Mennonitische Europäische Regionale Konferenz (MERK)

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The Mennonitische Europäische Regionale Konferenz (MERK; European Mennonite Regional Conference) originated when several leaders attending the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) at Curitiba, Brazil, in 1972 suggested the planning of an assembly in 1975 to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the beginnings of the Anabaptist movement. The meeting's purpose was to strengthen and renew Mennonite congregations in Europe. Although intended initially as a one-time event, at the end of the meeting participants decided to create a lasting structure with meetings to be held once or twice between sessions of MWC assemblies. In this way European Mennonites formed a regional conference similar to those on other continents: the Asia Mennonite Conference, the Africa Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Fellowship; and the Congreso Menonita Latinamericano. MERK has become an instrument for reflection and reorientation of Mennonites in Europe. Meetings were held as follows: 8-13 July 1975, at Bienenberg, near Liestal, Switzerland; 19-22 May 1977, at Elspeet, Holland; 28-31 May 1981, at Enkenbach, Germany; 12-15 May 1988, at Tramelan, Switzerland.

See also Inter-Mennonite Cooperation

Author(s) Samuel Gerber
Date Published 1987

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 577. All rights reserved.

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