Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Mennonite Farmers of Ontario

This is an Offical Postcrossing Postcard of Ontario, Canada (CA-78625) and it came with tons of info thanks to dear sender, Louise. The card shows the Mennonite Farmers travelling by horse.

The Mennonite people a re a people on the move, from their Anabaptist beginnings in Switzerland, Holland and Germany. Mennonites have now spread virtually around the world. For the first time in history, it is estimated that there are more than 1,000,000 baptized members of Mennonite faith.

Mennonites historical roots go back to the European Reformation in the early 1500s. During this period, many groups emerged from the Roman Catholic Church. The members of one group disagreed with baptizing children as they believed that entering the Christian church should be one's own decision, and so adults, not children, should receive baptism, so they began to baptize adults, against the strict orders of official church leaders.

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