Author: Gareth Brandt

The Radicals

I have seen “The Radicals” more than twenty times and I am still gripped by the personal story of the Sattlers amidst the story of the Anabaptist movement amidst the macro-story of the sixteenth century upheaval in central Europe. What is your response to the movie? Here are a few quotes from the movie that […]

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Women in Ministry

Women in Ministry There is disagreement among scholars as to the role of women among sixteenth century Anabaptists. It was the medieval era after all and women were not accepted as persons or leaders in the larger society or church at the time. Yet, the strong belief in believer’s baptism, freedom of conscience, calling of […]

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The times they are a changin’

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. King was instrumental in bringing about radical changes within an unjust political and social system in the USA. I believe that the 1960’s were in many ways the beginning of a new era that is still ongoing. Bob Dylan, another prophet of the day sang, “The times they […]

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Mennonite Food

I grew up on a small mixed farm on the prairies, with a large garden that provided all of our fruits and vegetables for a year as well as providing some produce for market. I definitely took it for granted back then, but no longer! Now, as an urbanite, the few skills I picked up […]

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How I became an Anabaptist

How I Became an Anabaptist I grew up a prairie boy, I grew up rural, I grew up separate, I grew up sheltered, I grew up Low German, I grew up in the church, I grew up conservative, I grew up evangelical, I grew up Mennonite. In school they called me a Nazi. They called […]

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