first small congregations he headed was that at Welsperg. Here his adherents assembled alternately in the house of his relative, Balthasar Hutter, or Andreas Planer, a scythe-smith. At the latter place he baptized ten persons on one day. The government had word of this “synagogue” in May 1529 and now ordered Christoph Herbst, the sheriff at Toblach-Welsberg, to surprise and seize the Anabaptists. Some were captured, but Hutter and others escaped. The statements of the prisoners were sent to Innsbruck. They gathered from them that Jakob Hutter, a real leader, “baptized the others for money”; what is meant is that each had to make a contribution to the common treasury.

Though the leader escaped this time, the authorities seized his sister Agnes in 1529. She had a short time previously been pardoned, but had at once returned to the brotherhood. By this act her sentence was already pronounced. The persecution of the “pious in the land” gradually grew intolerable. On every side one saw the blood of the martyrs and the burning stakes, prisons filled with captives, children forsaken and starving at home, with never a ray of hope except in God.

Then some recalled that the Lord of Hosts had gathered a people in His name in the city of Austerlitz in Moravia. The elders decided to send Brother Jakob and Sigmund Schützinger to them to gather information. After hearing his favorable report the brotherhood in Tyrol decided to join the one in Moravia. Hutter appointed this co-worker Jörg Zaunring (or Zaunried) to lead them, and sent one small group after the other to Moravia. Most of them were members of Georg Blaurock‘s orphaned congregation (he had been burned at the stake at Klausen on 6 September 1529). Singly and in groups, driven by the persecution prevailing throughout the land, the Anabaptists sought the road to Moravia. There was hardly an alternative. The government pointed out in a letter to King Ferdinand in Vienna that for two years hardly a day had passed in which Anabaptist matters had not come up in the council; “and more than 700 persons have been in part executed, in part expelled, in part have fled into misery, who left their property as well as their children behind.” All the rulings were of no avail. “These people not only have no horror of punishment, but even report themselves; rarely is one converted; nearly all only wish to die for their faith.”

Here Hutter worked on without fear. In the early summer of 1530 he wrote a letter about it to Moravia. But while he was devoting all his energy to the care of his brethren at home, conflicts arose in Austerlitz in the winter of 1530, which threatened the very existence of the congregation, and finally split it into two hostile camps. The causes of this division were misapplication of church regulations by ordained ministers, irregularities in church discipline, mismanagement of possessions, lack of tact in critical cases, the ambition of certain individuals, all of which Reublin sharply criticized in his letter to Pilgram Marpeck of 1531.

A part of the congregation then went to Auspitz, but not without having sent a messenger to Hutter, asking him to investigate the difficulty. The Austerlitz group did the same. Therefore Hutter and Schützinger went back to Moravia, investigated “where the error in dispute lay, and found that the Austerlitz group was most to be blamed.” After they had settled the quarrel they returned to Tyrol, but had to go back to Moravia the next year to establish order once more. At this time Anabaptism came to full bloom in Moravia. From Silesia, Swabia, the Palatinate, and Tyrol came a long procession to Moravia.

At this time begins the struggle of the Tyrolean Anabaptists for their existence. The year 1533 marks the climax of the persecution of the Anabaptists in Tyrol, for the government neglected no measures for their suppression. Special efforts were made to capture Hutter, “who had brought so many people of the district into the sect.” But no one was found who could claim the reward offered for his capture. When it was finally decided by the Anabaptists in the Gufidaun region that tyranny had reached the highest degree, so that it was no longer possible for “the saints” to live there, Hutter was commissioned to go to Moravia to prepare a new home for the emigrants.

On 11 August 1533, he arrived in Auspitz with one companion. The majority of the brotherhood there wished to accept Hutter, who was known for his energetic action, as their leader, but this ran counter to the wishes of their current leaders, Schützinger, Philipp, and Gabriel. And yet in view of the continued frictions in the congregation, there was imperative need for clear-sighted leadership. These leaders had shown themselves incapable of energetic execution of original Anabaptist doctrine. They had no clear grasp of true brotherhood, and tended to cling to family ties, which were incompatible with unadulterated Anabaptist doctrine. Reublin’s complaints about the education of the children, the difference in the treatment of the members in food and clothing and in respect show how inadequate their leadership was.

Hutter’s attack on the problem was different. The court records relate that he distributed to the poor the money collected from the members: “This Jakob,” say the Geschichts-Bücher, “also brought a temporal gift, a sweet sacrifice, a little food, so that they could repay their debt of the time of need.” More important to Hutter than choice by the lot was inner awakening: “The Holy Spirit called him for leadership.” He could not escape it. It was his duty to reform matters. He stated this emphatically in his first address before the brotherhood. After a few days he began the improvements. But he was opposed by Schützinger, who claimed the office of leadership on the strength of his election by the brotherhood. He therefore betook himself to Gabriel in Rossitz. “He wanted to see clearly whether the people wanted him as their leader or not. To be quiet and not perform the duties of his office he was not free to do before God. If he was not needed, he would move on, wherever God directed him.” With great difficulty he managed to have the brotherhood recognize him as leader, “that he be our bishop and shepherd.”

The Hutterites now formed a brotherhood and Hutter was able to lead them with a firm hand. The Geschichts-Bücher say, “He put the true church in pretty good order by the help and grace of God, hence we are still called the Hutterites.” The loss created by the withdrawal of Schützinger and of the dissatisfied elements under his leadership was replaced by fresh additions from Tyrol. In a letter written immediately after the separation Hutter named 120 to 130 persons who had come in the last few weeks. The reports he sent from the “holy” church at Auspitz to Tyrol caused a veritable mass migration of Anabaptists to Moravia; they came singly and in groups.

To provide for the continued growth Hutter was compelled to look about for new homes; thus in the same year (1533) Schäckowitz, a half mile south of Auspitz, was settled. The only serious difficulty arose from their relationship with the adherents of Philipp, his opponent, who also lived in Auspitz. The additions from Tyrol continued in increasing numbers; even Tyrolean noblemen, like Sigmund von Wolkenstein, made pilgrimages to Auspitz. At the beginning of 1534 the movement was general among the Anabaptists of Tyrol. Soon the government was shocked by reports that nearly all the valleys in the Sterzing district were full of them; three leaders had come from Moravia and were agitating in the region of Schwatz. Almost at the same time it was rumored that Hans Anion was planning “to send the common people, whom he had misled from the true faith in the Puster Valley and other places,” to Moravia in the coming spring. Although orders continued to be issued to guard the boats on the Inn River, nevertheless the emigrants managed to get to Moravia. It can be imagined what pleasure the report – false, to be sure – created in Brixen, that Hutter and Hans Amon had been seized in Linz. A considerable number of brethren were captured at Hohen wart in Lower Austria; to them Hutter wrote a long letter of consolation. Here in Auspitz, he said, there was also great tribulation. In Tyrol there were no longer many brethren. These, too, were preparing to go to Moravia under the untiring leadership of Hans Amon.

But in Moravia affairs had also taken a turn for the worse for the Anabaptists. The blow that was to strike them here had long been in preparation and was in essence the consequence of the events that had taken place in Münster; but it did not materialize until 1535. The Moravian diet, which was attended by Ferdinand I in person, acceded to his wish to have all Anabaptists expelled. In vain they lamented that they were illegally being driven from their possessions. No one in Moravia had ever had cause for complaint to the government. But if the sovereign or the feudal authorities demanded tribute or taxes they were willing to pay as much as they were able, if they were only permitted to keep their work and their religion. A petition did indeed reach the court, but was disregarded. Marshall Johann von Lipa, who took them into his protection, was threatened with the disfavor of the king. They had to move out into wretched poverty.

Hutter took his bundle on his back, as did his assistants; the brethren and sisters with their children went in pairs. “They were thus,” their Geschichts-Bücher relate, “driven into the field like a herd of sheep. Nowhere were they permitted to camp until they reached the village of Tracht in the possessions of the lord of Liechtenstein. There they lay down on the wide heath under the open sky with many wretched widows and children, sick and infants.” In touching words Hutter wrote to the governor Kuna von Kunstadt: “Now we are camping on the heath, without disadvantage to any man. We do not want to wrong or harm any human being, not even our worst enemy. Our walk in life is to live in truth and righteousness of God, in peace and unity. We do not hesitate to give an account of our conduct to anyone. But whoever says that we have camped on a field with so many thousands, as if we wanted war or the like, talks like a liar and a rascal. If all the world were like us there would be no war and no injustice. We can go nowhere; may God in heaven show us where we shall go. We cannot be prohibited from the earth, for the earth is the heavenly Father’s; may He do with us what He will.” The step merely resulted in greater efforts to capture Hutter.

Now the brotherhood itself insisted on Hutter’s leaving. He committed his office to Hans Amon and bade his relatives farewell; with pain and grief they saw him leave. Those remaining scattered, some here and some there. A little group settled at Steinabrunn in Lower Austria, some on the estates of lords who did not feel bound by the latest decree. Hutter’s ideal, “the brotherhood,” was now broken up, but preserved itself in numerous small groups. Many who were unable to endure the trials of the brethren returned home.

Thus many returned to Tyrol. There, led by Hutter, they began anew their evangelization. “The ungodly tyrants,” he writes to his forsaken church, “do not yet know that we are here. God grant that they do not find it out.” But even before Hutter appeared in Tyrol the cry resounded on every hand, “Anabaptists from Moravia are roaming through the country!” Orders were at once issued for their arrest. During the period from early September to the end of November 1535, Hutter wrote three letters to the brethren in Moravia. In one he wrote, “God has again set up a church. His people are increasing in numbers daily. The harvest is nearly ripe, but the laborers are few”; in another he spoke of the “raging” of the foe. “They threaten with hangmen and bailiffs.” “The Sodomite sea is raging madly. I fear it will not come to rest until the pious Jonah is cast into it.” He warned the brotherhood of treachery.

Hutter’s last letter, written shortly before his capture, indicates the great danger hovering over him. With so many enemies he could not hope to remain undiscovered. When he and his pregnant wife were spending the night in the home of Hans Steiner, a former sexton, at Clausen, they were surprised by the clerk of Seber and the city judge Riederer, and together with Anna Steiner of St. George and the aged wife of the sexton they were taken to the neighboring episcopal fortress of Brandzell. The capture of Hutter was immediately reported to Brixen and from there on 1 December to Innsbruck, where the news was received with pleasure, and orders were issued to transfer Hutter to Innsbruck, for he was not an ordinary prisoner, but a leader; the hearing of his wife was to take place before the city judge in Clausen. In Hutter’s bag were found letters from Hans Amon in Moravia, which were sent to Innsbruck with the statements of the arrested women.

Hutter was then taken to Innsbruck under strong escort on 9 December in severely cold weather, and was cross-examined two days later. The attempts made by Dr. Gallus Müller to convert him were fruitless. Even if he had recanted, his tragic fate would not have been averted, for the final decision of Ferdinand I was, “We are determined that even if Hutter should renounce his error, we will not pardon him, for he has misled far too many, but we will let the penalty which he has merited so abundantly take its course.” He was to be closely questioned on his activity within and without the land, and precautions taken not to let him be replaced with other leaders from Moravia; orders to this effect had already been sent to Moravia.

Apparently it was expected that Hutter would ultimately be converted, but this was not achieved, neither by the torments of the rack nor by the barbarous whipping. Hutter was firmly resolved not to yield in matters of faith nor to betray his brethren. He endured every degree of terrible torture and “remained steadfast to the end.” The sentence condemned him to death by fire. The court had doubts concerning the advisability of a public execution; but the king would not consent to having him executed with the sword in the quiet of dawn; he insisted on a public execution at the stake. He died on 25 February 1536, and in the words of Hans Amon, “he gave a great sermon through his death, for God was with him.” A trusted brother was at once sent to Moravia by the orphaned brotherhood to bear the news of his departure to the brethren there.

Hutter’s wife had meanwhile been examined in Brandzell, but as the official report says, persisted “in her obstinate foolish opinion.” She was transferred to Gufidaun, where a learned and tactful man was assigned to convert her from her error, but she escaped before he arrived. Two years later she again fell into the hands of the government and was executed at Schöneck.

Hutter’s death was commemorated in song by his adherents. But his old opponents – a Gabriel Ascherham – carried their rancor beyond his death. Only Philip Plener, also an opponent in Hutter’s Moravian period, gave a juster verdict: “No one provided so faithfully for the people in temporal or spiritual matters as Hutter. Never was he found unfaithful. Through him the Lord gathered and preserved His people.” In general his brethren recognized his service to the Moravian Anabaptists in re-establishing discipline and order, confirming the “community” in opposition to destructive private ambitions, cleansing it of impure elements, and averting the abuses that brought dissolution of the groups in other places.

The reply to an inquiry concerning the content of his teaching, is to point to the Articles of Schleitheim (Geschichts-Bücher 41-44), common to the Anabaptists of South Germany and Austria. Also Jeronyme Kräls Bekanntnuss und Rechenschaft etliche Artikel christlichen Glaubens betreffend, which Kräl presented to the government in Vienna in 1536, may be regarded as a reflection of Hutter’s own words. His spirit is further revealed in the Rechenschaft und Zeugnuss of the brethren who were taken from Steinabrunn to Trieste as galley slaves in 1540; the completion of his doctrinal system is found in the Rechenschaft unserer Religion, Lehr und Glaubens, written in 1540 by Peter Riedemann.

The Hutterite brotherhood, after the death of its founder in Moravia, has developed and maintained its sharply defined communistic character to the present time.

Of Hutter’s writings only his eight epistles have been preserved. He has erroneously been credited with (1) Riedemann’s Rechenschaft; (2) Anschlag und Fürwenden der blinden, verkehrten Welt und aller Gottlosen gegen die Frommen (Cod. G. J. VI, 31 in Gran); (3) Von den 7 Siegeln des verschlossenen Buchs, by which is meant either Sebastian Franck’s book, Das verbütschiert mit 7 Siegeln verschlossene Buch, or probably Hans Hut’s booklet, Von dem Buch mit den 7 Siegeln, wie in der Apocalipsi stunde.

Bibliography

Beck, Josef. Die Geschichts-Bücher der Wiedertäufer in Oesterreich-Ungarn. Vienna, 1883; reprinted Nieuwkoop: De Graaf, 1967.

Cornelius, C. A. Geschichte des Münsterischen Aufruhrs II. Leipzig, 1860: 253 ff.; the letter by Wilhelm Reublin to Pilgram Marpeck (1531) mentioned above is printed in this publication.

Fischer, Hans. Jakob Huter, Leben, Frömmigkeit, Briefe. Newton, 1957.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 375-78.

Loserth, Johann. Der Anabaptismus in Tirol. Vienna: F. Tempsky, 1892.

Loserth, Johann. “Der Communismus der mährischen Wiedertäufer im 16. and 17. Jahrhundert: Beiträge zu ihrer Lehre, Geschichte and Verfassung.” Archiv für österreichische Geschichte 81, 1 (1895).

Wolkan, Rudolf. Geschicht-Buch der Hutterischen Brüder. Macleod, AB, and Vienna, 1923.

Zieglschmid, A. J. F. Die älteste Chronik der Hutterischen Brüder: Ein Sprachdenkmal aus frühneuhochdeutscher Zeit. Ithaca: Cayuga Press, 1943.

Happy birthday, Betty Cadbury Boeke (April 28, 1884 – 1976)! ‪#‎Quaker‬. ‪#‎Pacifist‬. Peace activist. War tax resister. Born in Birmingham, England. Married to Kees Boeke, a Dutch Mennonite from Alkmaar, Netherlands. The Boekes spent most of their married lives in Bilthoven, near Utrecht. For a time they engaged in a radical personal experiment where they […]

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Happy birthday, Amelie Scheltema (April 26, 1928 – June 11, 2015)! ‪#‎Quaker‬. ‪#‎Pacifist‬. Scientist. Anti-war activist. Anti-nuclear activist. Draft counselor. Conflict resolution trainer. Advocate for prison reform. Marine biologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Massachusetts). Joined the Quakers in the 1960s. Clerk of West Falmouth meeting, clerk of Sandwich monthly meeting, clerk of Sandwich quarterly meeting, member of New England yearly meeting’s committee for peace and social concerns.
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On this date in 1561 (June 10th), three ‪#‎Hutterites‬ were executed in ‪#‎Innsbruck‬, Austria. Eustachius Kotter, a stone mason, was put to death first, by beheading. Jorg Rack, a Hutterite deacon, was beheaded next. Finally, Hans Mandl, a basket-maker, was tied to a ladder and thrown alive onto a fire with the corpses of his […]

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On this date in 1536 (March 31st), three ‪#‎Hutterites‬ were burned at the stake in ‪#‎Vienna‬, Austria. Their names were: Hieronymus Kals, Michael Seifensieder, and Hans Oberecker. They were just passing through the city on their way to the Tyrol (western Austria) when they were captured. Hieronymus was a schoolmaster amongst the Brethren in Moravia.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Martyrs Series.

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On this date in 1565 (Feb. 26th), Francesco della Sega was executed by drowning in ‪#‎Venice‬, Italy. As a young adult, he had fallen under the influence of the antitrinitarian crowd in Venice. It is believed he was re-baptized while living in Italy. Later he heard about the ‪#‎Hutterites‬ and traveled to Moravia to visit several of their settlements. He was impressed, deciding to stay and request membership. Eventually he married within the Hutterian community and became a tailor. He was captured and arrested on a return trip to Italy in 1562.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Martyrs Series.

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On this date in 1536 (Feb. 25th), Jacob Hutter was burned at the stake in the town square of ‪#‎Innsbruck‬, Austria. He was about 35 years old, a hatmaker by trade, and a leader of the ‪#‎Anabaptists‬ in the Tyrol. His followers later fled the region, and over the years experienced many deprivations and persecutions. But they survived as a community and became known to history as the ‪#‎Hutterites‬. Today they are found in the Great Plains states and Western Canada (about 45,000 persons in 460 colonies). They practice total community of goods, absolute pacifism, and simplicity in lifestyle.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Martyrs Series.

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Meghan Roberts reports a hockey team of Hutterite women laced up their skates for a friendly match on Monday.
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“The Baker women incorporated their traditional skirts into their hockey uniforms by wearing them over skates and padding. Maendel said their uniforms help their game. ‘It’s an advantage. The hockey pants would be a fair bit more bulky. And it’s also lighter. So I think we can skate faster because of the skirts.’ … Though the game was friendly, someone had to walk away with a win. The Baker Hutterite Colony team took the game, with a final score of 6-1.”

An annual hockey tournament between the MacGregor Iron Maidens and women from the Baker Hutterite Colony drew a huge crowd on Louis Riel Day.
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On an uncertain date in February 1571, Wolf Binder was executed by beheading in ‪#‎Scharding‬ on the Inn, Austria. He was a ‪#‎Hutterite‬. (Engraving by Jan Luiken for Martyrs Mirror.)
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Martyrs Series.

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On this date in 1528 (Jan. 30th), two men and three women were burned at the stake in ‪#‎Bamberg‬, Germany. They were ‪#‎Anabaptists‬. Their names were: Endres Weiss, Hans Weischenfelder, Elise Koch, Margarethe Petz and Katharina Rosner. Hans testified that he had been on his way to Moravia to join the Hutterites when apprehended.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Martyrs Series.

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On this day in 1559 (Jan. 4th), Tillmann Schneider and Mathias Schmidt were executed in ‪#‎Aachen‬, Germany. They were ‪#‎Hutterites‬, part of a larger group that had been arrested in Aachen in 1558. (Engraving by Jan Luiken for Martyrs Mirror.)
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Martyrs Series.

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On this date in 1546 (Nov. 22nd), four ‪#‎Hutterites‬ were beheaded in ‪#‎Vienna‬, Austria. Their names were: Blasius Beckh, Anthoni Keim, Leonhard Schneider, and Hans Staudacher.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Martyrs Series.

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On this date in 1538 (Oct. 31st), ‪#‎Hutterite‬ leader Onophrius Griesinger was burned at the stake in ‪#‎Brixen‬, Italy.
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On this date in 1558 (Oct. 21st), Hans Weckh and his brother-in-law Heinrich Adams were executed in ‪#‎Aachen‬, Germany. They were ‪#‎Hutterites‬.
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The suspicion and opposition which greeted Hutterites when they first arrived in Canada in 1918 culminated in Alberta’s Land Sales Prohibition Act (1942–1947) and the Communal Property Act (1947–1973) which are now described by the Canadian Human Rights website as ‘among the most blatant discriminatory pieces of legislation in Canadian history.’ That is why the niqab issue raises so many red flags for me, personally.”

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On this date in 1585 (Aug. 13th), three ‪#‎Hutterites‬ were executed by beheading in ‪#‎Burghausen‬, Germany. Their names were: Hans Aichner, Wolf Raufer, and Jorg Bruckmaier.
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Eight Suggestions for How MC USA Should Get Out of This Mess

1. Fire Ervin Stutzman immediately. No severance, no pension. Hire Lin Garber (Boston Mennonite) for one 4-year term as MC USA Executive Director.

2. Drop the word “missional” from all MC USA documents and PR materials. Cancel all church growth seminars and other events promoting a worldly evangelistic world-view.

3. Give pink slips to the Mennonite convention organizing staff. Thank them for their service, and let them go.

4. Going forward, hold adult conventions separately from youth gatherings, each event at a different location with different dates. Conventions should be organized with the goal of drawing no more than 1,500 persons.

5. Cancel all convention center reservations in Florida and immediately book the Goshen College campus for Convention 2017. Put the Assembly Mennonite congregation (Karl Shelly, pastor) in charge of logistics planning, in conjunction with the Garberite collective in Elkhart. Put Sara Wenger Shenk in charge of planning the program. The concept “bigger is always better” should be abandoned, to be replaced by guidelines based on traditional Mennonite values: simplicity, modesty, thrift, economy, humility.

6. Place an upper limit of $75 on Convention registration fees, with a sliding scale for low-income persons, including a bottom rate of zero dollars for those who can’t afford to pay anything. Make the registration form small enough to fit on a postcard, and then put it on a postcard. The goal would be to hold a bare-bones convention that could be paid for with a lean mean budget of $100,000.

7. Open up sororal and fraternal relations with our sisters and brothers in the Anabaptist/pacifist tradition: Amish, Brethren, Hutterite, Bruderhof, Quaker, and others. Move away from relations with groups in the Right-Wing Evangelical Republican traditions.

8. Send communications to all Lancaster Mennonite Conference churches that they will be gladly accepted back into the fold, upon receipt of a letter of apology from the Lancaster Bishop Board addressed to Executive Director Lin Garber and signed in Keith Weaver’s blood (obtained non-violently, of course).

Altro…

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On this date in 1592 (July 27th), a ‪#‎Hutterite‬ named Matthias Mair was executed by drowning somewhere in the Baden region of southern Germany. He was a native of Tyrol, Austria, and had been a Hutterite deacon for four decades. (Engraving by Jan Luiken for “Martyrs Mirror.”)
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On this date in 1560 (July 19th), Hans Leitner and Klaus Felbinger were beheaded in ‪#‎Landshut‬, Bavaria, Germany. They were ‪#‎Hutterites‬.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Martyrs Series.

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On this date in 1585 (July 5th), Leonhard Summerauer was beheaded in ‪#‎Burghausen‬, Germany. He was a ‪#‎Hutterite‬.
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Happy birthday, Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson (April 25, 1942 – Oct. 9, 1967)! Civil rights activist. Freedom Rider. Voter registration coordinator. Executive Secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Died of cancer at age 25. Buried in South View Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia.
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On this date in 1702 (April 23rd), Margaret Fell died. (She was born in 1614, exact date unknown.) Early ‪#‎Quaker‬ leader. Women’s rights advocate. Wife of George Fox. She was about 88 years old when she died. The following is excerpted from Gerda Lerner’s book “The Creation of Feminist Consciousness: From the Middle Ages to […]

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