By Brian Froese
Books approximately Mennonites have situated totally on the East Coast and the Midwest, the place the vast majority of Mennonite groups within the usa can be found. yet those narratives forget the original historical past of the multitude of Mennonites residing at the West Coast. In California Mennonites, Brian Froese depends on archival church documents to envision the Mennonite event within the Golden nation, from the nineteenth-century migrants who got here looking for sunshine and fertile soil to the frequently agrarian group that struggled with problems with urbanization, race, gender, schooling, and exertions within the 20th century to the evangelically orientated, partly assimilated Mennonites of today.
Froese areas Mennonite reviews opposed to a backdrop of significant old occasions, together with global conflict II and Vietnam, and social concerns, from exertions disputes to the evolution of psychological healthiness care. California Mennonites contain those who embody various ideologies: many are traditionally rooted within the sixteenth-century Reformation beliefs of the early Anabaptists (pacifism, congregationalism, discipleship); a few embody twentieth-century American evangelicalism (missions, Billy Graham); and others are dedicated to a kind of social justice that consists of forging sensible ties to secular executive courses whereas holding a quiet connection to faith.
Through their stories of non secular range, altering demographics, and conflict, California Mennonites have wrestled with advanced questions of what it ability to be American, Mennonite, and sleek. This book—the first of its kind—will entice historians and non secular experiences students alike.
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California Mennonites (Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies) by Brian Froese