Vereeniging van Doopsgezinde Gemeenten

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Vereeniging van Doopsgezinde Gemeenten (Union of Dutch Mennonite congregations), better known under its common name "Haarlemsche Vereeni­ging," was founded at Haarlem in 1860. Its objec­tives were fivefold: (a) to regulate the cases when poor members, financially supported by the church, moved to another congregation; it was agreed that in such circumstances the poor members be support­ed for ten years by the congregation from which they came, unless the church to which they moved was willing to take over the relief, which was stipu­lated; (b) to arrange the question of church letters, when a member moved to another congregation; though a Dutch Mennonite can remain a member of a congregation after he has left its territory, it is considered better that he join the church of his resi­dence; (c) the care of Mennonite orphans, particu­larly in impecunious congregations, by founding an Orphans' Fund; by 1905 this fund amounted to 45,000 Dutch guilders; (d) to consider and promote the founding of new congregations; this project was discussed in the yearly meeting of 1864; (e) to take care of Mennonites living in the Diaspora, first dis­cussed in 1894.

In 1860, 69 congregations joined the association, soon followed by others. At first meetings were held each year to discuss the different problems. As its various objectives were gradually committed to subdivisional committees, meetings were held only every fifth year, the last time in July 1925. When the care of members in the Diaspora (see Verstrooiing) was assumed by the Algemeene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit (ADS) in 1923, the Vereeniging van Doopsgezinde Gemeenten was dis­solved, its subdivision for the care of the orphans becoming an independent association.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1861): 94-102; (1876): 69; (1894): 74 f. 79, 110; (1905): 196 f., 200.

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, No. 1001; II, 2, 163 f.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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