Historical Commission publishes insert, announces 2014 grants


Competitive grants offered for second year

Historical Commission news release

The Historical Commission of the U.S. and Canadian Mennonite Brethren Churches has released a new Profiles of Mennonite Faith bulletin insert biography and has announced that it will again offer two funded initiatives for 2014.

The newest biography, written by Conrad Stoesz, highlights Mennonite conscientious objectors (COs) during World War 2. Stoesz, an archivist at the Mennonite Heritage Centre, a ministry of Mennonite Church Canada, frames the story of how Mennonites and other peace church denominations appealed to U.S. and Canadian governments to offer alternative service options by referring to his grandfather’s experience.

Profiles of Mennonite Faith is a series of biographies about Anabaptists and Mennonites who, in various ways, exemplified Christian faithfulness. Produced by the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission, these biographies are published on a quarterly basis and distributed free of charge to Mennonite Brethren congregations for use as bulletin inserts. A complete list of published profiles is available at www.mbhistory.org

The two Historical Commission grant initiatives were introduced in 2013 and will be offered again in 2014.

The first is an open research grant of $1,500 in support of research and publication relating to the history and contribution of Mennonite Brethren women. The grant is made possible by generous support from the Katie Funk Wiebe Fund.

The second is a summer archival internship designed to give a college or seminary student practical archival experience at each of the four Mennonite Brethren archival institutions in North America. Spanning five weeks during May and June (exact dates to be determined), the intern will spend a week at each of the MB archives (Winnipeg, Man.; Hillsboro, Kan.; Fresno, Calif.; and Abbotsford, BC. Airfare and accommodations are included along with a $2,000 stipend.

Criteria and application details for both of these funded initiatives are available at www.mbhistory.org. News of last year's recipients is also on the website.


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