California Mennonites (Young Center Books in Anabaptist and by Brian Froese

By Brian Froese

Books approximately Mennonites have founded 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 overlook the original background of the multitude of Mennonites residing at the West Coast. In California Mennonites, Brian Froese is dependent upon archival church files to envision the Mennonite event within the Golden kingdom, from the nineteenth-century migrants who got here looking for sunshine and fertile soil to the routinely agrarian group that struggled with problems with urbanization, race, gender, schooling, and exertions within the 20th century to the evangelically orientated, in part assimilated Mennonites of today.

Froese areas Mennonite studies opposed to a backdrop of significant old occasions, together with international struggle II and Vietnam, and social matters, from hard work disputes to the evolution of psychological well-being care. California Mennonites comprise those who embody a variety of 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 useful ties to secular govt courses whereas retaining a quiet connection to faith.

Through their reviews of non secular range, altering demographics, and battle, California Mennonites have wrestled with complex questions of what it ability to be American, Mennonite, and smooth. This book—the first of its kind—will attract historians and non secular reports students alike.

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