Era of Reform Mennonites
Era of Reform

Term used to describe the inheritors of sixteenth-century anabaptist traditions.

Swedish Mennonite woman

The term also includes but is not limited to Hutterites and the Amish. After the initial turbulence of the reformation, Mennonite belief and practice stabilized into a fairly uniform pattern. The overarching ideal is the restoration of apostolic purity as it is evident in the Bible. Mennonites practice a voluntary congregationalism, pacifism, personal discipleship, congregational discipline. Baptism is restricted to professing believers and the Lord's Supper is understood to be a memorial event.

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