About EMC 2018
The tenth European Mennonite conference will be a celebration, inspiring and encouraging us to live as followers of Christ, with artistic contributions for the young and young at heart.
With nearly 500 years of collective history (1525-2025), Anabaptist-Mennonites wish to continue sharing the Christian values that impel us.
Mennonites are a protestant denomination that traces back to the days of Martin Luther and arose in Germany, the Netherlands, the Alsace and Switzerland at the beginning of the 16th century. Like other protestant churches, they emphasised the believer’s direct access to Scripture, and implemented simpler forms of church services than was customary at the time.
Early Mennonites and Anabaptists were called the radical reformers, distinguished by their view that belief in God was the result of a personal process and a conscious decision of the individual. For this reason, Mennonites baptise adults rather than infants. Members are encouraged to follow the principle of non-violence. Other principles include: participation of all believers, thus reducing the gap between clergy and laypeople; and a simple life style, of sharing and prayer. According to some historians, the Anabaptist movement was a precursor to modernity in its call for separation of church and state, which was rejected. The name Mennonite derives from a Dutch priest, Menno Simons, who was an Anabaptist leader in the Reformation.
(Source : Editions Mennonites)
The conferences of the European Mennonite churches
participating in the EMC 2018
Association des Églises Évangéliques Mennonites de France
Bund der Mennonitische Freikirche Österreich
Iglesia Evangélica Menonita
Associaçao Irmaos Menonitas de Portugalã
Konferenz der Mennoniten der Schweiz, Conférence mennonite suisse
Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Mennonistischer Gemeinden
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Mennonitischer Brüdergemeinden
Bund Taufgesinnter Gemeinden
- 1975 Bienenberg, Switzerland
- 1977 Elspeet, Netherlands
- 1981 Enkenbach, Germany
- 1988 Tramelan, Switzerland
- 1993 Colmar, France
- 1996 Elspeet, Netherlands
- 2000 Ludwigshafen, Germany
- 2006 Barcelona, Spain
- 2012 Sumiswald, Switzerland
- 2018 Montbéliard, France