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Mennonite rules on dating

Yet, even among the more liberal denominations, informal marriage arrangements and a Concern for selection of partners from within the church continue through church-sponsored events like camps, retreats, and institutions of higher education.

If you were not raised Mennonite, what caused you to consider that tradition and eventually subscribe to it? Yes, I was raised “Mennonite.” Actually, I’m part of an offshoot group called the Mennonite Brethren. My Great Grandpa Penner boarded a ship in the dark of night to find a new home that would be hospitable to their way of life. So, yes, I was raised Mennonite, but here’s where things get interesting… Two distinctive convictions that shaped the Anabaptist (broad Mennonite tradition from the radical reformationperiod) way include: 1) nonviolence and 2) suspicion of earthly governments (nationalism).

By the time I was being reared in the church, only a slim minority actually held to these views.

Marriage is strictly monogamous, and historically families negotiated the conditions of marriage (again, arrangements varied from group to group).

Although most currently conduct church weddings, they tend to be simpler than typical Protestant ceremonies.

The Umbitter (matchmaker) was usually a role played by the church pastor or elders among the Dutch, Prussian, and Russian Mennonites.

Among the Old Colony and Holdeman Mennonites a form of matchmaking continues.

The interview series has been such a success, I’m planning to extend it through the fall!