Music from other cultures, Scripture readings on a common theme, shared food and special offerings characterize World Fellowship Sunday, a celebration of Anabaptist family in Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches around the world 22 January 2017. The theme of 2017 was “My cry is heard,” reflecting on God’s faithfulness amid hardships in the global displacement crisis and personal challenges in life (Psalm 40:1-10, Genesis 11:1–9, Acts 2:1–18). The worship resources package downloadable at www.mwc-cmm.org/wfs can be used any Sunday of the year to help churches to celebrate the global Anabaptist communion. To view the photo album from this event click the title above and to read the news release click here.
Nearly 400 women from India and Nepal attended the All India Mennonite Women Conference in Chandwa, Jharkhand, India. Many traveled by bus, train and foot to attend, despite the heavy downpour of rain. To view the photo album from this event click the title above and to read the news release click here.
In July 2016 KyongJung Kim, MWC Regional Representative for Northeast Asia, visited Japanese Anabaptist churches. He shared with them about MWC´s mission and vision, explored questions about the how the global Anabaptist church can grow together and what it means to be an Anabaptist in the context of Japan. All photos courtesy of KyongJung Kim. To view this photo album click on the title above, click here to read a reflection from KyongJung Kim about his visit to Japan, click here to see more photos on the MWC Facebook page.
World Fellowship Sunday is a date to remember our roots and together celebrate Koinonia. Take a look at the pictures our member churches have shared from their celebrations. From a song to a lunch offering, were just some of the activities our brothers and sisters engaged in. To see the photo album, click on the title above or on the image on your right.
The Taiwan church is known as a praising church, and praise through music was an integral part of the 60th anniversary celebration of the Fellowship of Mennonite Churches in Taiwan (FOMCIT). This was held on 25-26 October 2014 with more than 1,100 Taiwanese Mennonites in attendance.To view this photo album click on the title above, click here to read more about this event.
On 18 May, 2014, the three Anabaptist conferences in Colombia came together for a United Worship Service, a Fraternal Anabaptist Encounter, with MWC visitors who were in Colombia for the Executive and YABs Committee meetings. To view this photo album, click on the title above. To see more photos from the event on the MWC Facebook page, click here.
In Indonesia, many Javanese churches have a unique tradition of thanksgiving to the Lord called “Undhuh-Undhuh”. They have a church service led by the pastor to give thanks for God’s goodness and mercy. A week before the service, churches are asked to prepare a decorated table in front of pulpit or some other place in the church, so worshippers have enough time to prepare the best that they can bring to church on World Fellowship Sunday. Click here for more on MWC's World Fellowship Sunday 2014.
An enthusiastic and joyous welcome and long lists of needs greeted a Mennonite World Conference delegation during a visit to member churches in Angola the first week of September 2013. For more information read the full article here.
Leaders of European Mennonite conferences held their annual meeting in Elspeet, Holland, in November 2012. There was discussion about creating a centre of coordination, the renewal of the peace witness and the varied perspectives of the churches in Europe. For more information read the full article here.
Photo gallery - Anabaptists from Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Chile came together for the biannual gathering of the Mennonites of the Southern Cone, in Chile, 23-27 January. For more information read the MWC story about the Southern Cone Gathering, and the MWC story about the Latin America Women Theologians.
In Tshikapa, the headquarters of Communauté Mennonite au Congo – CMCO, Mennonites from three continents gathered to praise for “100 years of evangelization and cultural encounters.”
Hanspeter Jecker, professor of history at Bienenberg Seminary near Basel, Switzerland, led one of the Anabaptist tours during the May 2012 meeting of the Mennonite World Conference General Council.