What is a Mennonite?

Mennonites are a subgroup of Anabaptist Christians named after Menno Simons (1496-1561). Simons ordered Anabaptist beliefs, emphasizing "the baptism of believers only, the washing of the feet as a symbol of servanthood, church discipline, the shunning of the excommunicated, the non-swearing of oaths, marriage within the same church, strict nonresistance, and in general, more emphasis on true Christianity involving being Christian and obeying Christ.” Mennonites have become well-known for their commitment to pacifism—known as peace churches.

 Among Mennonites there is a diversity of belief and practice. Mennonite denominations are a global presence, with churches in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. These denominations represent the ethnic and cultural diversity of their contexts.

 A brief history of Mennonites in Canada