The Irish Mennonite Movement began in 1978 when Mike Garde was sent to Dublin by the London Mennonite Fellowship. He was joined by two families from North America and later by Irish members.
The goal of the team was to address Irish Christians with Anabaptist and Mennonite insights in the area of peace and biblical ethics. The project was jointly supported by Mennonite Central Committee and the Mennonite Board of Missions (Mennonite Church).
The first few years were spent in renovating a house purchased in 1979 to serve as a focus of ministry. An intentional community was established to incarnate members' beliefs, but they chose not to form a Mennonite denomination. The Dublin Mennonite Community had eleven members in 1986, A peace church is essential in a country where Catholic and Protestants are not reconciled.
Garde, Mike. "Irish Theology." Mission Focus: Current Issues (1980): 200.
Mennonite World Handbook Supplement. Strasbourg, France, and Lombard, IL: Mennonite World Conference, 1984: 120.
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