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Annual Fund Raising Banquet: 2013

Speaker: Dr. John B. Toews

6:00 pm Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Topic: Mennonite Pacifists in Ukraine Amidst Anarchy (1917-1920)

Emmanuel Mennonite Church,
3471 Clearbrook Road,
Abbotsford, B.C.

Ticket price: $25.00
All reserved tickets must be prepaid
(Visa, Master Card, & American Express accepted)

For more information please contact:
Mennonite Historical Society of BC
211 - 2825 Clearbrook Road,
Abbotsford, B.C. V2T 6S3
E-Mail: archives@mhsbc.com
Telephone: (604) 853-6177

Regent College Biography: Website.

Mennonites leaving Prussia and settling in Russia in the late 18th and early 19th centuries were protected by a bill of "rights and privileges" known as the Privilegium. They were exempt from all military and state service. Yet in the 1870s the tsarist government demanded some form of state service which, after lengthy negotiations, took the form of the forestry service. For Mennonites in Russia and Ukraine, this became the accepted expression of pacifism until the outbreak of World War I. During the war many young men served in the non-combatant medical service on Red Cross trains taking wounded from the front lines. Rather suddenly the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and the resulting Civil War destroyed the existing social order and plunged Ukraine into chaos and anarchy. Was an historic, institutionalized pacifism capable of addressing the crisis? The lecture will seek to address this question.