Conferences and Papers

“Mennonites, Service, and the Humanitarian Impulse: MCC at 100,” October 23-24, 2020. IN 1920 Mennonites from different ethnic and church backgrounds formed Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to collaboratively respond to the famine ravaging Mennonite communities in the Soviet Union (Ukraine). Over the ensuing century, MCC has grown to embrace disaster relief, development, and peacebuilding in over sixty countries around the world. MCC has been one of the most influential Mennonite organizations of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It has operated as a mechanism for cooperation among a wide variety of Mennonite groups, including Brethren in Christ and Amish, constructing a broad inter-Mennonite, Anabaptist identity. Yet it has also brought Mennonites into global ecumenical and interfaith partnerships. This centennial conference invites proposals for papers that examine the past, present, and future of MCC. The conference will be hosted by the Chair of Mennonite Studies, University of Winnipeg, in collaboration with Canadian Mennonite University. Send proposals or questions by December 1, 2019, to Royden Loewen, Chair in Mennonite Studies, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 2E9, Canada. Email: Limited research grants are available to help defray costs related to research in MCC’s archives in Akron, Pennsylvania, or at other MCC sites. Queries, with a brief two-paragraph description of the proposed research, should be sent to Alain Epp Weaver (

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Conference: “Health and Well-Being in Amish Society: A Multidisciplinary Conference,” to be held at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, June 6-8, 2019. The international conference will focus on Health, Healing, health care, and individual and community welfare and well-being in Amish life.

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