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Verbondt van Eenigheydt (Alliance of Unity), an arrangement between a number of Dutch Mennon­ite churches made at Utrecht on 9 September 1664, and ratified by 98 ministers and deacons, representing 28 churches in a meeting held at Leiden, 1 and 2 October 1664. This Alliance meant a concentration of the conservatives after the Dutch Mennonites had been divided by the Lammerenkrijgh into a more progressive (Lamist) and a more conservative (Zon­ist) part. The arrangement is embodied in six articles, which state that the existing and approved confessions of faith that were in harmony with the Scriptures were to be maintained; ministers who opposed these confessions were to be suspended, and newly chosen ministers were to subject themselves to the authority of the confessions. The representatives promised each other to stand together, to main­tain the basic creed of the church and to invite other churches to join the Alliance. A booklet containing die minutes of the Utrecht and Leiden meet­ings and inviting similarly minded churches to join the Alliance was published under the title Het Oprecht Verbondt van Eenigheydt . . . met minnelijcke aenbiedinge aen alle die soo gesint zijn (Rot­terdam, 1664; reprints Amsterdam 1665, Haarlem 1700, Rotterdam 1739). The Verbondt van Eenig­eydt was not a confession of faith as is stated by Herman Schijn, but an agreement to maintain the approved confessions. This Alliance of the conservatives, soon generally called Zonists, in course of time developed into the Zonist Conference (Societeit).

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Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1863): 60; (1898): 18.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: I, Nos. 706, 885-87.

Meihuizen, H. W. Galenus Abrahamsz. Haarlem, 1954: 104-8.

Schijn, Hermann. Uitvoeriger Verhandeling van de Geschiedenisse der Mennoniten. Amsterdam: Kornelis de Wit, 1744: II (1744) 212.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 810. All rights reserved.

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