Marginal or Mainstream?
Anabaptists, Mennonites and Modernity in European Society

Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas
June 25 and 26, 2010

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Friday, June 25, 2010
8:30-8:45 a.m.Plenary Session
Welcome and Introduction
Krehbiel Auditorium
8:45-10 a.m.Keynote Address: The Cost of Context: Anabaptist/Mennonite History in the Early Modern European Past and in the Future
Thomas Brady, Professor of the Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley
Krehbiel Auditorium
10-10:30 a.m.Coffee BreakBCMC Sanctuary
10:30 a.m.-noonConcurrent Session One A:
Contemporary Applications of Anabaptist Theology

Chair: Duane Friesen

Anabaptist Sacramentalism and Its Contemporary Appropriation
Brian Brewer, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

Mennonite Confessions of Faith: At the Margins or at the Center of Modern Expression?
Karl Koop, Canadian Mennonite University

A 'Marginal' Religious European Community: The Twentieth-Century Italian Mennonite Church
Andrea Borella, University of Turin
Kaufman House (KIPCOR offices)
Concurrent Session One B:
Creating and Responding to German Developments in the Long Nineteenth Century

Chair: Lois Barrett

A Rural Middle Class: Mennonite Peasant Merchants in the Palatinate, Rhine-Hesse and the Northern Upper Rhine Valley (1780-1880)
Frank Konersman, University of Bielefeld

Changing Definitions of Treason and Religious Freedom for Mennonites in Prussia, 1780-1880
Mark Jantzen, Bethel College

New Ways or Old Paths? Thoughts and Tips on Childrearing from Anna Brons (1892)
Marion Kobelt-Groch, University of Hamburg

Bethel College Mennonite Church Sanctuary
noon-1 p.m.LunchSchultz Student Center
1-2 p.m.Concurrent Session Two A:
Never Rural, Always Urban - Congregational Microhistories

Chair: John Thiesen

Isaac von den Block, Painter and Mennonite at Gdansk in the Early Seventeenth Century
Rainer Kobe, University of Trier

From the Margins to the Center: Four Centuries of Mennonites in Krefeld
Christoph Wiebe, Krefeld

Kaufman House (KIPCOR offices)
Concurrent Session Two B:
Issues in Dutch Mennonite History

Chair: John Sharp

Church Discipline and State Infrastructure
Troy Osborne, Bluffton University

Mennonites, Capitalism and Modernity: Weber Revisited
Mary S. Sprunger, Eastern Mennonite University
Bethel College Mennonite Church Sanctuary
2-3 p.m.Coffee BreakBCMC Sanctuary
3-6 p.m.Bus Tour of Russian Mennonite immigration to Central Kansas - Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church and Immigrant House, Goessel, and Peter Paul Loewen Adobe House, HillsboroKauffman Museum Parking Lot
6-7:30 p.m.Breadbasket's German Buffet amidst the exhibits at Kauffman Museum (museum entrance fee included in meal ticket price)
7:30-8:30 p.m.After Dinner Lecture: Light in the West: The International Educational Mission of Bethel College
Keith Sprunger, Bethel College
Saturday, June 26, 2010
9-10:30 a.m.Session Three: Mennonites and the Dutch Enlightenment
Chair: Keith Sprunger

Doopsgezinden, Nonresistance, and the Radical Impulse in the Early Modern Dutch Republic
Michael Driedger, Brock University

Dutch Mennonites and Enlightenment Natural Knowledge
Ernie Hamm, York University

The Dutch Enlightenment Revisited: Mennonites and Politics in Late Eighteenth-Century Friesland
Yme Kuiper, University of Groningen
Bethel College Mennonite Church Sanctuary
10:30-11 a.m.Coffee BreakBCMC Sanctuary
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Session Four: Mennonite Interactions with Russian Society
Chair: John Roth

The Mennonite Privileges and Russian Modernization: Communities on a Path Leading from Separateness to Legal and Social Unification (18th and 19th Centuries)
Nataliya Venger, Dnipropetrovsk University

P.A. Stolypin and the Mennonite-Evangelical Alliance: Government's Perceptions of the Anabaptist Threat in Late Imperial Russia 1905-1914
Andrey Ivanov, Yale University

Mennonites as Catalytic Agents in the Free Church History in Russia
Johannes Dyck, Bibelseminar Bonn

Bethel College Mennonite Church Sanctuary
12:30-1:30 p.m.LunchSchultz Student Center
1:30-2:30 p.m. Session Five: Mennonites and Modernization in Central Asia
Chair: James Juhnke

Mennonites in Central Asia: Investment into Modernizaiton of Economics and Culture (ca. 1880 to 1940)
Dilaram Inoyatova, National University of Uzbekistan

Mennonites in Khiva: A Modernizing Community
Walter Ratliff, Associated Press, Washington, D.C.

Bethel College Mennonite Church Sanctuary
2:30-3 p.m.Coffee BreakBCMC Sanctuary
3-4:30 p.m.Session Six: Mennonites and the Third Reich
Chair: Rachel Waltner Goossen

Reception of the 'Two Kingdoms Doctrine' as a Key to Understanding Protestant Responses to National Socialism in Germany
Jeremy Koop, York University

Mennonites and National Socialism: Historiography and Open Questions
John D. Thiesen, Bethel College

Mennonites and the SS: Ethnic German Resettlement Policy in Province Poznan and the Reichsgau Wartheland
James Regier, University of Notre Dame

Bethel College Mennonite Church Sanctuary
4:30-5 p.m.Initial Conclusions: Mark JantzenBethel College Mennonite Church Sanctuary
6 p.m.DinnerSchultz Student Center